It's an interesting time to be a Democrat in American politics. As recently as 2008, the donkeys had it made: having managed to alienate nearly everyone across the political spectrum, Republican George W. Bush was on his way out as one of the least popular presidents in US history and taking with him the GOP dominance in congress and any momentum his party might have hoped to enjoy in the coming presidential race. Republican primaries were notoriously fragmented, with numerous potential nominees meaning that most voters were disappointed with the final choice. And that choice was, in an arguably desperate appeal to American exasperation with the right, the decidedly left-leaning "conservative" Senator John McCain.

The result was the election of the nation's first African-American President, Barack Obama; a man so favored in the race by simple virtue of anti-Republican fervor among the electorate, that there were those accusing him of running on a platform no more substantive than the slogan "hope and change". Republicans tried to unseat him in 2012 with another Republican of dubious right-wing credentials, Mitt Romney, but Americans just weren't ready to forgive the GOP yet. Despite having proven no superstar of a commander in chief in the eyes of the public, Obama won reelection convincingly.

In the past four years, sentiment towards the president has scarcely warmed: Never in danger of receiving Christmas cards from the right, Obama has disappointed many of those on the left, especially environmentalists whose hoped-for change was an emphasis on green policies that they feel has failed to materialize. Frustration over only modest improvements to the economy, meanwhile, have threatened to turn public sentiment against the Democrats in a manner similar to what was experienced by Republicans in the post-Bush era.

With elections soon to be upon us, it may well be the Democrats who now must face the challenge of retaining power in the face of an outbound two-term President of limited popularity. It's a tall order which Republicans, eight years ago, were not able to meet. But might the Democrats have momentum now that the GOP wasn't in a position to muster then?

When Bush was on his way out, Barack Obama offered a charismatic candidate promising a new direction away from policies of which the nation was undeniably fatigued. There's a case to be made that Democrats have a great deal more than that today, as Hillary Clinton - the party's darling child - is a political superstar of a caliber that Obama never was. She boasts over two decades of experience in government, including but by no means limited to eight years already spent in the White House as First Lady. She has the support of virtually every major Democrat in congress, which ties into her impressive fund-raising abilities. And superficially (but nevertheless significantly), she offers the United States its first female President in history. Whatever she's doing has been working: Clinton is the clear Democratic frontrunner.

Still, she is far from a sure thing. Though she enjoys wide support among Democrats and even undecided voters - particularly women - Clinton is reeling from the sting of not one, but two major scandals. From her time as Secretary of State, she is accused of ignoring requests for additional security for the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi immediately prior to the terrorist attack at that facility, and also of using her own private e-mail server to handle and discuss sensitive state documents in a manner that may have opened the door to espionage. These charges have had a serious impact on her polling numbers. She's been on a downward trend for months, at times plummeting precipitously in as little as a week. Worse, the scandals aren't going anywhere anytime soon. New information frequently emerges about the e-mails, while Clinton is scheduled to testify before congress in October about Benghazi.

And on top of it all, quite aside from her troubles of the moment, it would not be unprecedented for Hillary Clinton to drop the political ball. Barack Obama may not have had her name recognition, experience, or support within the party in 2008 - but he beat her for the Democratic nomination, and she was at the head of the pack for a long time then, too. And at the same time as Clinton is weakening, the Republican party may be coalescing: Donald Trump has built a commanding lead in the race for the GOP nomination, discrediting criticisms of Republican disunity.

If Clinton should fail, then Senator Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is well-liked and poised to take the Democratic nomination. But there are murmurs of other Democratic runs should Clinton flounder, from popular individuals who could make the race entirely uncertain.

In short, it may well be too early to predict the outcome of the struggle for the Democratic nod. Too many variables remain outstanding to support a responsible guess. The only thing certain now is that whatever her challenges, Hillary Clinton cannot be counted out. Despite the heavy weight of scandal dragging down her numbers, she continues to register double-digit leads over her nearest opponent.



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If you ask Howell Astor, unemployment is the biggest problem facing America. He wants to do something about that, by putting people back to work and stopping the flow of American jobs to China. He also doesn't have many nice things to say about Hillary Clinton, and he's a Democrat today because he wanted to take her on.

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2016 Democratic Candidate  Morrison Bonpasse
 
A trained legal expert with deep concerns about the American prison system, Bonpasse runs a nonprofit organization that seeks to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. He's also globally-minded, putting humanity first in a way not often seen in prospective American presidents.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Andy Caffrey
 
A strong environmentalist and advocate against genetically modified organisms, Andy Caffrey is the first Democratic candidate to run on a platform of truly green politics. He is an accomplished and passionate man with campaign experience, and has turned his focus to the White House.

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2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Willie Wilson
 
Willie Wilson is a classic rags-to-riches American success story. The poor Louisiana boy who fled conditions he considered to be virtual slavery and once worked as a janitor for $2 an hour eventually came to own the stores he used to mop. Now, a self-made man, he brings a liberal voice to the presidential race.

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2016 Democratic Candidate  Willie Carter
 
This retired USAF member and father of nine definitely brings something different to the table. Carter is in his eighth consecutive run for the Presidency, which he entered because he was “commanded of the Lord to enter the race to become President of the United States of America”.

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2016 Democratic Candidate  Brad Winslow
 
Brad Winslow believes the federal government is a business owned by the American people – a business whose managers are insufficiently accountable to their bosses. He reveals few of his policy ideas, but he's passionate about one goal: The “Public House Amendment” to the constitution.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate 2016 Doug Shreffler
 
Doug Shreffler is not a career politician but a man of optimism with a goal of cross-party unification. His distinctive perspective was born from his lifelong service to our country in foreign affairs with the CIA and as a US envoy with G4 Classification.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate 2016 Harry Braun
 
Deeply concerned about environmental disaster, Harry Braun looks to the construction of arcologies for shelter from the coming chaos. He also worries about bribery and corruption in government, and seeks a Constitutional Convention to pass an amendment giving direct control to the American people.

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Democratic Candidate 2016 Lloyd Kelso
 
Born to poverty, Kelso is no stranger to hard work. He believes the middle class has been disenfranchised in modern America, and feels it's important to rectify that by lowering or eliminating taxes on the less fortunate. Socially, however, he sojourns to the right on foreign policy and Second Amendment issues.

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2016 Democratic Candidate  Bernie Sanders
 
Generally regarded as a Democrat, Sanders is in fact the longest-serving Independent in the history of the United States Congress. Having held office as both Vermont's at-large congressional representative and Mayor of the city of Burlington, he is currently the sitting junior Senator of Vermont.

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Democratic Candidate 2016 Robby Wells
 
The former football coach turned public servant is a moderate libertarian seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016. Wells has made it clear that he isn’t afraid to call out politicians on both sides of the aisle. He finished third for the Constitution Party’s nomination in 2012.

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2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Steinberg
 
Michael Steinberg has built a career advocating for those left behind. He has entered the race for President to bring attention to the issues that are not being addressed and to advocate for those forgotten in Washington, especially the elderly, the disabled and our Veterans.

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2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Jeff Boss
 
Fairly mundane liberal politics with a few conservative leanings are couched in a superlatively suspicious mind in Jeff Boss. He believes that the NSA is bugging his phone and trying to poison him in an effort to cover up the truth about 9/11, but Democrats would find little extreme about most of his policy standings.

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Rocky De La Fuente is a born businessman who has owned firms in a number of industries throughout his life. He is running for the Democratic nomination, but his positions on issues such as the economy, energy independence, and military readiness would find welcome in some of the nation's most conservative quarters.

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2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
 
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