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Larry Sabato: 'Anti-Hillary' challenger to emerge in 2014

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Hillary Clinton might not get the free ride to the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination she wants, considering moves by supporters of California Gov. Jerry Brown and former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer to get them to run.

“An anti-Hillary will begin to emerge in the Democratic Party for 2016,” predicts the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato, the first to suggest that the path to the Democratic nomination could be rocky for the former secretary of state.

In his latest “Crystal Ball,” he says: “Yes, Hillary Clinton is a big favorite to win her party's nomination for president in 2016. But there's too much lingering resentment among Democrats for her and her husband, and too much baggage -- like Clinton's 2002 Iraq War vote, which remains a liability more than a decade later -- for her not to at least receive at least a minimal challenge from someone for the nomination. One possibility to watch: ex-Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana.”

His prediction echoes some in the progressive community who are eager to move past the Clintons.

Sabato also predicts that Obama’s second term will continue to get rough and even suggests that a staffer will go rogue and write a critical book.

“As President Obama slips fully into lame-duck status, an ex-Obama staffer will publish a highly critical book or major magazine piece on his flaws. And it might well reflect worse on Valerie Jarrett, the president and first lady's close adviser, than it will on the first family (Jarrett has been absolutely hammered in recent post-election books and articles),” he and Crystal Ball Managing Editor Kyle Kondik write.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.