Get Political Wire by Email:



August 21, 2014


Why No Democrat Wants to Challenge Hillary

Peter Beinart: "There are plenty of ambitious but little-known Democratic governors or senators who are a decade or two younger than Clinton. So why aren't more of them considering a presidential campaign that might set them up to be Clinton's successor? The answer speaks to one of Clinton's underappreciated assets: her ability to instill fear."

"The winning-by-losing strategy works best when it gains you some influence over the person who defeats you for the nomination. Sometimes that means earning a place alongside them on the presidential ticket, as Jack Kemp did in 1996 and Edwards did in 2004. Sometimes it simply means convincing their supporters that you have a bright future and may be worth supporting down the line. The strategy works less well if the person who defeats you becomes your sworn enemy, committed to doing you political harm. It's the fear that the Clintons may do exactly that that is limiting the pool of willing challengers."












POLITICAL WIRE PODCAST

Political Wire Podcast Engaging conversations about elections and the political issues of the day. Subscribe via iTunes or RSS to get episodes automatically downloaded.



FREE NEWSLETTER




TRENDING VIDEO







PARTNERS









FOLLOW US