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UPDATE: Because I'm seeing some confusion in the comments, this is why I wrote this diary:

None of the Democratic women in the Senate are players for 2016. It's either Hillary, or American women wait another generation to break the thickest of all glass ceilings. -- From a comment by another diarist (not me!) in another diary
With all the diaries for and against Hillary Clinton (and I for one, am getting tired of them since we should be focusing on this year's elections), one would think that there is only one potential Democratic presidential candidate for 2016 and that only Senators can become president. But that's silly. Leaving aside men for purposes of this diary, here are 82 capable Democratic women who have achieved success in the United States.

Granted, some don't want to or can't run for president, but these are women who show that focusing on a solitary candidate 2-1/2 years before the election is exclusionary and unnecessary. Also, keep in mind that this is just a short list of currently active Democrats and doesn't include former senators, representatives, governors, or mayors who might run.

And if anyone is thinking but what about name recognition?, how many Americans had heard of Bill Clinton before 1992? Or Barack Obama before 2008? Or for that matter, Franklin D. Roosevelt before 1932? (It took 4 ballots at the convention before FDR was selected as the candidate.) Let's keep in mind that the election is a bit less than 2-1/2 years away. That's plenty of time for a credible campaign, especially with the United States being blessed with so many exceptional women.

U. S. Senate (16 Democratic women)

CA Barbara Boxer
CA Dianne Feinstein
HI Mazie Hirono
LA Mary Landrieu
MA Elizabeth Warren
MD Barbara Mikulski
MI Debbie Stabenow
MN Amy Klobuchar  
MO Claire McCaskill  
NC Kay Hagan
ND Heidi Heitkamp
NH Jeanne Shaheen
NY Kirsten Gillibrand  
WA Patty Murray
WI Tammy Baldwin
WA Maria Cantwell

U.S. House of Representatives (60 Democratic women)

AL 007 Terri Sewell
AZ 001 Ann Kirkpatrick, 009 Kyrsten Sinema
CA 006 Doris Matsui, 012 Nancy Pelosi, 013 Barbara Lee, 014 Jackie Speier, 018 Anna Eshoo, 019 Zoe Lofgren, 024 Lois Capps, 026 Julia Brownley, 027 Judy Chu, 032 Grace Napolitano, 035 Gloria Negrete McLeod, 037 Karen Bass, 038 Linda Sanchez, 040 Lucille Roybal-Allard,  043 Maxine Waters, 044 Janice Hahn, 046 Loretta Sanchez, 053 Susan Davis
CO 001  Diana DeGette
CT 003 Rosa DeLauro, 005 Elizabeth Esty
FL 005 Corrine Brown, 014 Kathy Castor, 022  Lois Frankel, 023 Debbie Wasserman Schultz, 024 Frederica Wilson
HI 001 Colleen Hanabusa, 002 Tulsi Gabbard  
IL 008 Tammy Duckworth, 002 Robin L. Kelly, 009 Jan Schakowsky, 017 Cheri Bustos
ME 001 Chellie Pingree
MD 004 Donna Edwards
MA 003 Niki Tsongas, 005 Katherine Clark
MN 004 Betty McCollum
NH 001 Carol Shea-Porter, 002 Ann McLane Kuster
NM 001 Michelle Lujan Grisham
NV 001 Dina Titus
NY 004 Carolyn McCarthy, 006 Grace Meng, 007 Nydia Velazquez, 009 Yvette Clarke, 012 Carolyn Maloney, 017 Nita Lowey, 025 Louise Slaughter
OH 003 Joyce Beatty, 009 Marcy Kaptur, 011 Marcia Fudge
OR 01 Suzanne Bonamici
PA 013 Allyson Schwartz  
TX 018 Sheila Jackson Lee, 030 Eddie Bernice Johnson
WA 001 Suzan DelBene
WI 004 Gwen Moore

Female Democratic governor

Governor Maggie Hassan (D-NH)

Female Democratic business executives

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
GM CEO Mary Barra

Female Democratic mayors from 100 largest US cities

Houston, TX (5th largest)- Annise D. Parker
Baltimore, MD (24th largest)- Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Oakland, CA (48th largest)- Jean Quan

Originally posted to edg on Sun Jun 15, 2014 at 04:09 PM PDT.

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