The 2016 Democratic presidential nomination has for years been almost a given for Hillary Clinton, but that conventional wisdom is now being put to the test.
Democrats in nominating states are seeking strong alternatives, but so far, they’re coming up dry, according to The Washington Post.
On Sunday, pundits echoed the problem.
“The problem is, there’s nobody out there who’s not Clinton who’s the equivalent of Barack Obama,” Portsmouth, N.H., Democratic Party Chairman Larry Drake told The Post. “He was a fresh face — he gave great speeches, and he turned out to be electable.”
Democratic National Committee member H. Boyd Brown agreed.
“Nobody down here wants a coronation,” the South Carolina resident told The Post. “We need options. Who knows what could happen? It’s always good to have more than one candidate running.”
Brown dismissed any notion that the scandals that continue to dog Clinton shouldn’t be taken seriously.
“Those aren’t some tabloid scandals,” he said. “Those are job-related, national security-related issues that matter.”
Bloomberg Politics host Mark Halperin believed not long ago that Clinton was a shoo-in as America’s 45th president. But he changed his tune Sunday during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I said a few weeks ago on the show that she was easily the most likely president of the United States,” Halperin told host George Stephanopolous. “I now think she’s not only not easily the most likely, I don’t think she’s anymore the most likely.”
Lukewarm Republican Nicolle Wallace, a frequent Clinton cheerleader and co-host of ABC’s “The View,” responded to Halperin’s assessment by demanding, “Over her emails?!”
“Exhale, exhale,” Stephanoloulos said in trying to calm Wallace before Halperin got the chance to explain his conclusions.
“Because of what this says as a symptom. Not just as a cause, but as a symptom,” Halperin said. “What she is doing here with lack of response, lack of a sense of what people think of her, and combined with what I thought was an extraordinarily weak performance at her Emily’s List speech the other day.”
Clinton is not the electric politician her husband was, he added.
“Her husband can get through these things because he’s a politician of a lifetime. She cannot,” Halperin said. “If this is the way she’s going to run her operation, if this is the mindset she’s going to have, I don’t think she’s going to be president.”
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