As it's the eve of the second Republican Presidential debate tonight, I figure I ought to say something about the Democratic Presidential Candidates too. Here goes:
First tier: Clinton, Sanders
Rationale: The only two currently in the race who are drawing serious polling numbers. 'Nuff said.
Second tier: Biden
Rationale: I don't think Biden will run but he is polling better than the rest in response to current doubts about Clinton, IMO. Essentially, Biden's supporters are likely Clinton backers who are nervous. I think the upcoming Democratic debates will be beneficial for Hillary Clinton in terms of getting her beyond the faux email B.S. that's been the preoccupation of the press.
Third tier: O'Malley
Rationale: The only other candidate who could possibly, if not bloody well likely, be the nominee.
Fourth tier: Chaffe, Webb, Lessig
Rationale: Running because they have nothing better to do and heck, look at all the Repubilcans running!
Basically, it's Clinton's race to lose and she won't. She barely lost out to Obama back in 2008 and Sanders is not Obama - Sanders is from the far left of the political spectrum who is running to the left in hopes of shifting the Democrats leftward, and he's already succeeded in doing that while firing up the white liberal base. But the cold fact is that Democrats won't win unless they get a big minority turnout, and when the dust has settled on the caucuses and primaries I expect Obama to do everything he can to get out the vote for Clinton, and Obama has considerable popularity where it counts.
The real danger for Democrats is that Sanders may well fire up his base so much that he alienates them from Clinton in the general election and that's when Ralph Nader decides to run again. Do. Not. Want. I'm sure President Trump's first act as President will be to gild the White House in gold leaf, and lots of it. Americans deserve a classy President and a classy White House, don't they?