It’s spring 2014.
What better time to talk about the 2016 presidential election.
It’s about 19 months before the first primary and more than two years before the electorate will cast its vote to determine President Obama’s successor. However, things are heating up already.
Will Hillary Clinton seek the Democratic nomination? What about Joe Biden? Are there other contenders?
And what about the Republicans? Can Chris Christie overcome his troubles? Will the GOP cast their lot with Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, or someone else.
Meanwhile, in the Empire State, Gov. Cuomo is up for re-election this November. The Republicans have not fielded a strong contender since George Pataki. Will they this time around?
And then there’s the mid-term elections. Can the GOP take the Senate?
Associate Professor of History Chris Leahy sorts it all out in this interview with Doug Lippincott, which aired recently on WFLR’s Keuka College Today.
By Sander A. Diamond, professor of history
The 2012 presidential election is just one year away and the run-up to Election Day may be one of the most bitter in recent memory. Indeed, the venomous debate over health care reform and the raising of the debt ceiling were just a curtain-raiser to what is to come.
At the core of this acrimony are two visions of how best to restore the nation’s economic health. The president blames Republican inaction for making matters worse while the Republicans argue that Obama is a hollow person, an endless campaigner who never emerged as a national leader. They argue he is away from the Oval Office, trying to re-energize his base and merely issues executive orders that most economists believe will have little impact on the worst crisis since the 1930s. The president contends that Washington is dysfunctional, and for some observers he has washed his hands of them and is trying to effect compromises. (more…)