Seems the talk is not 'if', but 'when', Hillary says she's officially running for the presidency. And I think she'll pull that trigger sooner than most people think.
What I do find amazing is that many people are shrugging their shoulders announcing that she's the only female choice that the Democrats have. Listen to this.
If Hillary does run, unlike in 2008, I'd support her. But let's just assume for a moment that she decided she didn't want to go for it again -- for whatever reasons. I'm sure there are many and the Republican machines are working overtime to create whatever they don't actually find, as they're expecting her announcement.
But what if she didn't run?
According to a dire article by Niall Stenage entitled, For Dem Women, It's Hillary of Bust
“I really can’t imagine a scenario at this moment where she doesn’t run,” Democratic strategist and commentator Zerlina Maxwell said. “I can’t think of another candidate on the Democratic side who would get as much feminist energy behind them.”There are, to be sure, plenty of other women who are building impressive careers on the national stage, and who could become viable contenders for the White House. Among Democrats, the names of Sens. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) are the ones most commonly mentioned.
The great news is we don't have to settle for a second best. We can look for a newer, younger, easily as bright a candidate as Ms. Clinton. According to the article above, three such candidates exist. But one of those three stands out.
Elizabeth Warren is her name. She's senior senator from Massachusetts, but that's kind of a joke as she got to be that when John Kerry moved himself into the Secretary of State position, making Ms. Warren the senior member. But how did she get to the senate and how is she qualified to be president of the United States. Snidely I could say that unlike Ted Cruz who's obviously going to run she was born here. But what really happened is Warren was pressured to run. She took on the darling pretty boy of the GOP, sitting Senator Scott Brown. He was looking like the great GOP hope until he was laid bare and eviscerated by Ms. Warren. She has crossover appeal because she has no baggage.
She made her bones in the financial world. She has long been an consumer rights activist who has unimpeachable credibility and bona fides unparalleled in the financial world.
She's an educator (Harvard Professor specializing in bankruptcy law. It was her efforts that convinced Obama to create the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, she served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). She later served as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Barack Obama. In the late 2000s she was recognized by publications such as the National Law Journal and the Time 100 as an increasingly influential public policy figure.
Now what about foreign policy experience? I'm not going to make something up. She's certainly no Hillary Clinton there. But then again, neither are any of the Republicans who are looking to run -- Cruz, Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie. So I don't think any of these folks have great street cred, but that doesn't mean someone bright and articulate who's taking on and beating Wall Street and all their money can't learn what's needed to guide us through international challenges. Look, George Bush didn't know anything about international affairs and we not only elected him, we re-elected him. We got into a stupid war. Senator Warren isn't going to let that happen on her watch.
I say, run, Hillary, run. But if you don't, Democrats and Independents, don't fret. There is another Hillary in the making, and she's most capable.