03/09/2015 10:19 am ET Updated May 09, 2015

Why Do the Democrats Field a Weak Bench?

In recent weeks, there has been substantial media attention paid to the Democrats' weak bench, meaning that other than Hillary Clinton there are few plausible presidential candidates in the party. A January 29th headline in the Weekly Standard read "The Democrats Bench is Shockingly Weak." In February, Tom Bevan of Real Clear Politics noted "the Democrats have an exceedingly weak bench at the moment." Even progressives like Rachel Maddow have recognized that "There's no plan B if its not Hillary."