Not to ignore the Hillary Clinton on Putin angle, but I thought that I would throw another name into the mix: Bernie Sandiers.
Sanders has repeatedly criticized Clinton from the left, telling Time Magazine earlier this year that he would make a better president than her.
"I like Hillary… She’s a very, very intelligent person, no question about it," Sanders said then. "But I think, you know, if you talk about the need for a political revolution in America, I think it’s fair to say that Secretary Clinton probably will not be one of the more active people."
Although Sanders would face a steep challenge if he did run for president, he could give voice to the feeling of many in the Democratic Party who want the party to adopt a more aggressive, populist stance on Wall Street regulation, climate change, and economic growth. And such a candidate could suck up oxygen from Clinton as she tries to focus on the Republican Party, which will be hungry for the White House after eight years in the wilderness.
Sanders has called for a minimum wage above the $10.10 that Obama has proposed, further investment in the nation’s infrastructure, higher taxes on corporation and the wealth and a carbon tax....
“If [Clinton] does run, will she be as strong as the times require in taking on the billionaire class that has so much power? I’m not sure that she will be,” Sanders recently told The Washington Post. “Will she be as strong as needs be to address the crisis of climate change? I am not sure that she will be. Will she be as strong as needs be to take on the power of Wall Street? I’m not sure she will be.”
Sanders has made no decisions yet about running, but he has made all the moves that a possible candidate could make.
To say that Sanders is a long shot to gain the nomination is too grossly overstate his chances. Still, he could bring a truly progressive voice to the nomination process, one that has the potential to further the cause on many issues. He would also demonstrate that Hillary Clinton is a moderate on many issues.