With another presidential election looming, it’s time for another round of articles on the early years of the men and women who covet the White House. These profiles tend to boast deep reporting and skillful writing and spark plenty of buzz among political pundits. Step back, though—and it’s not clear how much they really say. 

Margery Eagan is the co-host of WGBH News' Boston Public Radio.

Adam Reilly is a reporter for WGBH News.

Dan Kennedy is an associate professor at Northeastern University.

Dante Ramos is a columnist at the Boston Globe.