Call this a table-top political war game exercise. Everyone is assuming, myself included, that Hillary Clinton is, at minimum, running in 2016 and, perhaps likely, is a strong favorite for the nomination. That being said, what if she decides not to run, for health reasons or otherwise?

Report from the Washington Post:

Second tier (If she says no, then .?.?.)

Joe Biden: The vice president wants to run. But he knows he would start way, way, way behind Clinton and might not be able to make the race close. On the other hand, if Clinton passes, Biden is in — if not the next day, sometime shortly thereafter.

Martin O’Malley: The Maryland governor makes the second tier because he is the most credible candidate most likely to run, even if the 2016 field includes Clinton. Why? Because O’Malley is term-limited out of office at the end of the year, with no obvious next step other than running for president.

Brian Schweitzer: The former Montana governor wants to run for the White House. While he (sort of) demurs publicly, his statements all have a sort of wink-wink, nudge-nudge, you-know-what-I-am-saying-ness to them. Although most Democrats in Washington roll their eyes at the idea of a Schweitzer bid, he is a gifted and charismatic communicator.

If Hillary was out, Biden is the presumed next runner up. He is often overlooked and discounted but he retains an uncanny ability to connect with a lot of voters who see him as a fairly regular guy in the midst of the beltway madness.

Beyond the top tier, the list extends:

Third tier (Not interested, but .?.?. )

Andrew Cuomo: The New York governor’s professed lack of interest in the race, once regarded as a sort of coyness that he would eventually shrug off, is now seen as a sign that he doesn’t really want to run. We continue to believe that a race without Clinton would be too hard for the ambitious Cuomo to resist, however.

Kirsten Gillibrand: The senator from New York has emerged as a rising star in the party — a reputation built on her fundraising prowess and her legislative efforts on the issue of sexual assault in the military.

Deval Patrick: After saying for years that he wasn’t interested in running for president, the Massachusetts governor opened the door to the possibility last month. “That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years, and she’s a tough one to convince,” Patrick told Politico in a classic open-the-door-a-crack statement.

Elizabeth Warren: Of all nine potential candidates on this list who aren’t Clinton, the senator from Massachusetts would have the most viable path to beating the former secretary of state. A hero among liberals, who don’t love Clinton and never will, Warren is the sort of anti-corporate, anti-Wall Street populist that many Democrats thought they were getting with Obama.

The primary would be far more interesting without Hillary Clinton. There are a mix of views on the Democratic side from far leftists like Elizabeth Warren to more mainstream Democrats like Joe Biden.

29 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t question your list of potential candidates however…….You list 3 who have connections to New York, 2 who have connections to Mass, 1 each who have Maryland and Delaware connections.The only one not from the northeast is Gov. Schweitzer.

    If Mrs. Clinton decides not to run I could easily see Warner jumping in. Or someone else not from the northeast…………

  2. Nate — LOL, good one! Funny suppositions on the most unlikely scenario (impossible I’d say).

    Hitlery Clinton will run, for a woman president will be the next MSN reeducation of the people how after a Black Pres, a women should be the next President — MSM will spend a fortune on this, so Hitlery Clinton will have to run….

    Even if on a deathbed, the Dems & MSM will prop her up…since no other Democrook has a snowballs chance in Hell (where she belongs) against Rand Paul!
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    We should all hope Hitlery Clinton is in great heath, and wins the Dems Nomination…!

    So Rand Paul can destroy her in the Presidential debates on her culpability in the American Deaths in Benghazi under her watch (which Rand Paul did already in the hearings…stating she is UNFIT to hold any Office), and her enriching herself in the Whitewater Scandal (which will COME UP in the Debates, for sure)!

    Go Hitlery Clinton, all Real Americans are rooting for you to win the 2016 Dems Nomn….so you can be EXPOSED for The Criminal that you are, and eventually be send to jail, where your ugliness belongs!

  3. Hillary Clinton will run for the presidency. She is consolidating her campaign by speaking on University campuses throughout the country. This is the age group that has become activists filled with the desire to not only vote but to help get out the votes. Somewhere, in each speech, she will say “It is the work of this century to complete the unfinished business of making sure that every girl and boy, every woman and man, lives in societies that respects their rights no matter who they are, respects their potential and their talents, gives them the opportunities that every human being deserves, no matter where you were born, no matter the color of your skin, no matter your religion, your ethnicity or who you love”.

    Hillary Clinton will have to withstand a lot of verbal abuse…a lot of hate because she is a brilliant mind. Rand Paul did say she was unfit but that will come back to haunt him. It’s a thousand times easier to criticize than create a solution. That’s why critics often lose and never solve the problem.

    She would do really well if she selected Mark Warner or vise versa.. He has all the endearing qualities of John Kennedy plus absolute proof that he is both a moderate and a nonpartisan politician. As governor, he reached across party lines to clean up Virginia’s finances and staked moderate positions on many social issues.

    • Tess Liehard — LOL, good one! Funny stuff, but the sad part is you actually meant it to be serious….

      We are all with you on this: Go Hitlery Clinton, go…win the Dems nomination — cause Benghazi and Whitewater will sink you!
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      “…no matter where you were born, no matter the color of your skin, no matter your religion, your ethnicity or who you love”.

      Translation from PC language = “I, Clinton, am for Illegal mexicans and gay marriage, since while the former destroys our economy, the latter also helps destroying our nation’s morality”!

      Her desire: A nation morally and economically destroyed, is easy pickings for her, and her masters’ GOAL — End our Free Republic known as the USA, and replace it with their Big Brother model of Tyranny!
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      Tess Liehard — please, keep on posting such tripe, since it helps us, more than you’d know!

      • Yes, Surfisher, I was serious when I made the above post. Your critique is totally invalid. You speak of the Free Republic yet you do not seem to know that all persons in the United States have constitutional rights. Among these are the right to equal protection of the law and the right to due process. As far back as 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled: “The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution is not confined to the protection of citizens. It says: ’Nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law. These provisions are universal in their application to all persons within the territorial jurisdiction, without regard to any differences of race, of color, or nationality; and the equal protection of the laws is a pledge of the protection of equal laws.” I believe the Gay Community is protected by the same amendment, as with race and gender, the federal courts must be the guardians of justice and ensure that they are treated equally.

        Exactly what is this nation’s moral code? And who is Hillary Clinton’s Master? Has the Master made his goals public?

        Illegal Mexicans have not hurt the Texas economy…our governor will arrest to that, and Texas is the haven for the most illegal Mexicans in the United States.

        Thanks for encouraging me to post more.

        • Tess – sorry to disappoint you – the 14th Amendment is meant for U.S. citizens – do not construe that every time person is mentioned, that it has to have the citizen adjective attached.

          Amendment 14 – Citizenship Rights. Ratified 7/9/1868. Note History

          1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

          . . .

          http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Amends

          • Sam..you are such a stickler…you quoted from the original constitution. My quote was from a 1896 ruling of the United States Supreme Court on how it is to be interpreted.

        • Tess Liehard — the only truth in your post is: “…Illegal Mexicans in Texas…our governor will arrest to that”…!

          Yes, your Texan Governor should be arrested, for not deporting ALL illegals back to Mexico, according to Federal law!

          some info on Obama’s perfidy in regard to federal laws he dislikes:

          http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/matthew-vadum/obamas-illegal-immigration-free-for-all/
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          ‘samreusser’ caught you on your lie on the 14th Amendment; so keep on posting your lies.

          As I said, post some more of your American hating tripe in support for the leaders that you blindly follow — so real Americans can see how devolved your ilk is, and vote the opposite way!

          Thank you again, for helping the Cause of Liberty, by posting on the side of infamy what Obama and Hitlery Clinton stand for — THE DESTRUCTION OF THE US CONSTITUTION, whereby lawbreaking Illegal Mexicans are to be treated as US Citizens, IN TOTAL DISREGARD TO CONSTITUTIONAL AND FEDERAL LAWS!

        • Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama) thundered that while “President Obama hypocritically tells people he is for income equality, [at the same time] he violates federal immigration law, floods the labor market with wage-suppressing illegal aliens, and destroys the chance millions of hard-working Americans have of attaining self-sufficiency and the American dream.”

          This is spot on — as I’ve posted before!

          http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/matthew-vadum/obamas-illegal-immigration-free-for-all/

          Tess Liehard — you still have not answered the question why you hate real Americans so much: “Are you an Illegal mexican here?”

  4. You have ask me repeatedly if I am an illegal? You obviously mean that as a demeaning and insulting method of aligning my character Shame on you and your disgraceful discourse.. I can say with pride that one of my grandfather’s came to Texas in 1824 with Stephen F Austin’s “Old Three Hundred”. I am not Mexican, illegal or otherwise. Texas is a bilingual state…therefore, I do have dear friends that are of Mexican descent.

    Now for the question of “hating real Americans”. By real American whose definition are you using, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Russ Limbaugh, or even John Quincy Adams? Sorting the populace into good people and not-so-good or downright bad and dangerous people, with the not-so-good, downright bad and dangerous people being of the opposition party, is a thought process that comes from a very narrow mind.

    • Tess Liehard — you can claim to be anything on the internet…so it means nothing that you claim not to be an Illegal Mexican (since you sound like one, by constantly defending these FOREIGN criminals that have invaded our nation ‘under the radar’, instead of defending American Citizens that suffer job loss, more taxation….in order to keep your preferential Illegals here). Shame on you for being an American hater!
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      But the most shameful anti-American stance you’ve taken so far is seen below (on your reply on the 14th Amndt — Tess Trueheart
      April 1, 2014 at 9:17 am): “Sam..you are such a stickler…you quoted from the original constitution. My quote was from a 1896 ruling of the United States Supreme Court on how it is to be interpreted.”
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      Dissecting Tess’, the American Hater, lies:

      “Sam..you are such a stickler…you quoted from the original constitution”

      1) What an affront, to “accuse” Sam Reusser of quoting the Original US Constitution…! What would you prefer for Sam to quote from instead…Das Kapital…?!

      2) “My quote was from a 1896 ruling of the United States Supreme Court on how it is to be interpreted.” — A Lie: The US Constitution is CLEARLY written for US Citizens ONLY, AND NO-ONE ELSE! It also stands on its own Merit, and disallows wannabe “interpretations”!

      Tess Liehard — keep on posting your vile tripe here…it only helps Real Americans see through the lies of the Democrooks and American Haters, like you!

    • kooky G. — been asked and answered many times before.

      But since your small mind cannot recall what you had for breakfast today, here it is again (now save it, kid):

      Real Americans are the US Citizens that want a RETURN to the Original US Constitution in order to preserve our Liberties guaranteed by the US Constitution — which CLEARLY defines that the dictates of our government are to be subordinate, AND MUST ALWAYS REMAIN SUBORDINATE, to the Will of the American Citizens, AND NOTHING LESS IS TO BE ACCEPTED!

      The rest, that want the destruction of our Constitution, so they can create a Socialist Dictatorship instead of our Free Republic — I term AMERICAN HATERS!

      Now you have it on record, again.

      • Surf: That doesn’t change the fact that people who use the term “Real Americans” are not, themselves, either “real” or “Americans,” since the essence of Americanism is inembracing differences.

        I suppose you could say Cherokees are “real” Americans, Clearly, white folks are not “real” Americans.

        There’s another term for people who seek to return to some imagined idealized past…

        • Geothe — since you have problems with this term (being politically “incorrect”) I’ll term it as American Patriots, from now on.

          American Patriots are the US Citizens that want a RETURN to the Original US Constitution in order to preserve our Liberties guaranteed by the US Constitution — which CLEARLY defines that the dictates of our government are to be subordinate, AND MUST ALWAYS REMAIN SUBORDINATE, to the Will of the American Citizens, AND NOTHING LESS IS TO BE ACCEPTED!

          The rest, that want the destruction of our Constitution, so they can create a Socialist Dictatorship instead of our Free Republic — I term AMERICAN HATERS!

          • Surf: I feel much more comfortable with”American Patriots.” The trouble with using the term “Real American” is that it sets up the speaker as arbiter of who may and may NOT consider himself or herself an “American.”

            The term “patriot” is pompous and self-aggrandizing, so if you say someone is not an “American Patriot,” you’re not likely to get any push-back.

  5. Surfisher …it is true one can claim to be anything on the internet even your dossier is living proof. It does me no injury for you to suggest I am an illegal Mexican. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. Does that phrase sound familiar?

    Now about what you call lies:
    1. Sam Reusser is his own champion when he is offended.

    2. U.S. Constitution › Article III
    Section 1.
    The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.

    Section 2.
    The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;–to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls;–to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;–to controversies to which the United States shall be a party;–to controversies between two or more states;–between a state and citizens of another state;–between citizens of different states;–between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects.
    (This means the Supreme Court will interpret the constitution when necessary)

    And the Real American garbage that you throw at everyone has no basis. You don’t even have a definition for the two words combination. All sides of the political spectrum claim the “real American” title. Each side demonizes the other for being unAmerican. It is just a batch of “jabberwocky” intended to pull in people who are clueless on the tenets of the United States Constitution.

    • Tess Liehard — which part did you miss…?!

      Real Americans are the US Citizens that want a RETURN to the Original US Constitution in order to preserve our Liberties guaranteed by the US Constitution — which CLEARLY defines that the dictates of our government are to be subordinate, AND MUST ALWAYS REMAIN SUBORDINATE, to the Will of the American Citizens, AND NOTHING LESS IS TO BE ACCEPTED!

      The rest, that want the destruction of our Constitution, so they can create a Socialist Dictatorship instead of our Free Republic — I term AMERICAN HATERS!
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      You, Tess, sadly fit the second category.

    • Tess – the 14th was originally contested over slavery and African and South Atlantic slaves being illegal. It has been contested several times since then and into the 20th Century. It still remains as stands and has never been ratified to specifically cover non-citizens – so it is still the original 14th and stands as citizens protection only until once again challenged or ratified. I really just wanted to opine, not start a debate.

      ‘Real Americans’ – As far as i know the first Homo-sapiens to migrate to N.America were those that came across a land bridge about 25,000 years ago between what is now Russia and Alaska and were Mandarin in features. Those that migrated south to what is principally the U.S. have been diluted by so much migration from South America and south of CONUS plus later from everywhere. – we are all Real Americans whose recent ancestors created the semi-civilized U.S. we now live in. This is just my opinion.

      • Supreme Court Ruling: Plyler v. Doe (1982)
        In Plyler v. Doe, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law prohibiting enrollment of illegal aliens in public school. In its decision, the Court held, “The illegal aliens who are plaintiffs in these cases challenging the statute may claim the benefit of the Equal Protection Clause, which provides that no State shall ‘deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.’ Whatever his status under the immigration laws, an alien is a ‘person’ in any ordinary sense of that term… The undocumented status of these children vel non does not establish a sufficient rational basis for denying them benefits that the State affords other residents.”

  6. Surfisher…it isn’t what I missed…it is what you missed. Please answer with the direct written quote from the US Constitution where it “CLEARLY defines that the dictates of our government are to be subordinate, AND MUST ALWAYS REMAIN SUBORDINATE, to the Will of the American Citizens, AND NOTHING LESS IS TO BE ACCEPTED! You simply cannot find those words in the Constitution of the United States.

    You can put me in any category of your choice. It concerns me not, for as I wrote previously “It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg”.

    • Tess — there is no hope for you, if you cannot understand that the whole reason the US Constitution was created is so the dictates of our government are to be subordinate, AND MUST ALWAYS REMAIN SUBORDINATE, to the Will of the American Citizens, AND NOTHING LESS IS TO BE ACCEPTED!

      Shame on you for not being aware of this!

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