TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein: 12 possible 2016 Democratic presidential contenders

5.) Andrew Cuomo — The New York governor fared well in PPP’s post-election poll of Iowa, coming in third place, behind Clinton and Biden. But political guru Larry Sabato recently told a blog that covers New York state politics that he couldn’t see Cuomo, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban development under Bill Clinton, running if Hillary gets in the race. “You can’t imagine him being a credible candidate if Hillary Clinton is in the race,” Sabato said. “I just can’t imagine two major figures from New York running against one another. And Hillary would obviously have the leading role.”

6.) Elizabeth Warren — The new senator from Massachusetts is a favorite among “progressives” (read: the far-left). Though she would only be on her fourth year in federal elective office by the time Election Day 2016 rolls around, there was another candidate who was in a similar situation recently. His name is Barack Obama. It turned out okay for him.

7.) Brian Schweitzer — Brash, bombastic and somewhat cartoonish, the soon-to-be-former Montana governor is often mentioned as a 2016 contender. During an interview in the midst of the presidential race, the classy governor used the term “polygamy” seven times when talking about Mitt Romney, noting that women won’t like that Romney’s “family came from a polygamy commune in Mexico,”  because women are “not great fans of polygamy.” If you’re looking for a candidate to elevate the conversation, he may not be it.

8.) Deval Patrick –– The two-term governor of Massachusetts is sometimes mentioned as a potential 2016 contender, though he did say he had no intention of launching a presidential bid in 2016. Of course, you can’t really trust such denials from politicians. But Massachusetts politicians don’t have a great record when it comes to seeking the presidency, at least since John F. Kennedy was elected president — just ask Mitt Romney, John Kerry, Michael Dukakis and Ted Kennedy.