Here’s what the 2008 and 2012 elections taught us: President Obama built a national political coalition — the three main pillars of which were African Americans, Hispanics and young voters — that Republicans couldn’t come close to touching. Here’s what the 2010 election taught us: That Obama coalition is not directly transferrable to all Democratic candidates. And here’s the fundamental question for Democrats in 2016: Can anyone in their presidential field re-build the coalition Obama pieced together in 2008 or 2012? Or is it unique to him? CONT.
Chris Cillizza, Washington Post