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  •  Hillary holds all the cards, no question. (1+ / 0-)
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    As Schweitzer himself said:

    "If Hillary runs, she walks away with the nomination and then beats whichever Republican," Schweitzer said of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "It's lights out."
    But if Hillary chooses not to run in 2016, it's a wide open Democratic primary, with the Red State populist competing against the Blue State corporatist, Andrew Cuomo, for the nomination. Even with huge amounts of Wall Street money, I don't think it'll be close. Schweitzer will take Iowa, and lock up the nomination in the next month or two.

    My biggest concern with Schweitzer isn't whether or not he'll sell. Once voters have a chance to hear him in the debates, he's gonna catch fire with the base like Edwards did in 2004.

    I anything, my biggest concern is age (Schweitzer is 57 at the moment) and looks (same issue for Hillary, who'll be 69 in 4 years). Being energized and an effective campaigner has never been a problem for Schweitzer. And I've noticed he's slimmed down considerably recently.

    •  69 ain't old, much less 57. (1+ / 0-)
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      One of my concerns about Cuomo, besides the corporatism, is that it seems like he's waiting on Hillary to decide to run or not. That makes me question his desire. Running for president requires a certain level of narcissism - you have to believe that you're the best person for the job and that the country needs you to serve. And if he's looking at other candidates to decide if he's going to run? That signals weakness to me.

    •  She's only two years older than Elizabeth Warren (0+ / 0-)

      yet so many people want Warren to run.  Strange.

      Personally, I'd support Warren in whatever she chooses to do - but I love the thought of her in the Senate, giving Wall Street bankers nightmares and hives.

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