Is Hillary Clinton weaker in 2016 than she was in 2008?
Here’s a question I heard some talking head pose at some point during the weekend on some news show. In 2008, Clinton was a very, very strong candidate. She had the organization and she had nearly all the wind at her back pushing her to the nomination. She also had a much cleaner record having not been Secretary of State and/or been associated with the current administration. However, she was still beaten in the primary by an up-and-coming state Senator from Illinois named Barack Obama.
Looking forward to 2016, is Clinton in danger of losing the primary under similar circumstances where a fresh, new face of the Democratic Party enters the fray and she’s unable to compensate for it?
That being said, Joe Biden is seriously considering a 2016 run according to The Atlantic Wire:
Although it might feel like it, Hillary Clinton isn’t the only person dropping hints about a run for the presidency in 2016: Joe Biden will attend the annual Senator Tom Harkin steak fry fundraiser next month in Iowa. The steak fry, you see, is in an early primary state, and it’s a traditional stop for Democratic presidential contenders.
But this isn’t Biden’s first small geographic step into the 2016 rumor mill. It’s his second hinty Iowa trip this year, since President Obama secured re-election. Biden’s visited South Carolina in 2013, and has designs on New Hampshire, too. The Vice President also filled his inauguration celebrations with pretty obvious hints in the form of a posse of invitees from early states.
The conventional wisdom has anointed Clinton as the nominee just as they did in 2008. Things change quickly in presidential politics. Who else on the horizon could possibly energize Democrats enough to win the nomination from the former First Lady?