With Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) joining Elizabeth Warren and other in deciding not to run in 2016, it looks like Hillary Clinton will have no serious challenger for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
According to the LA Times, California Gov. Jerry Brown has ruled out another run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, “No, that’s not in the cards. Unfortunately.” With his impressive record as governor, Brown would have presenting a serious and interesting challenge to Hillary Clinton. However, it is looking more and more like Democrats have decided to clear the field for Hillary in 2016.
Last month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) also ruled out running in 2016, “I’m not running for president and I plan to serve out my term…I pledge to serve out my term. I am not running for president. I am working as hard as I can to be the best possible senator I can be. I am working as hard as I can to be the best the possible senator that I can be and to fight for the things that I promised during my campaign that I would fight for. I am fighting for bank accountability. I am fighting hard to help rebuild America’s middle class.”
There are no top tier Democrats who want to challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said that he wouldn’t run if Clinton does, and former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is tinkering with the idea, but he seems far from serious about a run. Hillary Clinton will likely get a primary challenger, but it will be a no-chancer like Dennis Kucinich.
The 2008 Democratic primary was good for both candidates and the Democratic Party. Clinton and Obama pushed each other, and they became better candidates because of it. The reason why Obama’s campaign against McCain seemed so easy was because beating Clinton was that hard. Hillary Clinton will be a great 2016 candidate, but all Democrats would be better served if she had a serious challenger.
It is easy to understand why Brown, Warren, or any other top Democrat wouldn’t run. Clinton will be a formidable candidate with deep support within the party, and a gigantic campaign war chest. It would take a candidate of Barack Obama’s caliber to defeat her, and Elizabeth Warren is no Obama.
However, it would be best for the party if Clinton was not allowed to veer too far away from the party’s leftward shift. Clinton could use a serious challenger, but it looks like no one is willing to step up to the challenge.