If the 2008 presidential election taught potential 2012 candidates anything, it’s that peaking early may actually be your downfall. Still, that hasn’t stopped several 2008 contenders from getting a jump on the coming election cycle.
Looks like the trick is to start building name recognition, publish books (can't wait for Mike Huckabee's Christmas stories) and raise cash -- without assuming the dreaded mantle of frontrunner.
The story looks at the 2008 race and mentions several also-ran candidates, Republican and Democrat. The piece even namechecks Mike Gravel, whose longshot candidacy went out in a blaze of nothing.
But somehow CQ forgot about a certain governor of New Mexico who spent a big chunk of 2007 in Iowa and New Hampshire.