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Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Featured | 12 comments

2016? Dems don’t have a candidate and the right doesn’t have a party.

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Pinning all hopes on Hillary is beginning to look like a deathbed scenario for Democrats. I don’t think many of us will cave in and vote for her because she’s all we’ve got.

And now, after screw-ups, glitches, clowning around, attacks on healthcare, and the Boehner-Netanyahu follies, the Republicans have pretty much lost 2016.

Center-right Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker writes:

I’m getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public’s perception that they’re incapable of governing.

This week marked Episode 2, Season 2 in the series “Homeland Security Face-Off.” Subtitle: “How Republicans Forfeit the White House in 2016.” …Parker,WaPo

Crisis! If your own columnist stamps your party with “incapable of governing,” you’re in big trouble.

It continues to get messier, and you can blame both Boehner and the tea party for that. The Republican party has written off a key constituency — Hispanics.

… What we do know is that a Republican can’t win the presidency if the party more widely is considered not ready for prime time.

Without the 40 percent of the Hispanic vote widely considered necessary to win — and enough independents and moderates who are turned off by the more-righteous-than-thou Freedom Caucus — a Republican doesn’t stand a chance. …Parker,WaPo

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In the end, Kevin Drum writes, yesterday’s vote turned out to be a big win for Dems in the House. “I wonder,” he asks, “if Republicans could have gotten a better deal if the tea party faction had been less bullheaded?”

… What if the tea partiers had signaled some willingness to compromise? Could they have passed a bill that repealed some small part of Obama’s program—and that could have passed the Senate? Maybe. Instead they got nothing. I guess maybe they’d rather stick to their guns than accomplish something small but useful. That sends a signal to their base, but unfortunately for them, it also sends a signal to Boehner. And increasingly, that signal is that he has no choice but to stop paying attention to their demands. There’s nothing in it for Boehner, is there? …Drum,MoJo

We won’t know for a while, but maybe the vote on homeland security funding was (finally!) the signal that the tea party is so over.

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  • I suspect that most Democrats will wind up voting for Clinton, although many of us will be holding our nose while doing so. The problem will be that some will stay home if Clinton heads the ticket, and others will have less enthusiasm. We won’t feel like contributing to or campaigning for Clinton. I won’t have a Clinton bumper sticker on my car unless it says, “Hillary–The Lesser Of Two Evils.” It is hard to predict how such feelings about Clinton will affect the election results.

    • JSpencer

      That’s how I feel about right now too. I’m hoping Hillary will find a way to change my attitude during the campaign. Let’s hope that any democrats who might otherwise be tempted to stay home, will be incentified by the fear of any republican gaining that office.

      • The way I see a campaign going, Republicans will put out their usual lies. That, along with their actual policies, will help give some motivation to Democrats to vote for Clinton.

        However this incident also makes me fear that Clinton will respond as ineptly and dishonestly to other campaign issues as she is handling this issue. That will turn off some supporters (while others will just blindly support the party line as some Democrats now defend Clinton).

        Republicans cannot defeat Hillary Clinton, but I think there is a real danger that Hillary Clinton can bring about her own defeat.

        • Momzworld

          Has Hillary even said she’ll run? I know we all assume she will. Does she also assume that without actually saying so . . . . just wondering if I missed something.

          • No official announcement but she is taking action as if she is preparing for to run. As she has no meaningful opposition, there is no need for her to announce at this time, leaving her open to continue paid speaking engagements.

            It is common to announce at the start of a quarter due to fund raising rules so she is expected to announce in either early April or July.

          • Momzworld

            Thank you.

  • Greg

    The two parties seem incapable of providing us with anyone of interest. Because the Latino community is such an important player, why not look to them? I’m not talking Marco Rubio. Much of the Latino community is very upwardly mobile and thus conservative in their businesses and households, but sensitive to the rights of historically compromised constituencies, their own and others. Is there a fiscally responsible, socially tolerant moderate who can emerge from the Latino community, and who could inspire other voting blocs whose traditional parties consistently offer them nothing?

    • The_Ohioan

      How about a Latina – Sonia Sotomayor? Bill Richardson? It may be a little early to expect a Hispanic candidate to succeed. We’re just ending the first Black candidate’s term. But I like the idea!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latino_Democrats

      • Greg

        I doubt if Justice Sotomayor would be interested in that particular career change, and Bill might be long in the tooth at this point, but that is exactly what I had in mind.

    • KP

      Perhaps one of the younger Bush’s children will be the first Latino or Latina president of the United States. I think they are both old enough already.

  • DdW

    Love the graphics! Very descriptive of our politics these days.

    • JSpencer

      It would be even more descriptive if the elephant had it’s hands over it’s ears and it’s eyes closed.

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