These are the people I expect to run for the Democratic nomination next cycle:
Kanye West. He’s already said he’s going to, and with Trump’s victory, it’s lost its absurd factor. With the right team and the right field of competition, I could see it happening.
Jeff Merkley. He’s a progressive Senator who’s popular with his constituents, and I could see him trying to pick up where Bernie left off.
Elizabeth Warren. She sacrificed some popularity among progressives by not backing Bernie in the primaries, but I don’t think that’ll hurt her four years down the road.
Cory Booker. The reasons are obvious.
Martin O’Malley. He didn’t do well this time, but conditions might be better for another shot next time.
Joe Kennedy III. Good clean record, young, Kennedy name. He’s going to run eventually, and given how this played out, he might make the run sooner than expected.
Tulsi Gabbard. I’ve expected since I’ve been aware of her that she might run eventually, after serving in the House longer or moving up to Senate, but since Trump has effectively destroyed all ability to criticize anyone on experience.
Will Smith. This one is a bit of a longshot, but he did mention that he was considering running this cycle, so he might actually go for it next time. I think he’s too satisfied relaxing and helping his kids succeed to go for it, but it wouldn’t shock me.
Mark Cuban and/or Michael Bloomberg. These two are not members of any party at the moment as far as I’m aware, but both supported Hillary and could fill the more centrist niche the party tends to go for in battles against a Republican incumbent. And both would love the opportunity to take Trump down.
People I want to run next time but probably won’t:
Jay Z. He would neutralize Trump’s outsider status. He can capitalize on the American dream narrative because he went from living in the projects to a $750 million net worth in ten years. He’s been in charge of actually successful businesses. He’s charming, smart, and well-read. He’s already connected to the political elite, but supports more progressive causes. He might actually get my generation off their asses and down to the polls. And the First Lady would be Beyoncé. I want him to run so fucking badly.
Katniss ran through the crowded hallway with Haymitch at her heels. The older man’s forehead was covered in sweat but his eyes were sparkling and a happy smile danced on his lips. She couldn’t remember a time when she’d seen him smile like this. He must have read the questioning look in her eyes. “The boy’s back,” he explained.