From The Reagan Diaries, ed. Douglas Brinkley, Harper Collins, 2007:
"Wednesday, May 4, 1983 - Paul Laxalt came by to talk a little politics. He's being pushed by friends who want to start fundraising etc. for '84. We agreed it was not a good idea." (p. 149)
Did you get that? With his bid for re-election only 18 months away, President Reagan decided it was too early to start talking about fundraising.
Granted, he was an incumbent, and we are currently looking at heated primary races in both the Democratic and Republican parties. But it nevertheless seems like these presidential campaigns are getting longer, and longer, and longer . . .