Peggy Noonan has a column out today asking why the 2008 presidential elections are starting so early. I think one of the main explainations is that given President Bush’s low approval ratings, a lot of people of people want a new president. This hit me when I saw a FoxNews poll yesterday showing that the preference for the presidential election to start earlier was divided among party lines. Among Democrats, only 37 percent thought it was too early for presidential candidates to be campaigning, compared with 59 percent who thought it wasn’t. Among Republicans, the numbers are almost the total reverse –58 percent say too early, 38 percent say not too early. So, it seems like there’s some correlation between how a group feels about Bush and how they feel about the early start to the presidential election.