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The media has certainly embraced the “inevitable” story line with regard to Hillary Clinton and the 2016 Democratic nomination, but many Democrats in the base of the party have not. Notable are the sentiments in the early caucus state of Iowa where Democrats are not so eager to crown Hillary as the nominee, at least not without a robust debate.

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Report from Marketwatch:

Iowa Democratic leaders say they are troubled by the prospect that Hillary Clinton could win the state’s 2016 presidential caucuses without a serious challenge, a view primarily rooted in a desire for a more liberal candidate or at least a robust debate about the party’s policies and direction.

Interviews with more than half of Democratic chiefs in Iowa’s 99 counties show a state party leadership so far reluctant to coalesce behind Clinton. County Democratic officials also voiced qualms about Clinton’s ability to win a general election and her fundraising ties to Wall Street firms and corporations, which remain a target of liberal ire.

Many county officials said they would like to see senators including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont enter the race, though they were split over whether any could gain traction and overtake Clinton.

“My heart wouldn’t be in it for Hillary to the extent that it might be if it was a different candidate,” said Jennifer Herrington, chair of the Page County Democrats in southwest Iowa. “I admire Hillary, she’d be a great president, but you know, she isn’t my first choice I guess.”

It’s these types of sentiments that open the door for other candidates to at least take on the formidable challenge. Hillary Clinton lost the Iowa caucus back in 2008 so she is not invincible within the borders of the Hawkeye State.

21 COMMENTS

  1. States like to see themselves as king (queen)-makers, especially the early primary states, who have often changed the face of a campaign by a surprise win or loss.

    Also, of course, states want a “horse race” so that a lot of people will be in to see what’s happening–bringing dollars with them.

    But aside from that, Democrats don’t like foregone conclusions. They love chaos. Until recently, Republicans just fell in line behind the anointed champion. Lately, though, the GOP has been wild and crazy, too–but the GOP establishment is trying to tamp down any opportunity to express independent views.

      • Precisely, but they’d rather just say, “Hillary’s not inevitable BECAUSE we say so.”

        Remember that in 2008, she came in THIRD place there, and that tarnished her “inevitable” image then. Iowa would love to do it again, and there’s a full year for a dark horse to arise.

      • Nate:

        I find it disturbing that you allow someone with a Nazi Swastika as a Face Pic (Progressive Republican) to post here. You’ve banned people for much less than that….

  2. The Democrat Party has turned ugly (nothing to do with the old one of FDR) — so, they deserve the ugliest most evil candidate of them all: Hitlery Clinton!

    Go Hillary, go…!

    • And I’m gonna guess that you think that the batch of traitors that are running the GOP (and America into the ground) for over a century now are the ‘real Americans’ you’re referring to, right?

      Pff.

      Once again, the ugliest, most evil candidate on the ticket will be a Rethuglicon.

      As usual.

      Pretty much force of habit anymore…

  3. Nate, sorry to post this again — but TODAY is the Boehner vote, so time is of the essence!

    There is still a chance to dump John Boehner — contact your
    Representatives NOW, THIS MORNING, and tell them that a vote FOR
    Boehner will result in your vote AGAINST them come next election!

    Find Your Representative below:

    http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

    ————————————————————————————————-

    !!! Under House rules, a speaker can be challenged at any time. Any of the
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    the office of Speaker is presented as a matter of high constitutional
    privilege.” This means that such a measure essentially goes to the front
    of the line. It doesn’t have to wind its way through the rules
    committee, where the speaker and his allies could smother the
    legislation. Nor would this privileged motion require unanimous consent
    to reach the House floor. A House member need only announce his or her
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    http://www.wnd.com/2015/01/palace-coup-against-boehner-gaining-steam/

    Stand by this, American Patriots:

    “If Rep. John Boehner remains the new
    House Speaker, old establishment Republican policies of going along to
    get along will continue. If Sen. Mitch McConnell remains the Senate
    Majority Leader, it will be business as usual,” said another email blast
    issued Monday night by the U.S. Patriots Union. “The message sent by
    the American people in the 2014 election is that we will no longer
    tolerate business as usual in Washington D.C. and we will hold
    politicians accountable for ignoring that message!”

  4. Die Hündin is trying to please everyone at once – so no one knows who she really is, including Iowans or herself. The RINO’s once again have control of the GOP so TeaParty’rs, Libertarians and Independents are once more left out in the cold. The MSM will, as they have the last several elections, elect our President. And right now the MSM is so mixed up, they don’t know (what’s the expression) whether to “[email protected]#% or Go Blind”

    • I do believe that the TeaParty’rs, Libertarians and Independents are doing something which isn’t readily apparent right now…growing roots and building victories. These groups have been growing with every election cycle since the Tea Party started. This is why the democrats and rino’s are acting so crazy now..,they realize they are in a real fight for power. It ain’t over, its just growing.

      • I wish they (we) are as many, though silent, as you perceive. Finding a true Constitutional Libertarian, that doesn’t let religion interfere with politics, is like finding an owl who DOESN’T crap through feathers. Using the morality of the monotheistic Creator for a baseline without letting religion override is, like very improbable. ———

        BUT – if that person does show up, my guess is there will be enough of us who will show up and that segment will win the next election.

  5. Too bad the democrats can’t just advertise what their ideals are and discuss who does and doesn’t align with those values. But America broadly doesn’t believe in man made global warming, want to hurt the rich, force people to buy health insurance, intimidate businesses, kill babies, drop Israel, be divided racially, be divided by gender, protect animals at the expense of people…etc. Basically America doesn’t want what the Democrat party currently stands for…which is why they really haven’t done well in very most elections since the 80’s.

    If there was really an open discussion on what liberalism really is, and how Hillary supposedly doesn’t measure up…it may actually be good for her nationally, even though it may make primary wins difficult.

    • If Rand Paul decides to run and polls well for a while, that might force the Dems to actually organize. Perhaps then they could advertise what their ideals are and discuss who does and doesn’t align with those values.

      One would be ill-advised to hold their breath.

      • “might force the Dems to actually organize.”

        As if.

        Will Rogers said, “I don’t belong to ANY organized political party: I’m a Demmycrat.”

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