Well, the November 2012 General Election is over, the results filed if not fully digested, and the campaigns for the next one begin. This is situation normal.
Republican Shelley Moore Capito, having won her seventh term in the House, announced that she will run in 2014 for the U.S. Senate seat that Democrat Jay Rockefeller has held since 1984.
It's a testament to Capito's seriousness that she clarified her position early. Everyone in the state - voters, fund-raisers, political activists, other politicians - needs to know who is in and who is out.
Capito's announcement of her intentions helps other people decide what they are going to do.
Rockefeller, 75, has not said whether he will seek another term. But Aaron Blake of The Washington Post observed that Rockefeller is "considered one of the more likely retirees in 2014, and Capito's decision should increase the pressure on him to decide sooner rather than later."
The West Virginia Poll showed Capito, 59, with a 48-44 percent advantage in a head-to-head race with Rockefeller, with 8 percent of those polled undecided.
Small wonder that many people have urged her to run. And as Daily Mail Capitol Reporter Ry Rivard noted, Capito's decision will affect others as well.
If Capito's seat will come open in two short years, who will Republicans run? And what kind of candidate will the Democrats field after losing the 2nd District House seat seven cycles in a row?
This will require careful calculation, as will Democrats' choice for the U.S. Senate.