Yahoo News writer David Chalian must not live in Los Angeles. Because if he did, the thought of a 2016 Villraigosa presidential run would seem comically far-fetched. But that doesn’t stop Chalian from penning at least a thousand words on the prospect.
It’s easy to dismiss Villaraigosa’s likelihood of capturing the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, much less the presidency, due to his rocky (and public) personal life, lack of a developed national fundraising base, and occasional conflicts with portions of his political base.
But recall that Bill Clinton made it to the Oval Office with the personal baggage of infidelity and Barack Obama became the first non-white candidate to achieve the highest office in the land–you can begin to see how Villaraigosa’s interest in a 2016 run may yet still develop.
We personally don’t see it developing. But who knows? Maybe the Mayor can turn his 30/10 initiative to build a subway to the sea in 10 years, instead of 30, into a 30/2 initiative. That would be something to hang his hat on for a primary battle.