Okay setting up the 2016 Democratic Power Rankings is way easier than doing the GOP side. One thing has been constant and that is the people at the top of their respective rankings have been there from pretty much day one.
The top spot remains Hillary Clinton and she had a good week putting out her plans on national defense and how to defeat ISIS. She remains a real policy wonk that loves to really get into the details of issues and that is likely here strong suite.
She did have some fun producing a YouTube video to reach out have some fun reaching out to Republican’s and her chief competitor Donald Trump. Her video said in a playful way she told the voters that “I don’t have horns.”
Barring some unforeseen health episode or awful scandal she will win the Democratic nomination and could win the White House. She remains the most likely candidate to be the nominee to represent the party and it seems now that most of her troubles are behind her.
Bernie Sanders (Senator – Vermont)
Sanders is performing great in the polls thus far. He is drawing large crowds at his events. Perhaps most importantly, he has proven that he has the potential to actually do a decent job with fundraising. While I think that Sanders is a very interesting candidate with some good idea’s there just does not seem to be a path that I have been able to find that gets him to the nomination. That said Clinton will have to make sure to embrace some of his ideas in hopes of gaining his support and his followers.
Martin O’Malley (Former Governor – Maryland)
O’Malley is energetic and was a fairly well liked governor. He has a strong liberal record to campaign on and can run on the improvements that took place in his state in education while he was at the helm. The downside for O’Malley is that he is pretty much unknown nationally. But many in the Democratic National Committee feel that he is a great sparring partner for Clinton and after the election he will remain a key member of the party.