Few will argue that if the presidential preference primaries and caucuses in the states were held today, Democrats would easily nominate Hillary Clinton as their choice to succeed Barack Obama.
But it is a political eternity–14 months exactly–between now and the beginning of that process with the Iowa Caucuses in mid-January 2016. A lot may and likely will transpire that will change the game.
Among the names being floated as potential competition for Hillary are Vice-President Joe Biden, CA Gov. Jerry Brown, MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former VA Sen. Jim Webb, MD Gov. Martin O’Malley, and VT Sen. Bernie Sanders.
But another name just got tossed into the fray by Ed Cox, New York’s Republican Party Chairman: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Cox explained his opinion citing intel from Democrat lobbyists:
“It’s like Barack Obama – he was a brand-new freshman senator, and he ran for president and won. I think de Blasio is going to do it.’’
After the drubbing Democrats received in the midterm elections, de Blasio went public with an op-ed in the Huffington Post in which he argued that the reason for the defeat is that Democrats needed to be more progressive, “This year, too many Democratic candidates lost sight of those core principles – opting instead to clip their progressive wings in deference to a conventional wisdom that says bold ideas aren’t politically practical.”