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David Frum: Elizabeth Warren is probably going to run
Hotair ^ | 04/23/2015 | Noah Rothman

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 country’s 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 doesn’t want you to read this massive new trade agreement. It’s top secret,” Warren said in a statement responding to the president who singled her out as his central adversary. “Why? Here’s the real answer people have given me: ‘We can’t 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 Clinton’s 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 deal’s effects on American labor.

Some contend that this is Warren’s 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 Clinton’s mounting scandals continue to dominate the news cycle and drag Clinton’s electoral prospects down with them, The Atlantic’s 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 Christie’s experience suggests that popularity in politics is fleeting, and Warren’s window to win her party’s 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, she’ll have to do business with them—and squash any Democrat who objects. If Hillary Clinton loses in 2016, Warren’s 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, she’d 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 people—and that are being expressed by no other first-tier political figure—she 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 Frum’s 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 didn’t 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. What’s 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.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 2016; 2016demprimary; davidfrum; elizabethwarren; frum; warren2016
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1 posted on 04/23/2015 1:14:55 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

MOAR CLOWN CAR!!!


2 posted on 04/23/2015 1:16:17 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would suggest she stay out of parks and not fly in airplanes if she runs.


3 posted on 04/23/2015 1:19:44 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (It is not heaven, it is Iowa. Everyone gets a "Corn Check")
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To: SeekAndFind

She’s already denied that she’s running, which is a tacit acknowledgement that she is.


4 posted on 04/23/2015 1:20:30 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


5 posted on 04/23/2015 1:20:57 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Just angling for the VP spot. Two women. They can run on the “Gynotopia” platform.


6 posted on 04/23/2015 1:21:57 PM PDT by PLMerite ("The issue is never the issue. The issue is the Revolution.")
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


7 posted on 04/23/2015 1:22:42 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: RichInOC
Hillary vs. Fauxahontas? Hitler vs. Stalin? ISIS vs. Hezbollah?

Why can't they just destroy each other and leave the rest of us alone?

8 posted on 04/23/2015 1:23:53 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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She is not going to be Hillary’s VP


9 posted on 04/23/2015 1:24:22 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: SeekAndFind
If Hillary! wins the nomination and loses the election, Warren immediately becomes the frontrunner for the 2020 Dem nomination. If she wants to run in 2016, she is probably thinking in terms of 1968, letting O'Malley play the Eugene McCarthy role, and the moment Hillary! withdraws from the race, coming in the way RFK did in '68 and taking over both the far-left vote and the nomination.

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.

10 posted on 04/23/2015 1:24:50 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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11 posted on 04/23/2015 1:25:24 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sure ... now that Hillary’s on the ropes.


12 posted on 04/23/2015 1:25:36 PM PDT by x
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To: Buckeye McFrog
She might have mentioned that about the healthcare Bil a while back
13 posted on 04/23/2015 1:26:32 PM PDT by dp0622 (Franky Five Angels: "Look, let's get 'em all -- let's get 'em all now, while we got the muscle.")
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To: SeekAndFind
David Frum: Elizabeth Warren is probably going to run


14 posted on 04/23/2015 1:27:48 PM PDT by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: chajin

Warren will be 72 years old on inauguration day 2021. For her, it’s now or never.


15 posted on 04/23/2015 1:28:40 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SeekAndFind
Indian maiden sees blood in the water at Lake Clinton.


16 posted on 04/23/2015 1:31:57 PM PDT by Iron Munro (It IS as BAD as you think and they ARE out to get you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think OMalley and Warren will probably run agains’t Hillary. She looks weak and old. They smell blood in the water.


17 posted on 04/23/2015 1:33:16 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: jjotto
Warren will be 72 years old on inauguration day 2021. For her, it’s now or never.

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.

18 posted on 04/23/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: SeekAndFind

Doing 0bama/democrats job for them.....She’ll enter after we all have decimated Hillary. Getting the picture now?


19 posted on 04/23/2015 1:36:13 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


20 posted on 04/23/2015 1:38:05 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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