Whether or not President Barack Obama wins a second term come November, it will be necessary for Democrats to come up with a new team to compete for The White House next time around..
And although there will be fresh-face possibilities on the scene by 2016, it is quite possible that it will be some familiar faces that make up the Democratic ticket four years from now.
Hillary Clinton must surely be considered at this point in time to be the prohibitive favorite, the presumptive choice to head up the Dems' Presidential ticket. Her popularity polling numbers are currently through the roof, and both her record and resume are beyond reproach. And as either Secretary of State, or private citizen, there is little of a negative nature that can be affixed to her, and tarnish her image between now and 2016.
In that Presidential election year, Hillary Clinton will not yet be 70, and if elected, would enter office the same age as Ronald Reagan when he became President. And age should not be a factor when considering the decision-making ability of a Presidential candidate who would service a maximum of eight years. As a nation, we trust the decision-making abilities of Supreme Court Justices who are appointed for life.
The logical choice for a Vice-Presidential candidate will be New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is wildly popular in his home state, and is considered to be a rising star in Democratic circles.
Though he is already experienced in governing on the state level, and is both knowledgable and competent in domestic matters, Cuomo will be somewhat short on expertise in foreign affairs. Still, Andrew Cuomo will be an attractive candidate for the bottom of the ticket.
And then there is Joe Biden. The current, capable Veep would be a serious candidate for President were it not that his age--74 in 2016--makes him just enough older than Hillary Clinton to cause a possible problem with the party faithful.
But that doesn't mean the end of the line for Joe Biden. Pencil him in as an excellent choice for Secretary of State. The wily Washington veteran has the experience, the negotiating skills, and the drive to make him a powerful voice for America on the world stage.
This team of Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, and Joe Biden, along with outgoing, or former President Barack Obama , and former President Bill Clinton, could make a political powerhouse in 2016 that has seldom, if ever, been seen on the campaign trail.