I didn't have time this week to comment on Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick picking Mo Cowan to fill John Kerry's Senate seat until the special election in June. But I'm guessing that it will turn out to be a brilliant move.
Sure, I had previously agreed with folks who were looking forward to a Senator Barney Frank. But the truth is - he's at the end of his political career. Being the first African American to represent Representing MA in the United States Senate will give Mo Cowan recognition on the national stage and could launch a future political career.
I suspect that is exactly what President Obama is doing with his visit to Minneapolis on Monday to talk with local officials about innovative approaches to reducing gun violence. RT Rybak is someone with tremendous potential and he's recently announced that he won't be running for another mayoral term. So what's next?
I wouldn't suggest that any of these guys are likely to run for president in 2016 (although you never know). But with the addition of a few women to the list - this is the face of the future of the Democratic Party.
This is one of the reasons I admire and respect this President. His concern is not for his own legacy, his focus is on our future. By bringing these people onto the nation stage, with fresh ideas, he is helping to move us forward. The President is building our Future.