Let’s see the resumes: Prospective Democrat presidential candidates.
There are many names floating around as being potential contenders for the Democratic Party presidential nomination for Election 2016. The Federal Election Commission keeps track of those who have officially filed. Crackpots are the first to sign up and we can ignore them.
One serious candidate appears and that is Jim Webb, U.S. Senator from Virginia, 2007-2013, and U.S. Secretary of the Navy, 1987-88. He formed an exploratory committee. Webb is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Reagan Administration. His being a right leaning, middle centric Democrat broadens his appeal to Republicans who tend to be moderate. The trouble is, he is as old as Hillary Clinton if age and health become an issue.
- Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States since 2009 has publicly expressed interest in the top job. He was U.S. Senator from Delaware1973–2009. He ran a presidential campaign in 1988 and 2008. The trouble is, he has acted like a joke too many times. As President Obama said, “Voters want that ‘new car smell.’”
- Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State 2009–2013; U.S. Senator from New York 2001–2009; presidential candidate in 2008 is the odds on favorite. Benghazi alone won’t bring her down. If she can reenergize women voters in America, she may be unbeatable.
- Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee 2005–2009; Governor of Vermont 1991–2003; presidential candidate in 2004 is a loyal Democrat and a smart one. He’s a good VP pick, but lacks overall charisma and that large voter-bloc appeal.
- Luis Gutiérrez, U.S. Representative from Illinois since 1993; Member of the Chicago City Council 1986–1992. He is just another professional politician.
- Joe Manchin, U.S. Senator from West Virginia since 2010; Governor of West Virginia 2005–2010 is a Republican in Democratic clothing. He has independent appeal. He was governor of a welfare state which is a drawback that he cannot overcome.
- Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland since 2007; Mayor of Baltimore 1999–2007 is a solid public servant with good public enterprise CEO credentials, but has a lot of nondiscretionary baggage.
- Ed Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania 2003–2011; Mayor of Philadelphia 1992–2000 is a great guy with a good resume, and is too old.
- Bernie Sanders, Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont since 2007; Independent U.S. Representative from Vermont 1991–2007 is unelectable and too old.
- Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana 2005–2013 is from a state that is too small. Stick to farming.
- Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin since 2013; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 1999–2013 is a professional politician.
- Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana since 2013; Attorney General of Montana 2009–2013, too disconnected.
- George Clooney, actor and filmmaker from California. He didn’t sell Borax and doesn’t have GE behind him.
- Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York since 2011; Attorney General of New York 2007–2010; U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 1997–2001, he could be viable. If he doesn’t have too much personal baggage and if New Yorkers love him, he could become competitive.
- Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago since 2011;White House Chief of Staff 2009–2010; U.S. Representative from Illinois 2003–2009 is a political operative, and not a president.
- Russ Feingold, U.S. Special Representative for the African Great Lakes region since 2013; U.S. Senator from Wisconsin 1993–2011, too liberal.
- Al Gore, Vice President of the United States 1993–2001; U.S Senator from Tennessee 1985–1993; presidential candidate in 1988 and nominee in 2000, could never win his home state.
- Maggie Hassan, Governor of New Hampshire since 2013, too small of a state and too unknown.
- Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator from Minnesota since 2007, too unknown.
- William H. McRaven, retired Admiral and former Commander of the United States Special Operations Command is viable, but he would have to run all over Hillary Clinton and couldn’t muster the big bucks.
- Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California since 2013; U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security 2009–2013;Governor of Arizona 2003–2009 performed poorly in government.
- Jay Nixon, Governor of Missouri since 2009; Attorney General of Missouri 1993–2009. A Nixon can’t be a Democrat.
- Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles 2005–2013 is an attractive candidate for Vice President.
- Mark Warner, U.S. Senator from Virginia since 2009; Governor of Virginia 2002–2006, is an attractive candidate for Vice President.
- Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts since 2013 is an attractive Presidential candidate as an alternative to Hillary Clinton. She is strong in ideas, ideals, and principles, but lacks the big political machine.