If Hillary were to pass, who do the Democrats have left?

posted at 11:01 am on September 28, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Our friend Matt Lewis raises a question at the Telegraph this week which has come up before, but may move much more to the forefront once the mid-terms are over. The default assumption among politicos to date remains that Hillary Clinton will not only run for President in 2016, but would be virtually unbeatable in the Democrats’ primary. But I’ve questioned this assumption before, as have many of our readers. Any number of factors could lead Hillary to simply collect her winnings and walk out of the casino without running the risk of going all in for a second time.

If she did, a huge vacuum would immediately open up among the Democrats. Who could fill those sensible shoes? Matt isn’t very confident in any of the current options. The first name on the list remains my personal favorite (in terms of someone who would be easily defeated in a general election), Elizabeth Warren. This despite the fact that she has said repeatedly that she’s not running.

Should she change her mind, Warren would have to overcome at least one weird biographical challenge: her purported Native American heritage is, at best, dubious. That’s right, she seems to have erroneously claimed to have American Indian lineage.

Now, when she ran for the Senate, Warren was able to shrug off allegations that she played identity politics by padding her politically correct resume. But it’s easier to get an unapologetic liberal elected in Massachusetts; the rest of the country might not be so forgiving.

Matt also talks about Jim Webb, the former Senator from Virginia. He’s a proven winner in a purple state, a Marine, and has experiencing serving under presidents from both parties. But he has issues of his own.

In a novel Lost Soldiers, he describes a graphic scene of incest and paedophilia between a returning soldier and his son that is too explicit to quote from here; in another he describes a woman performing sex acts on a banana.*

When Webb ran for the Senate, this was brought up to no avail. But running for president is an altogether different animal. One wonders how American voters would feel about these fictional depictions. And there’s more. Critics point out that he has written fondly of his own Confederate roots and defended the Southern states’ decision to secede from the Union, which led to the American Civil War.

Matt also looks rather dubiously at Brian Schweitzer and Bernie Sanders. (The Hot Air readership will now, I hope, join me in a moment of prayer. Dear Lord. Please, in Your infinite and inscrutable wisdom, allow the Democrats to somehow nominate Bernie Sanders. Amen.) One of the most interesting possibilities raised – and one which I think would bring joy to the hearts of conservatives and Republicans across the land – is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. There’s no question that he hungers for the job, but the record he amassed on his way to the big office in Albany has, sadly, most likely disqualified him from national office.

During his tenure he attempted to pass an abortion bill so far beyond the mainstream that it had moderate supporters running for the aisles. His passage of the New York SAFE Act, which led to gun confiscations and other related Second Amendment rights disasters, is sure to be offensive to all but a handful of the most liberal states. And, of course, his recent ethics problems following the disbanding of the Moreland Commission would make him a pinata for the GOP.

Who does that leave? Joe Biden? I don’t know if this scenario will come to pass, but if it does we could be in for one of the most entertaining episodes in American political history.

This article was edited to correct a description of one of the comments by Jim Webb as provided by the author.


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her qualifications?

Meredith on September 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Please tell us what her “qualifications” were to be the Junior Senator from New York.

Take your time, because no other IQ-challenged Democrat has been able to answer that simple question in the decade and a half I have been asking it.

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Like I said I would expect the dems to nominate a Webb or Martinez but I’d be very happy to see them nominate Warren.

Tlaloc on September 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

LOL! Low-IQ Dem voter who repeatedly cites Zsa Zsa Post in this thread happily endorses a Fake Native American for President.

Heap Funny!

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Lolz!!!

Bmore on September 28, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Lolz!!!

Bmore on September 28, 2014 at 9:04 PM

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As long as you’re not laughing at me . . . . . ’cause you know what a “thin-skinned wimp” I am.

listens2glenn on September 28, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Y’all are nothing more than Tlalockian dolts! Alla y’all! :P

Judge_Dredd on September 28, 2014 at 9:13 PM

It doesn’t matter which woman the Democrats run. The low information voter wants to be on record as voting for the first woman President. That’s all that matters. Just like in 2008 they wanted to vote for the first.

Decoski on September 28, 2014 at 9:40 PM

And how exactly do you do that?

I’d have to shoot you, if I told you.

And who exactly asked you to?

Tlaloc on September 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

No one, dingbat.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM

War on Injuns, from the Left, always.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2014 at 10:49 PM

What a piece of shit you are.

And how exactly do you do that?

And who exactly asked you to?

Tlaloc on September 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

I hope you need the services of a cop or firefighter SOON and their response to you is “Sorry, your that PUTZ that didn’t think you needed us. F-OFF! And why the do you think our proud service members are fighting terrorist over there? So they don’t have to fight them here. What an ass hole.

rottenrobbie on September 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

LOL! Low-IQ Dem voter who repeatedly cites Zsa Zsa Post in this thread happily endorses a Fake Native American for President.

Heap Funny!

Del Dolemonte on September 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM

It’s a poll aggregator. You can use any one you like, they’ll all tell you the same thing.

I would have thought after 2012 you would have learned to not reflexively discard polls just because they don’t say what you want them to…

Tlaloc on September 29, 2014 at 12:46 AM

And who exactly asked you to?

Tlaloc on September 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

No one, dingbat.

Schadenfreude on September 28, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Hrrrm, well then you’ll have to forgive me for being less than impressed with the service you supposedly provide to all of us.

Tlaloc on September 29, 2014 at 12:48 AM

I hope you need the services of a cop or firefighter SOON and their response to you is “Sorry, your that PUTZ that didn’t think you needed us. F-OFF! And why the do you think our proud service members are fighting terrorist over there? So they don’t have to fight them here. What an ass hole.

rottenrobbie on September 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

I have no problems with fire fighters. I have no problems with police that actually do their jobs.

As for the military, they aren’t fighting for us, they’re fighting, whether they know it or not, for corporate profits and outdated geopolitical theories. The very fact they are over there blowing people up makes the average american much less safe.

Red Dawn fantasies by the right aside the military has very little to do with protecting the US. They’re a scam to move huge amounts of money from the government to specific industries wrapped in a neat bit of mythology.

“Fighting them over there so as not to fight them here” is one of the most overused, trite, and under thought-out phrases from the “war” on terror. That is saying something.

Tlaloc on September 29, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Hrrrm, well then you’ll have to forgive me for being less than impressed with the service you supposedly provide to all of us.

Tlaloc on September 29, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Butt head

Schadenfreude on September 29, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Tlaloc is a very limited mind.

Schadenfreude on September 29, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Warren isn’t running. Warren isn’t going to run. But let me say this – MA voters didn’t care about the “native american” stuff (I’m one of them) because it was such a stupid and petty line of attack. Lets assume it’s true – that’s the best you got? That’s what millions in oppo research got you? Then I’m all-in on liz warren, if that’s the worst thing you can say about her.

triple on September 29, 2014 at 4:23 AM

The first name on the list remains my personal favorite (in terms of someone who would be easily defeated in a general election), Elizabeth Warren.

said scott brown a few years ago

triple on September 29, 2014 at 5:16 AM

If she did, a huge vacuum would immediately open up among the Democrats. Who could fill those sensible shoesratty Birkenstocks?

Ain’t nuthin’ with no sense in the DemocRat party.

VelvetElvis on September 29, 2014 at 7:50 AM

If Hillary were to pass, who do the Democrats have left?

I, for one, would like to see Hillary – Pass.

TimBuk3 on September 29, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Hrrrm, well then you’ll have to forgive me for being less than impressed with the service you supposedly provide to all of us.

Tlaloc on September 29, 2014 at 12:48 AM

So, if one is forced to serve, that is impressive. If one volunteers to serve, that is not impressive????

Meek acquiescene to Slavery=honorable
Public Service freely chosen=dishonorable???

Libs have a strange way of thinking.

FYI for security reasons, there is advice from higher command against publicly displaying MOS and location assignments.

KW64 on September 29, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Like I typed here, a few times, Hillary is already putting the word out that “she wants to devote her life to the grandchild…bla, bla, bla”.

The beached decaying whale is considering not running “because grandma”.

I love you too Meredith.

Schadenfreude on September 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Dear Lord. Please, in Your infinite and inscrutable wisdom, allow the Democrats to somehow nominate Bernie Sanders. Amen.

From your lips to God’s ear.

wagnert in atlanta on September 29, 2014 at 5:35 PM

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