But Patrick’s road to the nomination, even with Hillary Clinton in the mix, would be much easier than a general-election matchup. For one thing, Clinton is not really all that invincible—we’re still two years out from the action, and the hard left of the Democratic Party still isn’t convinced that she’s “the one.”
Why not? A black man did it back in 2008, so, in theory, another black man could do it again in 2016. But what gets harder for Patrick—and he knows this—is the general election. That’s a hard nut to crack.
And though you wouldn’t see a 2016 Patrick campaign bringing former President Obama along on the stump (because that might be too much black to stomach), he’d certainly have him on speed dial.
Charles D. Ellison is a veteran political strategist and frequent contributor to The Root. He is also Washington correspondent for the Philadelphia Tribune and chief political correspondent for Uptown magazine. Follow him on Twitter.