Thursday, June 18, 2015

THE PRAIRIE EDITOR: Is There A Democrat Who Wants To Be President?

Although there are clear signs in the polls that Hillary
Clinton’s hitherto massive lead for the Democratic
nomination is fading, she is still on a direct path for her
party’s nod. But she is one serious Democratic opponent
away from seeing that lead truly challenged and overtaken
in the primaries and caucuses ahead.

In spite of her name recognition, fundraising and gender
(all distinct advantages in 2016), most Republican strategists
I know hope that she, and not some talented fresh face, will
be the Democratic nominee next year against the eventual
Republican nominee.

Why is that?

It is because of the fact that she is a very poor campaigner,
inherently secretive and journalist-avoiding, and tied to an
unendingly controversial story about her own record and
and that of her husband.

While the Republicans have a natural advantage in 2016 after
eight years of President Obama and his left-turning policies,
there is no guarantee that their nominee will win.

In 2014, conservatives swept to a landslide mid-term election
by recruiting mostly talented fresh faces, especially for close
senate races. The GOP gained 9 seats and control of the U.S.
senate. While on paper the Democrats have a mathematical
advantage for senate races in 2016, their failure to recruit new
talent so far, but to depend on past losing candidates, has
made their effort to take back control problematic.

Mrs. Clinton is obviously not wearing well on the campaign
trail. Repeated political facelifts are providing only temporary
boosts to her campaign.

There are at least three significant Democrats who could
provide a fresh face, and a serious candidacy for the presidency
in 2016. They are Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren,
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, and New York Governor
Andrew Cuomo. There are also some less well-known liberals
who might emerge as formidable in 2016. All indications so far
are that none of them is yet willing to enter the Democratic
nomination contest.

The Republicans will have a very visible and open contest for
their nomination. Just as the left has its Bernie Sanders, the
right has its Donald Trump.

But only the Republicans, so far, have a true “team of rivals.”

Copyright (c) 2015 by Barry Casselman. All rights reserved.

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