Democrats are looking at their field of candidates to take on President Donald Trump and are coming to the conclusion that they are in trouble.
When a half-dozen Democratic donors gathered at the Whitby Hotel in Manhattan last week, the dinner began with a discussion of which presidential candidates the contributors liked.
But as conversations among influential Democrats often go these days, the meeting quickly evolved into a discussion of who was not in the race — but could be lured in.
Would Hillary Clinton get in, the contributors wondered, and how about Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor?
One person even mused whether Michelle Obama would consider a late entry, according to two people who attended the event, which was hosted by the progressive group American Bridge.
“Since the last debate, just anecdotally, I’ve had five or six people ask me: ‘Is there anybody else?’” Leah Daughtry, a Democrat who has run two conventions, said.
“There’s more anxiety than ever,” journalist and wife of Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Connie Schultz said to The Times.
“We’re both getting the calls. I’ve been surprised by some who’ve called me,” she said of the people calling them to get in the primary.
Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said that there was real concerns over Biden’s lack of fundraising and management of funds.
“Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Bloomberg have both told people privately in recent weeks that if they thought they could win, they would consider entering the primary — but that they were skeptical there would be an opening, according to Democrats who have spoken with them,” The Times said.
“Former Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who associates say has wondered aloud about whether he should have run and has found it hard to watch Mr. Biden’s missteps, has also been urged to get in.
“But he still thinks the former vice president, who was once his longtime Senate colleague, is the party’s best nominee.
“Another Obama administration official who weighed a campaign at the start of the year, former Attorney General Eric Holder, is considering a last-minute entry but has conceded it may be too late, according to a Democrat familiar with his thinking,” it said.
Those who have spoken to Hillary Clinton say that she has the same concerns about the Party’s front runners but that she would only get into the race if Biden was severely weakend.
But it is hard to ignore the numerous media appearances and Twitter wars she has been involved in for the past month.
If she were to enter the primary campaign, after there have been debates, it would be interesting to see what the Democrat voters think.
This article originally appeared at The Federalist Papers and was republished with permission.
*Some edits have been made.
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