November 19, 2014

NOT WITHOUT WEBB:

A Bernie Sanders candidacy could help Hillary Clinton (Doyle McManus, 11/19/14, LOS ANGELES TIMES)

This year, there could be three candidates running to the left of Clinton. In addition to Sanders, there might be Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (who says he's running, but hasn't succeeded in defining much of a theme yet) and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who spent most of the summer saying she wouldn't run, but recently modified that to "I don't think so."

Meanwhile, former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) has been talking about running as a moderate to Clinton's right.

Challenges like these would be a good thing for Clinton.

For one thing, they would give voters a reason to tune in to Democratic primary debates; otherwise, the brawling Republican field would get hours of television time all to itself.

For another, if she has challengers on both the left and right, Clinton could conveniently cast herself as the woman in the middle, the champion of her party's broad center.

Of course, Bradley drahged Al Gore so far Left that he lost an unlosable election.  Hillary could shoot the gap between a leftwing nut and a rightwing nut, but that requires both.

Posted by at November 19, 2014 5:29 PM
  

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