But there's also reason to believe the field will winnow out rather quickly over the ensuing year, and the race will come down to three or so of the better-known and better-funded candidates in the homestretch.
In the end, this election cycle is going to be known as the year of the governors, candidates who will be touting their hands-on executive experience and a track record for running a state government and getting things done.
The American people, to their regret, experimented with the idea of putting an inexperienced, flashy orator in the White House simply on the basis of empty promises and soaring rhetoric.
The result has been the longest, weakest economic recovery since the 1930s, a mountain of deficits, debt and added taxes, unending bureaucratic scandals, and a more dangerous world that threatens our national security.
Yes, there are some very promising freshmen senators who, from the day they came to Washington, decided they were ready to run the country -- and someday they may be. But they're not ready to tackle the problems that afflict our government, let alone run the country.