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Why Elizabeth Warren Is Winning Even Though She Isn’t Running

Hillary Clinton is being boxed in to pushing an economic populist agenda.

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Rick Moran

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July 19, 2014 - 12:02 am
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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been out on the hustings over the last few weeks, appearing with Democratic Senate candidates and electrifying crowds with her singular brand of economic populism.

Despite her disavowal of any plans to run for president in 2016, her campaign appearances have heightened speculation that she is, indeed, dipping a toe in the water to test audience responses to her favorite themes: evil Wall Street bankers, oppressive student loan debt, the greedy billionaire plutocrats, and crazy Republicans.

But Warren appears to be sincere about sidelining herself for 2016. A group calling itself “Ready for Warren” launched a website recently to promote her candidacy. Warren spokeswoman Lacey Rose said in an email to Politico that the senator “does not support this effort.” Of course, no politician would completely rule out a run. But conditions would have to change dramatically for that to happen.

That’s because despite urban myths to the contrary, recent polling data shows that Hillary Clinton is extremely popular with the far left of her party — more so than with Democratic Party moderates, according to Aaron Blake:

* A Washington Post/ABC News poll this month showed Clinton taking a bigger share of the vote in the 2016 primary among self-described liberals (72 percent) than among moderate and conservative Democrats (60 percent).

* The same poll shows 18 percent of moderate Democrats don’t want Clinton to run. Just 6 percent of liberal Democrats agree.

This is not to say that the prospect of a Warren candidacy wouldn’t siphon off some of those liberals who now support Clinton. It just isn’t likely there would be enough of them to seriously challenge the frontrunner.

So what is Elizabeth Warren doing campaigning in red states? Democrats believe they can exploit the anger that many middle and working class people feel toward Wall Street and the rich and that there is simply no better messenger in their party to gin up the outrage than Elizabeth Warren.

In West Virginia, Warren lit into GOP Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, accusing her of being a tool of Wall Street bankers.

“When [Wall Street] needs her, [Capito's] been there,” Warren said in a packed hotel ballroom. “She’s out there for Wall Street, she’s leading the charge. … We need some more people who are willing to work on the side of America’s families.”

Herein lies the divide in the Democratic Party and is the main reason Warren is so popular. The left may be supporting Hillary Clinton as a practical matter. But they are still skeptical of her allegiance to their issues and their worldview. Nor does Clinton help her case with the Democratic base when she acts like one of the 1%. Noam Scheiber of The New Republic:

On her own time, Clinton has enjoyed several six-figure paydays speaking to corporate executives, including two at Goldman Sachs that netted her an estimated $400,000. And, of course, she has repeatedly struggled to justify all the buckraking, telling Diane Sawyer that she and her husband were “dead broke” when they left the White House. “There’s a lot of vulnerability in the Clinton record going back to Glass-Steagall [the landmark banking regulation her husband mothballed],” says a longtime Democratic presidential operative. “It’s obviously reinforced by this silliness about being broke.”

Scheiber also delineates the real fault line in the Democratic Party. With the news filled with reports from the front line of the GOP civil war, not much is said about the Democrats’ own struggles to define their party for 2016 and beyond.

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Yeah, well, I blithely assured everyone I talked to back in '07, '08 that the wildly unqualified Red Diaper Baby, Barack Obama, was just a foil to allow HRC to run to the center. Ayers, Gill, and Soros and his Middle Eastern investors have shown that they can buy the US Presidency and I'm reasonably confident that they showed us in '12 that they can steal it if necessary; they aren't relinquishing power peacefully in '16. Either HRC has made her peace with the Soros Cabal and is their anointee, in which case she will likely be the next President, or they don't trust her and have their own candidate ready, which may well be Warren.

I doesn't matter that Warren is a fraud and just as wildly inexperienced and radical as was Obama, the LIVs and the mushy middle won't know or care; she'll be the moderate candidate to them and the Republican, no matter who it is will be a misogynistic right wing extremist. And of course, we all know Warren really isn't a populist as that word has any real meaning; she's all for corporations, corporate wealth, and Wall Street 1% so long as they coordinate their actions with the ruling party. I'd like to see some legitimate populism arise on the Republican side because in a party whose base is the non-union working class and small business, Republican crony capitalism is just as damaging to the res publica as Democrat crony capitalism; there's one Helluva lot of "business leaders" and bankers I'd cheerfully march off to work the harvests and whose assets I'd confiscate. There's a lot of late Wiemar karma in the US society and economy; which way will we go?
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I don't know what Warren is up to, although books and articles and tell alls are pushing the theory that Valerie Jarrett and the cabal favor her and disfavor Clinton.

The bear is loose and it appears that Running Bear loves Little White Dove.

If the contrarian theory being pushed now is that Warren is there to tug Clinton to the hard left, what's the point? The Democrats run hard left in the primaries but even Obama...Obama!...ran as a centrist in the general.

The internals must be showing an enthusiasm gap between the parties. Getting Warren to do the class warfare dirty work and Holder/Obama/Reid/Pelosi to do the racial and ethnic warfare keeps Clinton's hands clean so she can pivot to the center with no hard left stains on her hands.

She can talk the Alinsky talk when she needs to, but she isn't going to believe some inane WaPo poll about her "hard left" support. She isn't a good enough politician to thread that thin needle. She will instinctively try to get some daylight between herself and Barry's cratering popularity outside of the black and OWS communities.

She doesn't have Teflon melanin to protect her. She needs to not lose traditional "liberal" votes. She cannot get tied to the face slapping of Israel and risk losing the solid Jewish near left.

She wants the Reagan democrats, independents and near left in her pocket. Somebody else has to gin up the black and OWS crowd.

Warren may be learning the lines as an understudy if Clinton's "blood clot" (TIA???) problem incapacitates her. Having somebody other than Gaffemaster Joe ready is simply being prepared.

DumbJoe wants to be wanted. But, he isn't. He may go off the reservation ...which is why Fauxchahontas is doing the rainmaking dance. She is the understudy, not Joe. She is Plan B, not Joe.

If Deval Patrick or Corey Booker pops onto the screen, all bets are off. But the Democrats don't implode like Republicans. They stay on message. They brook no real dissent in the ranks.

There is no challenge to Hillary. And pulling her to the hard left is idiotic. They already have those votes sewn up. They are just pounding the war drums to gin up enthusiasm and give a backbeat to Hillary's coronation march. Warren is nothing more than an understudy and a health hedge.
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The next POTUS will have ovaries. The gyrls have waited long enough. Since 1920. Since the Stanley Cup finals will be held in 'ell before the GOP nominates ovaries, It is up to Warren to stop Hill-de-Beast.
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Hillary is in the 1% and so is Princess Spreading Bull. She married an old man for his money and lied about her heritage to get a cushy g teaching job at Harvard making $700K for teaching one class.
This chick is no dumb broad. She whines about kids being in horrible college debt, how about lowering tuition, there, Liz, take a pay cut and stop paying Hillary for stupid speeches.
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I think that Warren is just the stalking horse for Cory Booker.
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Cory looks good to come out of the shutes. He could be made into
Obama, Jr. Then Hillary & Liz would be sliced off at the knees.
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warren is running , of course the mainstream media won't publish that .
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The missus Clinton is better known then the redskin princess only because of the decades she has infested the news

But I doubt there is an iota of difference between the hypocrisy of their the hag Clinton or the strange eyed hocumhantus warren
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47% entitlement population is already with them dems. The question is will the independent s vote a women in who tells us about the war on women, unequal pay and racism and the need for the 1st female president. Fool me once, you know the rest.
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Be careful with Warren. Like Bernie Sanders, her populist message is appealing to a lot of people. She - or Sanders - could disrupt things in a big way and all the crys of "marxist!" will not diminish her stature. Will Warren or Sanders be President? No, but they have the potential to skew the discussion in ways that make it difficult for conservatives to react.
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E. Redskin Warren's rhetoric is the same leftist boilerplate that Hillary and Obama and other Dems have been serving up for years. The difference is that she's a new face, more easy on the eyes than the getting more hideous every day faces we're used to seeing. Has anyone seen Pelosi lately? She's looking scarier by the minute. So, Warren looks younger, let's elect her is the mindset now.
But the leftist demagoguery is the same.
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This article is nonsense. Moran practically has the Democratic nomination sewn up for Hillary more than two years before the election. He forgets about the fact that Demcrats have a long history of nominating complete unknowns out of the blue. And the fact that the last time Hillary ran she couldn' even beat a poorly qualified rookie senator when she was the heavy favorite. Hillary has a glass jaw when it comes to campaigning. No one knows what will happen in the 2016 campaign yet.
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Correct, except for BO being "a poorly qualified rookie." He was (and mostly still is insofar as positive achievement goes) Mr. Nobody. When you lose to nobody then have a historically disastrous turn as SecState, coronation ain't the word. Evisceration, maybe. After milking the donors one last time I think H will drop out.
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Obama’s oppositional-defiant disorder only partially explains his dysfunction as president. One need only listen to another true believer like Elizabeth Warren to get a second opinion of the disorder they share in common.
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