Earlier today I wrote a reasonably full and serious response to George Packer’s essay about this (and perhaps the previous) presidential election squeezing the joy out of politics for him. I looked at definitions of what made politics “fun” and considered some history and most of all focused on the stakes for this election. But I didn’t realize until reading Dylan Byers’ response to Packer at Politico that there was a much easier way to find yo’ fun. An example:

[T]here are fascinating subplots in the GOP primary, including but not limited to the Sunshine State race between Bush and Rubio and the Rick Perry ‘comeback kid’ effort.

Really, really didn’t think about the Rick Perry “comeback kid” story when considering the Fun Factor for ’16. Thanks, Dylan!

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.