Marco Rubio announces his candidacy for 2016 (what about Mitt?)

In my column “Last stand for liberals” I warned that the party of Mitt Romney would not recreate the Reaganism of 1980, but would recreate the robber barons of 1890. My view is that Romney has at least a 50-50 chance of being elected, and probably slightly more. I found it strange that Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: Clinton-Lynch meeting ‘raises all sorts of red flags’ Which GOP pols will actually attend the convention? Poll: Rubio holds massive lead in primary MORE introduced Romney by giving a speech about Marco Rubio, as Chris Christie, whom my colleague A.B. Stoddard wrote about perceptively in her column, gave a speech about Chris Christie. Meanwhile Ron Paul was disrespected by Mitt Romney, while Rand PaulRand PaulTrump campaign loses two more staffers Trump's new digital strategist quickly leaves campaign Trump: Rivals who don't back me shouldn't be allowed to run for office MORE began his campaign for 2016.

On the Democratic side there is enormous support for Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGOP: time to end convention Rules madness Sanders wins concessions in Dem draft platform Dem draft platform a full repudiation of Trump MORE as vice president with Obama, but this will not happen, because Obama would rather lose the strength he would get with Hillary than admit he needs help from her. But support surges for Hillary in 2016, while she continues what I can only describe as a rather strange global tour that seems to never end.

When Democrats meet, obviously the big speech will be Bill ClintonBill ClintonRubio: Clinton-Lynch meeting ‘raises all sorts of red flags’ WH defends Lynch's record after Clinton meeting GOP senator: Lynch should formally hand over Clinton probe MORE, who will bring down the house. Less obviously, I predict the big winner of the Democratic convention will be Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenVeep auditions in overdrive Apple, Spotify streaming music dispute heats up Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans MORE. She may well be the only speaker at either convention who champions the true populist spirit and agenda that in my view Democrats should have been standing for all along, as opposed to whatever it is that Timothy Geithner actually does, and whatever it is that Mitt Romney actually stands for.

Neither Romnney nor Obama has offered anything of substance about what they would do to make things better in the next four years. While Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton are all playing 2016 politics for themselves, with little regard for either nominee in 2012.

I love Clint Eastwood like a brother, but he was totally incoherent addressing Republicans, which probably makes him the most appropriate voice for the campaign of 2012.

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