The Democrats have a lot of questions to answer after their poor showing in the 2016 election.
For starters, who is going to be the new face of the party and run in 2020?
The bench is extremely depleted and the party has not been honest with itself about what went wrong in November.
It looks like Hillary Clinton confidante Terry McAuliffe could have his eyes on the White House.
It’s not the subject of The New York Times’ piece. It’s not even given a prominent spot in the article, but it seems Virginia Democratic Governor and Clinton pal Terry McAuliffe might be mulling a run for the White House in 2020. The man has access to cash, ran a state, he’s popular, and worked well with state Republicans on economic development issues.
Mr. McAuliffe broached the matter of the Virginia primary in a White House meeting with Mr. Obama shortly after Mr. Perriello entered the race, and Mr. Obama was noncommittal, according to a Democratic strategist briefed on the conversation. Asked if Mr. Obama would wade into the race, his spokesman, Eric Schultz, said only that he would not rule it out.
In an interview in his office, now festooned with a “Make Virginia Great Again” cap, Mr. McAuliffe rather unconvincingly insisted that he was not irritated by Mr. Perriello’s bid. But the insurgent candidacy has upended the governor’s well-laid succession plans, potentially complicating a presidential run he is increasingly thought to be eyeing. (Asked if he wanted to be president, Mr. McAuliffe said, “I don’t know, I might.”)
McAulliffe has a few skeletons in his closet most notably his attachment to a failed green energy company.