The Democratic Side is Just as Boring

Speculation about the Democratic nominating contest for 2016 is equally boring. Yes, it would be kind of interesting if Russ Feingold came out of retirement to vie for the nomination, but is there even a hint of evidence that he is contemplating such a move, much less that he might be successful? Bernie Sanders has made rumblings, but just his age alone precludes him from being a strong challenger. Al Gore is the only Democrat with the stature, donor base, and experience to really challenge Hillary Clinton, and that wouldn’t necessarily be a challenge from her left. Consider who Gore chose as his running mate. A Clinton/Gore matchup would have a lot of family feuding drama, but it wouldn’t automatically be an ideological war.

But Gore isn’t running. Biden doesn’t have a chance. Martin O’Malley is running out of time to catch fire with the grassroots base and build an organization. Elizabeth Warren has officially “encouraged” Hillary to run.

Is the left even in the mood to have an ideological battle in 2016? Perhaps there is some appetite for it, but I haven’t seen it reflected in our elected leaders. The Republicans are acting so badly that the left has united in response and reaction.

Personally, I’d be up for an ideological battle, but I am not going to lie to you and say that I see many people by my side.

The story of the Democratic nominating contest for 2016 remains that Hillary Clinton is still a juggernaut. And that’s just not a very interesting story.

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Martin Longman

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