I know it's disturbingly early to get into this, but here is my out-of-nowhere prediction for the 2016 presidential race:
Clinton is an easy pick. She was on
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is preparing to fight her for the nomination. Vice President
Let's face it, though. O'Malley is probably running to be on the ticket as a vice presidential candidate, and neither Biden nor Warren will get into it unless Hillary suddenly runs off to become a Buddhist nun. In other words, barring a shocking development, Hillary's the one.
The Republican nominating contest is likely to be far more interesting. The last time around,
This time around, one of those clowns is likely to be back – Texas Gov.
Along with the two Texans, there might be two Floridians, ex-Gov.
Then there’s Rand Paul. His father, Ron, the former Texas congressman, was the only Republican candidate four years ago who did not spend every debate trying to prove he was a more doctrinaire conservative than the other guys. His libertarian views on social issues and, even more, on foreign policy, won him a fervent following among younger, independent voters.
In recent days, the younger Paul has been trading insults with Perry. Perry believes in the saber-rattling, robust foreign policy that
In a Washington Post article that someone must have written for him, Perry branded Paul as an isolationist who is "curiously blind" to the dangers threatening America. Perry lumped him with those who, during the Cold War, "promoted accommodation and timidity in the face of Soviet advancement."
Paul shot back in
Paul may be onto something there. Isolationist is a term that may not resonate as it once did, even with Republicans, many of whom do not think the country got its money's worth from the $2-trillion investment in Iraq. Younger voters, in particular, do not shudder when they hear a word that gained political heft back when their grandparents were kids.