Andrew Rice writes in with an interesting take on my story today about the Obama campaign's efforts to assure concerned supporters that only early voting primary states matter, even as Hillary seems to be pulling away.
"I wonder whether the real story of this primary campaign won't end up being that frontloading neutralized the comparative advantage traditionally enjoyed by big fund-raisers. Stuff like name recognition and Q ratings might matter much more in a "national" primary. And that could be good news for candidates like John McCain or John Edwards, both of whom have been out there before. I wonder if the migration that that the Obama people predict might not go to the other way, from the unknown quantity to the known ones, Hillary and Edwards. I also wonder if frontloading might make it possible for someone like Al Gore to enter the race very late in the game–the barrage of free media coverage that would accompany his announcement would dwarf anything that any other candidate could buy."