A story in the Washington Post this morning, questioning why Scott Walker never finished college, is a signal that the next presidential election has started. The Post struck a glancing blow at best—while it speculated that there was more to Walker’s decision to drop out than has normally been told, it uncovered no new facts, nor anything that contradicted Walker’s oft-repeated assertions that he found a job, had interests elsewhere, meant to go back, but never did.But just because the journalistic bullet missed its mark this time does not mean the hunt has not begun. Short of a sitting President (like Richard Nixon), presidential candidates are about the biggest game in the journalist’s field guide. Stories like the “Monkey Business” scandal that brought down Gary Hart remain national—or at least, political—lore long after the candidate in question has faded from the scene.In many ways, the media’s first shots (Jeb came in for one a few weeks ago) mark the beginning of primary season far more than the Iowa Caucuses will. Think of this ritual as our national version of the medieval trial by ordeal: if the story floats, he’s a witch. This one sank, but it won’t be the last. The race—and the race for every journalist to bag a candidate—is on.