Duncan Hunter

The carnival of local politics

The carnival of local politics

The April 23 column offered a gossipy early preview of the June 2016 elections. Many boldface names were dropped along the way.

To some this appeared premature. The election is a year away. The general election, with its presidential allure, is 17 months out.

But now is the exciting time when campaigns are being launched and scuttled, the time when the field for any given seat is being narrowed by attrition or by negotiation.

There is a certain drama about this, drama that is entertaining in its own right, independent of the substance of politics. The story of our society and of our communities at this moment in history is every bit as...