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Barack Obama
Count on GOP candidates to gang up on Hillary
Count on GOP candidates to gang up on Hillary

For one reason or another, some Democratic friends and foes alike of Hillary Clinton contend that she needs a serious challenger for their party's 2016 presidential nomination. She will benefit, they say, from having a punching bag who can clarify her positions on key issues and bring out the best in her personal qualifications for the job. It's a rather risky proposition to turn loose a critic capable of revealing the vulnerabilities of the party's strongest candidate going into the contest. There's always the possibility that such a free-swinging challenger may land a politically telling blow, and leave the party worse off than having the coronation that appears ahead...