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Will political parties look more alike in 2016?

An article today by Niall Stanage in The Hill says “Hillary leaves left cold.” If truth be known, Hillary leaves many people cold. Ronald Reagan left many liberals cold, but he warmed a nation, apparently. Barack Obama warmed many people at first, but his management approach and results left many more cold. Bill Clinton was hot, until he got so hot his pants caught fire, if you know what I mean. Stanage writes that Hillary’s history of leaning to the right creates several window openings:

Martin O'Malley can do it.
Martin O'Malley can do it.
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  1. An opening for Republicans to pick up more right leaning Democrats
  2. An opening for a more left-leaning Democrat candidate
  3. An opening for Republicans to defeat Democrats by exploiting soft spots

Stanage seems to indicate that the issue is about her affinity with corporations. The American Enterprise Institute would likely appreciate that. They are working to help Mitch McConnell get reelected and for the GOP to recapture the Senate on the basis that:

  1. Mitch can make the Senate perform better
  2. The GOP can improve the general economy

There is no evidence to support either proposition.

If Hillary doesn’t run, who might the Democrats choose?

  • Joe Biden
  • Andrew Cuomo
  • Martin O’Malley
  • Mark Warner
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Kirstin Gillibrand
  • Amy Klobuchar

From this list, America’s best choice from Democrats would come from a combination ticket.

1. Mark Warner and Kirstin Gillibrand

2. Elizabeth Warren and Martin O’Malley

What is common among these tickets? The answer is “balance.” However, unless the Democrats move at once to promote new faces, America will be left in the cold.

“If Hillary Clinton embraces the rising economic populist tide in America, there will be little political space for a credible primary challenger,” said Laura Friedenbach of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “But if she sides with big corporations against everyday people, there will be a huge amount of political space for some insurgent to run on an economic populist platform.”

“Every candidate who thinks about running will be faced with a whole set of questions, on holding Wall Street accountable, on combatting student debt, on expanding social security,” said Ilya Sheyman, the executive director of MoveOn.Org Political Action. “Whether it’s Secretary Clinton or Sen. Warren or others, all of them are going to have to address the issues that progressives really care about.”

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