Why you should care
What’s ahead in 2014? Here’s a look at two people and one trend that will be on everyone’s radar.
Michelle Obama has been one of the most transformative first ladies ever, so imagine what would happen if she put herself front and center over the next few years. As we head into the last 1,000 days of her reign as first lady, OZY says, let it rip, Michelle. Bring on the smile and the style, double down on the military families initiatives and make some noise about education.
Democrats may want to dismiss Chris Christie’s success with Latino voters, but if they do, they may just miss out on one of the biggest and most influential voting blocks in 2016.
So far, Latino Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have captured most of the headlines, but with support from groups like the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, established in the late 1960s, and newer ones including the Latino National Republican Coalition and the Future Majority Caucus, scores of Latino conservatives have won elected positions across the country. The Future Majority Caucus wants to recruit more than 100 Latino Republicans to run for office in the near future, boasts about its multimillion-dollar fundraising successes and claims responsibility for helping to elect 15 new Latino Republicans in nine states in 2012 alone. This is the Latino conservative political machine at work.
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice keeps racking up high-profile appointments and remains broadly popular. With a word, she could scramble the route Republicans are charting back the White House in 2016.
In two years, Republican voters in early caucus and primary states will determine their 2016 standard bearer and the direction of their party as they seek to regain the White House. It may not matter. Democrats have a serious demographic advantage. But the race for 2016 could get really interesting if Condoleezza Rice is a player.
The Republican solution may be the second slot on the ticket. And the best person for this spot, Rice, currently resides in California of all places, a solid Democratic state.