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 RubioOvernight Healthcare: First House Republican backs Obama Zika request Time to wake-up to the Venezuelan Crisis First GOP rep backs Obama’s Zika funding request 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 PaulOvernight Energy: Clinton makes her pitch to coal country Rand Paul calls on Clinton to apologize for coal job losses Five ways Trump will attack Clinton MORE began his campaign for 2016.

On the Democratic side there is enormous support for Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDNC chairwoman: If up to me, I’d exclude independents from Dem primaries Trump: My rallies are 'safest place you can be' Reeling Cruz tries to survive Trump tide 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 ClintonThe Trail 2016: One-on-one, do-or-die? Trump lunches with anti-Clinton author Hillary HQ stocks up on hot sauce MORE, who will bring down the house. Less obviously, I predict the big winner of the Democratic convention will be Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Regulation: FDA campaign targets smoking in LGBT community Warren presses White House to move ahead on overtime rules Clinton: There are a lot of qualified people for VP 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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