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 RubioRepublicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Week ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's Labor pick Senators introduce new Iran sanctions 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 Defense: General says US strike probably led to civilian deaths | Tillerson to push NATO on spending | Trump taps F-35 chief Senate backs Montenegro's NATO membership We need congressional debate on Yemen MORE began his campaign for 2016.

On the Democratic side there is enormous support for Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump puts foreign investors first by supporting the Republican tax plan DNC asks entire staff for resignation letters Ellison pens Jezebel op-ed honoring role of women in labor fight 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.

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When Democrats meet, obviously the big speech will be Bill ClintonBill ClintonTrump seeks to stop lawsuit from ‘Apprentice’ contestant Trump asks why Clintons' ties to Russia aren't under investigation Playing hot potato and musical chairs with healthcare MORE, who will bring down the house. Less obviously, I predict the big winner of the Democratic convention will be Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGovernment Accountability Office will review Mar-a-Lago security procedures Dems debate working with GOP on consumer bureau revamp Overnight Finance: Trump stock slump | GOP looks to tax bill for lifeline | Trump repeals 'blacklisting rule' | Dem wants ethics probe into Treasury secretary 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.