The new scandals surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton, the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and the exclusive use of private email accounts during her tenure as secretary of state, have made Democrat activists “more eager than ever for alternatives in 2016.” Except, there are no real viable alternatives. The Washington Post,
“The problem is, there’s nobody out there who’s not Clinton who’s the equivalent of Barack Obama,” said Larry Drake, chairman of the Portsmouth Democrats in New Hampshire. “He was a fresh face . . . and he gave great speeches and he turned out to be electable.”
The angst among Democrats offers new evidence that opportunities remain for other candidates despite Clinton’s commanding lead in early polls. H. Boyd Brown, a member of the Democratic National Committee from South Carolina who supports former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, said Clinton will not wear well as Democrats are exposed to a continuing drumbeat of press scrutiny…
Bayh said he expects other candidates to get in the race despite Clinton’s dominance, if only to make a point and nudge the debate to the left. “But I don’t think at this point there will be a credible challenge.”
Others eyeing possible runs for the Democratic nomination include former Virginia senator Jim Webb and Bernie Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont who has been more active on the trail in recent weeks than any of his counterparts.