Hillary’s toast. Meat. Finito. Over. Put her on That Nineties Show, or out to pasture. But who else is there to represent the criminal organization masquerading as a political party in the next presidential election? (Hint: it’s going to be another granny, Elizabeth Warren.) But over at Bloomberg, Jonathan Bernstein is offended at the very notion that the What’s In It For Me Party has run out of both ideas and candidates. As Ace of Spades likes to say: Serious You Guys:
Dan Balz of the Washington Post says Democrats have a problem for 2016: “The absence of a strong Democratic bench.” National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar replies, “Spot-on.” The New York Times repeats the “weak bench” line and quotes Democrats who agree that their party would be in trouble without Hillary Clinton.
Let’s think about this, assuming the “bench” would be the field of potential candidates for the party’s presidential nomination and include names other than Joe Biden (who is 72).
There’s Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor, who is actually running. And Elizabeth Warren. And Andrew Cuomo, Al Franken, Tim Kaine, Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner. Oh, and Michael Bennet, Mike Beebe, Christine Gregoire, Maggie Hassan, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand, John Hickenlooper and Deval Patrick.
They don’t seem presidential?
Well, no. The offensively radical O’Malley won’t withstand a moment of scrutiny (see the job Dana Milbank, of all people, did on him here), Cuomo may be indicted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for vilenesses various… and as for the rest of them, only a Virginian or their mothers could pick them out of a police lineup. Sherrod Brown? John Hickenlooper? And don’t forget John Kerry!