Both political parties held their state conventions last weekend. They filled out their slates of nominees, from state Supreme Court down to school board and university trustee slots.
With that the fall campaigns can fully begin in earnest.
Years ago, in a kinder and gentler era, they used to say that the public really didn’t tune in to campaigns until after the World Series.
Well, that was when the series ended the first week in October. These days it sometimes goes into November, and in Michigan the campaign for governor has been going on for more than a year.
My guess, however, is that most normal people start tuning into campaigns about Labor Day.
Here’s a tip: The media loves conflict and drama, and we tend to play up supposed splits within political parties. Sometimes these are very real, but most of the time those involved forget about their differences before the election because they hate the other party more.