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  •  Rubio is the biggest threat to regain the Oval (4+ / 0-)
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    at this day and time for the Republicans, and I don't really think it's close. It obviously could change over the next two years, but right now he's the early favorite for their nomination unless Jeb Bush gets really interested.

    •  Santorum is locking up (4+ / 0-)

      the crazy votes in Iowa now. If he can somehow portray Rubio as some sort of "squish" it's Game Over (pretty much).

    •  Probably speaks better Spanish than Obama, too. (0+ / 0-)

      Two big questions for 2016:

      1. What state will be the state of the country?

      If the economy doesn't do better in the next 4 years than it has in the last 4, things could be tough for Democrats.

      2. Who's running?

      I haven't noticed a Democratic bench any deeper than the Republicans'.  Hillary Clinton was a decent alternative in 2008, but will the 8 years older Hillary be as interesting in 2016?  She'll be 69 in 2016, just 3 years younger than John McCain was in 2008.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 09:29:05 AM PST

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      •  Geez, Are you kidding? (2+ / 0-)
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        Well, let's see.  There's my favorite (after Hilary of course) Brian Schweitzer.  Hickenlooper from Colorado is getting a lot of mention here, but I think he's VP material.  Elizabeth Warren will have as much experience as Obama did.  So will Tammy Baldwin.  So will Heidi Heitkamp.  Sherrod Brown?  Sheldon Whitehouse?  Mark Warner?  How about Begich from Alaska?

        I'm sure some others will shine over the next four years.  I'm assuming that you don't count Biden either because he's too old.

        •  i think that HRC if she aligns herself (2+ / 0-)
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          with the progressive wing of the party (unlike 2008)
          could easliy win the nomination and the presidency which is the most important thing we need to do.  

          plus, even though she has been SOS these past 4 years its not like we've been hearing from her 24/7 ad nauseum..she's been doing her thing but with little fanfare so overexposure is not a problem...couple that with two years of rest for her and she will be ready in 2015 too run.

          one thing Obama and Bill Clinton have proven is that people want SUPERSTARS now.  brilliant and charismatic folk.
          the repubs have no one in her league.  i say ride the clinton obama clinton wave as long as possible...then? hmmmm ready Michelle?

        •  I can't see Hick for national office (1+ / 0-)
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          for any number of reasons, but one is because he is kinda goofy. I am betting on Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat in a Red State.

          "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

          by shmuelman on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 11:32:22 AM PST

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        • a point. (0+ / 0-)

          I think we have a pretty fantastic bench actually, I just don't think they have as much name recognition nationally as a lot of people on the Republican side. But we are still two years away from having to seriously worry about that.  Obama kind of came out of nowhere too. I'm sure the Democrats thinking of running in 2016 will be hitting the national media circuit hard very soon.


        •  "As much experience as Obama did" (0+ / 0-)

          Now there's a talking point for you!

          So, how many of those people are able to preach outside the choir?

          I'm sure they'll all play in New York, California, and Massachusetts.

          Midwest and south?

          We'll see.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 12:16:17 PM PST

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