Hillary Clinton is not the best potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, she's not even the best woman
Hillary Clinton recently surfaced in Iowa after a six year absence. Her “official” reason was to “support candidates.” However, news pundits went wild with speculation that she is kicking off her 2016 presidential run. Please, Hillary, don’t run.
If you believe what you hear, the 2016 Democratic nominee is a foregone conclusion. Any discussion about the 2016 race immediately turns to Hillary Clinton. Polls show her leading all potential democratic contenders and when stacked against any potential republican candidate she runs away with the race. She had the same numbers before Obama came on the scene in 2008. But is she the best candidate for president this time around?
Clinton certainly has a resume filled with the right qualifications. It could also be argued that Clinton is the most powerful woman in America right now. The Republican Party however has been preparing for her potential run before the ink was dry on the 2012 ballots. They are ready for her and are almost hoping she’ll run.
There are better choices for 2016, and just like Obama in 2008, it can be someone who is not an establishment Democrat. Just like Hillary, Elizabeth Warren also has an impressive set of credentials. She is a lawyer who has spent most of her career fighting for the rights of middle-class families. One of her foremost accomplishments is the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Bureau was designed to protect consumers from greedy banks and their abusive lending policies that led to the collapse of the economy.
Warren, a bankruptcy expert, created the Bureau from scratch. She had come up with the idea for the Bureau in 2007 and in the aftermath of the worst financial crisis in recent memory she pitched her idea to President Obama in 2008. As she crisscrossed the nation promoting her plan something else took shape. She began to gain millions of supporters around the country. People warmed to her plain-English, no nonsense style.
Although she was a natural to become the first head of the newly created bureau, her efforts also had gained powerful enemies. Supported by big banks, Republicans came out in force against her and the Bureau. Threats by Republican members of Congress were backed by millions of dollars spent on fighting the Bureau’s very existence. In the end, Obama compromised and named someone else to head the Bureau. However, while most people would have faded quietly away, this was not the end of Warren.
Instead of accepting defeat and going back to her job as a Harvard law professor she went after her home state Senate seat then held by Republican Scott Brown. Despite dirty play by Brown she easily won the race. Her Senate race showed her to be a tough competitor who has the skills needed to run a successful campaign.
Although she has stated repeatedly “I am not running for President,” Warren appears to subtly be moving into position for a possible 2016 run. She has a new book out “Fighting Chance” which memorializes her struggle for the middle-class. Writing an autobiography has become something of a prerequisite for potential presidential candidates of late. She has maintained high approval ratings throughout her time in the Senate. By all accounts she appears to be safe bet to enter the race in 2016.
Warren could also run away with the nomination even if Clinton decides to run. Warren has built a favorable rating with the middle-class that is not shared by Clinton who is already attracting unwanted attention about her funding from large banks. Given the common knowledge that she is a champion of the middle-class, Warren would easily win this demographic.
Warren also lacks the political baggage that straddles Clinton. Hillary Clinton must fight the images of her adulterous husband and the impeachment trials that many voters retain. In addition, Republican Congressional members are doing their best to keep the Benghazi attack in the headlines. And it is something they will likely pin to Clinton as it occurred on her watch as Secretary of State.
Clinton invokes polarization on both sides of the isle. Should she jump into the race it could spell disaster for the Democrats. Especially if the Republicans take control of the Senate as they are expected to do in the mid-term elections. If Democrats hope to maintain control of the White House in 2016, Elizabeth Warren seems to be their best hope.