Democratic Party Dynamics Heading Into 2016

Feb 25, 2015

Although attention has been focused on the GOP field of presidential hopefuls, there are also interesting developments among Democrats, including unflagging efforts among progressives to convince the seemingly unmoved Senator Elizabeth Warren to run.  We’ll look at these dynamics in the context of policy debates within the party.

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  • Dante Scala –  associate professor of political science at UNH and a faculty fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy. This fall he is teaching a free online course on the New Hampshire Presidential Primary with his colleague Andrew Smith. For more information, click here.
  • Jose DelReal – national political reporter for The Washington Post.  Read his recent article on Hilary Clinton here.  

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The Washington Post: Hillary Clinton has a busy March, but all's quiet now -- "Hillary Rodham Clinton is everywhere and nowhere these days. The subject of daily news stories and Republican attacks befitting her position as the 2016 Democratic front-runner, Clinton has made just two public speaking appearances since Christmas. Both of them were in the voter-rich state of Canada. She hasn't visited Iowa or New Hampshire since the November midterm election."

Morning Edition: 'Warning Shot': Sen. Warren on Fighting Banks, And Her Political Future -- "[Sen. Elizabeth Warren] 'I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?'"

The New York Times: A Vermont Senator Asks, Why Not a Socialist President? -- "At 73 and famously gruff, he may be on one of the most quixotic adventures in American politics: In a country that just put Republicans in charge of Congress, he is testing whether Democrats will embrace a socialist for the White House in 2016. He is certainly the only potential candidate to carry a brass key chain from a campaign of Eugene V. Debs, a five-time Socialist Party nominee for president. He has virtually no chance of winning the nomination, but he does have a chance to shape the debate — presuming he actually runs. With his fiery populist attacks on Wall Street and “the billionaire class,” he could become either a nettlesome thorn to Hillary Rodham Clinton or a convenient foil for her, if she runs."