Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) brings us the most depressing Advent Calendar or all time, Calendar pols: A guide to 2015’s key dates
There’s plenty of action leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
- Jan. 13 — The book tours begin
Marco Rubio’s book, “American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone,” comes out on the second Tuesday of January, the first in a slew of tomes being peddled by potential presidential candidates.
He missed the opportunity to use our preferred title, Rake-Stepping for Speed and Accuracy.
- Jan. 20 — The State of the Union
Obama delivers his penultimate State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Eastern. He’ll outline areas where he might be able to reach agreement with Republicans, but he’s also likely to sound more liberated than in recent years, when he was determined to protect red-state Democrats. Last year, Obama stressed his willingness to use his executive authority when Congress does not take action.
As you may recall, the re-branding experts in the GOP are still deciding whether or not they are going to let the first black preznint into the building.
- Feb. 24 — Chicago mayor’s race
Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, must get at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid an April 7 runoff in the race to lead the Windy City. The incumbent’s most formidable challenger, the president of the city’s teachers union, decided not to run after being diagnosed with a brain tumor last fall.
The fickle missing finger of fate award goes to Rahm.
- Feb. 25-28 — CPAC
The Conservative Political Action Conference is the year’s first truly national cattle call for would-be 2016 Republican candidates. Thousands of activists descend on the Gaylord convention center just outside D.C. for three days of speeches.
This is Hate-a-Palooza, wherein the GOP takes the pinheads bowling.
- Feb. 27 — Immigration fight
Conservatives are still hopping mad over Obama’s executive action protecting millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. In February, they’ll get a shot at weakening the president’s hand.
Again, a reminder that not all Republicans are xenophobes and racists. But if you happen to be a xenophobe and/or racist, you probably are a member.
- Spring surprise — New York special
Special elections always get outsize media attention, mainly because not much else is going. But the race for outgoing GOP Rep. Michael Grimm’s seat will be supercharged because it’ll likely be the year’s first special election, it’s inside the country’s largest media market, and it comes against a backdrop of racial unrest.
Step away from the balcony, son.
- March 19 — Hillary’s last paid speech
One of 2015’s biggest questions is when Hillary Clinton will formally announce she’s running for president.
The former secretary of state has committed to delivering the keynote address on March 19 at a conference organized by the New York and New Jersey chapter of the American Camp Association.
Show Hillary the cheddar. No way she’ll cancel this.
- April 6 — Opening Day in D.C.
The Washington Nationals’ first home game of the new season is against the New York Mets at 4:05 p.m. on this day. It’s an unofficial holiday in the Capitol, and many POLITICOs will go off the grid for the afternoon. So we’d be grateful if the people we write about don’t use this as an opportunity for a news dump.
Shorter TBOTP: “Don’t make us do our jobs!” — not to worry, guys, you don’t do it anyway.
The list goes on and on. Not sure if it is worthy reading, but it will give you a sense of dread.