Good Day World!
When President Obama’s second term ends there’s going to be a huge vacuum in the Democratic Party.
The question today: “ Who is going to fill that vacuum?”
Can you think of anyone other than Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden? Don’t feel bad if you can’t. Most Americans would be hard-pressed to come up with other possibilities.
I suspect the Democratic lineup of presidential candidates for 2016 are going to look a lot like the clowns the Republicans featured on the last go-around.
In other words, a circus. If there’s any consolation for liberals it’s the likelihood that the Republicans will be fielding yet another new round of clowns. There is a slight possibility that one of the last group of GOP clowns, Mitt Romney, may try to join the upcoming presidential candidate circus.
Hillary has been playing coy about her White House ambitions. If I were a betting man, I’d say she’s going to run for the presidency.The First Lady-turned US Senator-turned-Secretary of State is the most frequently mentioned possible candidate.
Age may be an issue for her, however. Hillary will be 69 years old in 2016. Ronald Reagan was 69 when he won in 1980.
“Say it ain’t so” the gaffe-prone, Joe Biden, has hinted at running in 2016. Vice-Presidents are typically shoe-ins for their party’s next nomination should they seek it.
Again, age may be an issue for Joe; he’ll be 74 in 2016. While he did not fare well in the 2008 nominating contest, he was selected as Obama’s running-mate allegedly for his foreign policy “expertise.”
I’d say his chances are pretty slim. The GOP would probably love to see him as their opponent which would automatically have the effect of making their new crop of clowns more viable.
Have you ever heard of Cory Booker?
Like Obama, Booker was raised in a mostly well-to-do family, attended the best schools and universities, graduated from law school, and immediately became involved in politics.
He is much more experienced than Obama was in the sense that at least he was a mayor of a city.
The downside…most Americans would say “Who is this guy?” His national profile is knee-high to an ant.
Then we have the ‘polarizer” Andrew Cuomo. You either love or hate this guy.
Andrew is the most experienced of the potential field. He served as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under Bill Clinton and as New York Attorney General before being elected Governor of New York.
His executive experience in New York and political pedigree would typically be enough to make him a frontrunner for a presidential nomination.
I believe he’s too controversial to go very far. That doesn’t mean I don’t think he’ll give it a shot – he certainly has the money to kick-start a campaign.
Another possible longshot candidate from a big city with a high profile is
Antonio Villaraigosa. If you don’t live in California however, the chances you’ve heard his name are pretty slim.
Antonio gets extra points for having one of the longest political resumes of the potential 2016 Democratic field.
He has been mayor of Los Angeles since 2005. If he runs for president, he would be a clear dark horse.
The last possibility would be Julian Castro.
His experience as mayor of San Antonio, Texas, since 2009 is encouraging. If anybody stood a chance to mimic Barack Obama’s political path it would be Julian.
He’s young, and has a reputation for being a gifted orator, a good statesman,and a charismatic person. Most Americans probably haven’t even heard of him, unless they’re from Texas.
He may be a regional star, but is only a dim light on the national scene. But as Obama proved, anything is possible.
After rambling around the internet, this group is the best I could come up with. If you can think of another possible candidate, please don’t hesitate to share!
Time for me to walk on down the road..