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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren emerges as a presidential contender in 2016. Click image to enlarge.
LONG BEFORE she was elected to the U.S. Senate by the voters in Massachusetts in 2012, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was articulating a sensible, rational and empathetic approach to the plight of ordinary Americans.
She was the champion of the millions who suffered acute financial devastation in the housing bubble collapse of 2008. The Harvard professor was the one who proposed – and advocated strongly for – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
She should have been its leader. But her nomination was blocked – not even voted upon – in the U.S. Senate by the GOP minority.
Now, with a front-page story in The New York Times on Monday, she has emerged as a leading challenger to the presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
What a wonderful development.
Watch a video of her fiery rhetoric below the fold.
WE HAVE WRITTEN about the “best new Senator in generations” several times since she proposed her first major piece of legislation in May.
Our first story was about her bill that would have prevented a massive hike in interest on student loans that arrived on July 1 despite her efforts.
Elizabeth Warren introduces bill to stave off financial ruin for many was published on May 16.
We again featured her July 8 in Congress fiddles while U.S. ‘burns
and also on Aug. 2 when she proposed a major reform of the banking system: Sen. Warren proposes major banking overhaul
The front-page story in The New York Times on Monday about Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Click image to enlarge.
In a front-page story on Monday headlined Populist Left Makes Warren Its Hot Ticket The New York Times acknowledged her rising profile and increasing support amongst Democratic activists.
Reporter Jonathan Martin wrote:
“In Democratic circles, disappointment in the promise of the Obama presidency and unease over a possible restoration of the Clintons have made the senator, who was sworn in just 10 months ago, the object of huge interest and the avatar of a newly assertive, fervently populist left eager for a more confrontational approach to politics.”
Her denial of presidential ambitions sounded very much, to those who follow these things, like an announcement of her candidacy.
“Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in an interview that she was not interested in seeking the presidency. And despite talk of a draft movement among some activists, it is difficult to imagine her taking on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Excuse me? It is not difficult to imagine at all. It would make an otherwise dull race into something worth participating in vigorously. Martin provides the reason:
“But in seizing on issues animating her party’s base — the influence of big banks, soaring student loan debt and the widening gulf between the wealthy and the working class — Ms. Warren is challenging the centrist economic approach that has been the de facto Democratic policy since President Bill Clinton and his fellow moderates took control of the party two decades ago,” he wrote.
It’s about time someone challenged the party of Sen. Harry Reid (dull as watching paint dry) and U.S. Rep Nancy Pelosi (who led the House Democrats to crushing defeat in 2010.)
The Sept. 10 story in The Washington Post about the rising star of the Democratic Party, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Click image to enlarge.
But The New York Times was not the first to notice the rising star of the Democratic base.
After her rabble-rousing speech to the AFL-CIO in August was greeted with thunderous applause, The Washington Post was first out the gate.
In a story headlined Elizabeth Warren and a leftward push in 2016 Carter Askew wrote on Sept. 10:
“Prediction: If Elizabeth Warren runs for president, she will get a lot of votes in a Democratic primary and could force the eventual Democratic nominee to the left, the way Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, et al did to Mitt Romney in 2012.”
This would be a most welcome development.
“The Massachusetts senator gave a rousing speech to the AFL-CIO Sunday and she offered liberals some rhetorical meat served raw, the way they like it,” Askew added.
Two days later, another story appeared on the same topic in The Week.
In Elizabeth Warren could be the Howard Dean of 2016 Keith Wagstaff wrote on Sept. 12:
“Last weekend, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren looked just like the populist rabble-rouser Massachusetts progressives thought she would be when they elected her in 2012.
The Week reported on Sen. Warren’s well received AFL-CIO speech in this article on Sept. 12. Click image to enlarge.
“Her speech (to the AFL-CIO) really made headlines, however, when she attacked the Supreme Court for frequently ruling for corporations.”
It’s most corporate-friendly 2010 decision, known as “Citizens United,” unleashed a flood of cash into the 2012 presidential race, but its effects were oddly muted as President Obama won handily.
Warren’s populist credentials were burnished, as Wagstaff noted, with her refrain:
“In the most dramatic moment of the speech, she loudly repeated, ‘Our agenda is America’s agenda!’ to a standing ovation.”
What a breath of fresh air.
The entry of Sen. Warren into the presidential sweepstakes would be the best development for the Democratic Party in decades.
She has already made her mark in the Senate with important, thoughtful bills that could make a huge difference to millions of Americans. She has risked the ire of the enormous and influential banking lobby, which is a major source of donations for Hillary Clinton.
The articulate, plain-speaking Sen. Warren seems to truly care about the interests of the voters, whereas the Clintons’ top priority – for both of them – has always been their own political interests.
With The New York Times story, her candidacy has now been launched into the realms of possibility.
Watch her Sept. 8 speech to the delegates of the AFL-CIO 2013 Convention in the video below.
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