On Monday morning’s edition of The Morning Joe on MSNBC, panelists had some harsh criticism for both the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, who is currently seen as the front-runner of potential Democrat candidates for the 2016 Presidential race.
In comparison to the Republican Party, who has a plethora of up and coming rising stars of different genders, various ethnicities, and backgrounds, the Democratic Party, the panel said, has no bench. Sam Stein, a reporter for the Huffington Post, said, “This is a huge problem for the Democrats. They don’t have a bench … There is not a young, viable Democratic bench out there in part because of the midterm losses that Obama has sustained, and in part because of gerrymandering. This is a problem that strategists talk with increasing alarm about.”
Regarding Hillary, panelists were hard-pressed to articulate a message from Hillary Clinton when challenged to do so in 10-seconds by host Mika Brzezinski. To that request, Stein said, “That’s impossible. I don’t think she has a message right now.”
This criticism comes on the heels of the announcement by Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, that he is running for President in 2016, bypassing the usual exploratory committee. Cruz, the first presidential candidate to make the announcement initially on Twitter, chose March 23 to make his candidacy official for a very specific reason. It is the anniversary date of the “disaster known as Obamacare” being signed into law.
In contrast to messageless Hillary, Senator Cruz delivered a powerful speech, without the use of a teleprompter, at Liberty University Monday morning which outlined his platform and made clear his commitment to conservatism, the Constitution, and the vision of the Founding Fathers.