My bruthas and sistahs in the Democratic party seem mighty eager these days to pick a nominee already. I like Warren; I like Hillary, I like Bernie, I hear.
I like to wait.
See, one, of the astounding beneficial side effects of having won the presidency with such a credible candidate as was Barack Obama is that your bench gets deeper. Lots deeper. Before, the creams of our crops were John Kerry and Al Gore. Oy.
There’s Hillary Clinton, of course, but don’t count out the sitting Veep Joe Biden. There’s Andrew Cuomo, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Virginia’s Mark Warner, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts or Amy Klobuchar, and those are only the ones I could crib quickly from the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal.
But there’s a reason these are so easily picked: Any one of them might be a strong and realistic candidate. Not one of these names would possibly continue to the clown show that was the Republican debate circuit of 2008. It’s a deep bench, people. Democrats have strong, legitimate leaders crawling out of the woodwork.
The Republicans are already down to praying for a Jeb Bush nomination.
This is going to be fun.