Skip to comments.David Frum: Elizabeth Warren is probably going to run
Posted on 04/23/2015 1:14:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Following a brief feint in which the White House masterfully exploited the servility of congressional Republicans to create the impression that Barack Obama was still firmly in command of the countrys destiny, the revolt of liberal lawmakers over a proposed free trade has made it clear that the president is very much a lame duck.
The internecine fight among Democrats over the Trans-Pacific Partnership has elevated Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to the status as chief liberal opponent of a Democratic White House. “The government doesnt want you to read this massive new trade agreement. Its top secret,” Warren said in a statement responding to the president who singled her out as his central adversary. “Why? Heres the real answer people have given me: ‘We cant make this deal public because if the American people saw what was in it, they would be opposed to it.'”
“If the American people would be opposed to a trade agreement if they saw it, then that agreement should not become the law of the United States,” her statement continued.
In an appearance on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow on Wednesday, Warren added that she was worried that the authority Obama is seeking from Congress that would allow him to bypass the legislature to craft and enact trade deals could be misused by future presidents. Whomever might that be?
The fight over the TPP has showcased Clintons limitless capacity for inconsistency. She praised it as recently as 2014, but Clinton has since expressed reservations about the TPP when it has become apparent that the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is suspicious of the deals effects on American labor.
Some contend that this is Warrens sweet spot; she prefers to advocate for causes in which she believes rather than selling herself as a candidate. But not everyone shares this sentiment. As Clintons mounting scandals continue to dominate the news cycle and drag Clintons electoral prospects down with them, The Atlantics David Frum anticipates that Warren will have little choice but to enter the 2016 race as the progressive champion.
Frum is skeptical of the notion that Warren can be much of a force in the Senate as a junior senator unless she retains her current role as something of a spoiler of pragmatic Democrats ambitions. Moreover, Chris Christies experience suggests that popularity in politics is fleeting, and Warrens window to win her partys nomination is rapidly closing.
And if Hillary Clinton wins in 2016, what role for Warren then? President Clinton will face Republican majorities in both House and Senate. Like her husband in the 1990s, shell have to do business with themand squash any Democrat who objects. If Hillary Clinton loses in 2016, Warrens role in the Senate will quickly be eclipsed by the next generation of Democrats competing for their chance in 2020. By then, Warren will be nearly 70, older than most presidential candidates, even in our geriatric political era.
If Elizabeth Warren did seek the Democratic presidential nomination, shed seize the party and the national agenda. Rank-and-file Democrats seethe with concern about stagnant wages, income inequality, and the malefactions of great wealth, Frum noted. Left to her own devices, Hillary Clinton will talk about none of that.
If a politician expresses ideas that are shared by literally tens of millions of peopleand that are being expressed by no other first-tier political figureshe owes it to her supporters to take their cause to the open hearing and fair trial of the nation, he concluded. It would be negligent and irresponsible not to do so.
Frum makes a good case, but the only factor he did not appear to consider is the possibility that Warren is as career-minded and ambitious as the next politician. If she is a truly selfless ideologue, she might take Frums advice and take a stab at the queen. If she misses, her supporters will find her sacrifice admirable and will respect her for enduring the subsequent consequences. And there will be consequences.
As anyone who didnt back Clinton in 2008 and found themselves on her enemies list will attest, the former first family has long memories. To attempt to unseat Clinton from her present perch as the Democratic heir apparent to Barack Obama will not be forgotten. If Warren lunges at Clinton and misses, she can expect the remaining three years of her term to be especially frustrating. Whats more, as Frum suggests, Warren is unlikely to be able to retain her present status as progressive icon until 2020. Is that risk worth a presidential bid? Maybe not.
MOAR CLOWN CAR!!!
I would suggest she stay out of parks and not fly in airplanes if she runs.
She’s already denied that she’s running, which is a tacit acknowledgement that she is.
If the American people would be opposed to a trade agreement if they saw it, then that agreement should not become the law of the United States, her statement continued.
God Help Me, that line makes more sense than anything I’ve heard a Republican say in years.
Just angling for the VP spot. Two women. They can run on the “Gynotopia” platform.
Warren will in fact be 71 when the 2020 election rolls around. It’s now or never for her. Probably never, but it might happen.
Why can't they just destroy each other and leave the rest of us alone?
She is not going to be Hillary’s VP
The only fly in the ointment would be that if Hillary! is on the verge of losing the nomination again--not to O'Malley, a straight white male will never get the Dem nomination again, but losing it to a firestorm of criticism--I would not put it passed (or past) her to order Warren's assassination, so that Hillary! can then step in as the Mourner in Chief and get the nomination.
Sure ... now that Hillary’s on the ropes.
Warren will be 72 years old on inauguration day 2021. For her, it’s now or never.
I think OMalley and Warren will probably run agains’t Hillary. She looks weak and old. They smell blood in the water.
Reagan was 70 the month after his inauguration. If Warren stays healthy and looks fit, the radical left won't care, especially if she chooses a young black hardline-Marxist woman like Atima Omara as her running mate.
Doing 0bama/democrats job for them.....She’ll enter after we all have decimated Hillary. Getting the picture now?
Warren is the media’s choice and that’s why the Clinton Cash articles are starting to show up in the MSM. Rush covered this today so we’ll have to watch if the prognosticators & pundits have it right. For Hillary, the larger problem is those who paid the cash expect results and pulling out of the race is not the result their money was supposed to buy.
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