The Sunday Political Brunch - February 17, 2013

My weekly outlook!

Corning, NY — I am on the road this weekend keeping an eye on politics in New York State. It occurs to me that this state may produce two presidential candidates in 2016 — Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo. This week we look at them and other possible candidates on the Democratic side.

“New York, New York” — Yes, there could be double-trouble form the Empire State. The other day I saw my first “Hillary 2016” bumper sticker as I drove up I-95. Many people assume she’s a shoo-in for the nomination and the White House. Presuming that outcome could be a terrible mistake. At, 55, Andrew Cuomo has been U.S. Secretary of Housing, New York Attorney General and now governor. He also has a famous last name, was even married to a Kennedy for 13 years, and has star power. He’s likely viable for the next four election cycles.

“Great Expectations” – Okay, Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner, but that’s no guarantee. In December of 2007, just weeks before the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton was the Democratic frontrunner and Rudy Giuliani was the Republican frontrunner, both by substantial margins. Neither made it to the finish line. So, enjoy today’s polls, but take them with a grain of salt.

“Don’t Pass Bayh” — Former Indiana Governor and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh remains a real sleeper of a candidate. Bayh was a moderate and never shied away from supporting more conservative GOP items. In short, he can work with the other side of the aisle, which may serve him well if we see another voter backlash against politics as usual and gridlock in Washington. Bayh is 57 and also comes with a famous last name. While he has spoken publicly with disdain for partisan politics and excessive fundraising, don’t count him out if liberals in the party are divided. He could be, “Plan B.”

“No, Not John! The Other Warner!” — When you say the name Warner in discussing Virginia politics, most people assume you are talking about former Senator and Navy Secretary John Warner. But, there is another one. Current Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) is also a former governor and a self-made millionaire. At 58, Warner gave the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention which was very well received. Perhaps most important, he hails from what is now a “must win” swing state. Democrats carried Virginia in 2008 and 2012, after the Republicans won the state in every presidential race since 1964. It’s no longer a guaranteed red state and Warner on the 2016 ticket — even as VP — is a real possibility. Keep an eye on him.

“Senor Richardson” — Like Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson is 65 and may take one last shot at the White House. Richardson has been a congressman, a governor, U.N. ambassador and Secretary of Energy. It’s been said that former President George H.W. Bush had the longest resume in Washington. Well, Bill Richardson probably lands in second place. His mom was Latina and his dad was half-Mexican, half-Anglo. His appeal to the growing Hispanic voting block could be a huge asset. On the other hand, his reputation as a “loose cannon” on foreign policy and self-aggrandizing overseas missions has brought him much criticism. But, as a party elder, he could also fill the VP slot much like party statesman Dick Cheney and Joe Biden did.

“Long Shots” — Lots of other names get tossed out — from the possible, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley; to the completely improbable, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (yes there are already Warren for President bumper stickers on cars I see on I-95). But the most intriquing long-shot is former Democratic Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. He is a glib, colorful and sometimes provocative public speaker. Think of a Democratic Chris Christie. Like Christie, Schweitzer is fun to cover, and is always a quotable headline maker, which the press loves. He’s thinking of running for U.S. Senate, so even if he passes on the White House, we could be hearing lots from him.

Is there anyone you’d like to see on my list? Some think it’s time for new faces in both parties. In an upcoming blog, I will do a similar analysis of potential Republican presidential candidate.

As always, questions and comments are welcome. Just click the comment button at www.MarkCurtisMedia.com.

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Elizabeth McNamara February 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Please keep to the topic of this blog post.
Leave RI February 25, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Elizabeth, I did it with sarcasm a forethought. When the thread started going to "bad war decisions", which was not part of the Curtis article and not cut off at that time, then a slight reference to the historic moments of "who said it was a good idea" was fair game. I think you'll notice it only happens when things turn to a soup sandwich quickly, it remains that way. LRI
mike February 25, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Pam don't you know the progressives teach tolerance which means people must me tolerant to their view or they won't be tolerated they will be smeared, called racist,bigots, fascist homophobic, stupid and the list goes on. We must not sit down and shut up as they want us to do but we must be strong and fight to save our Country from destruction from within because that is the plan. It started a long time ago destroy the family using divorce, pornography and groups like woman's lib. Destroy the church. Take over the schools with their progressive brainwashing of our children. So what they have done is made what was once good and wholesome evil and what was evil look good. The've tipped everything upside down and inside out. We as a nation need to weed out this progressive movement from our Country before its to late. The Tower of Babel is about to fall. We need to get our families back to church in order for them to get some morality back in there lives..And let's not look for the perfect church because as soon as we join it it won't be perfect anymore. As in the Country We the people make it work not the leaders they are there to serve. God help us!
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 25, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Well, at least I can count on one vote in Rhode Island! (I think I better have a cup of cocoa first, then start my exploratory committee.)
Arthur Christopher Schaper February 25, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Thank you, Ted. The Democrats are just as guilty for the Bush years, as much as Bush and the Establishment Republicans who voted the "Borrow and Spend" instead of "Tax and Spend", which is what this country has now under George W. Obama. Let's not forget the 2007 Iraqi troop surge, which Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi supported, along with the Democratic majorities in Congress. If the Democrats were so opposed to the war, why did they not cut the funding?


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