A President's Day Nominee in 2008

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The rushed 2008 presidential race, already pedal to the metal earlier than ever before, is starting to look as though it could produce likely nominees as early as mid-February 2008. That's more than six months before the actual nominating conventions. The reason: Big states, like Florida and California, are tired of being overshadowed by New Hampshire and Iowa and want to play a larger role in picking the nominee. But now lots of states are following suit and plan primaries and caucuses by mid-February. Seeing it coming, the political parties are already making plans to have their headquarters invaded by the probable nominee's aides. The Republican National Committee, for example, has set aside 15 offices and cubicles for them. The Dems also have space "so we'll be ready to accommodate our nominee whenever (s)he arrives," an insider E-mails us.