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Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in Featured, Politics | 29 comments

Is Hillary’s run a sign of Democratic party weakness?

Is Hillary’s run a sign of Democratic party weakness?

Pretty much… Yes, she is.

Two years out from the Iowa caucuses, she already has a top-tier super PAC, a grassroots organizing machine, dozens of big donors ready to open their wallets, and massive support from Democratic voters. It’s unprecedented in modern politics, veteran Washington operatives agree.

But her inevitability masks a potential weakness within the Democratic Party: the lack of a deep bench of future national leaders. For a coalition that prides itself on diversity, the list of presidential hopefuls is filled with white men: Vice President Joe Biden, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. With Clinton, the party that nominated Barack Obama in 2008 is now looking to the past for their presidential hopeful.

Furthermore, the Democratic dependence on Hillary Clinton hampers the development of a Democratic farm team. …Alex Seitz-Wald,Atlantic

Stale choice. Or really, when we get down to it, no choice at all. If we were smart and, well, mature, we’d make sure Clinton is given a serious run for her (serious!) money in the run-up to 2016.

As Seitz-Wald points out, three other women in party could be effective candidates.

Cross-posted from Prairie Weather