Elizabeth Warren Won't Run In 2016, But We Can Still Dream
Full disclosure: I'm a Massachusetts resident, so there may be some bias up here in the Commonwealth. Walking liberal goddess Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not running for president in 2016. Let's repeat: Sen. Elizabeth Warren is not running in the 2016 presidential race. She will not be going head-to-head against Sen. Rand Paul in a debate moderated by Candy Crowley. She will not have a concert with Jay Z rapping, "I got 99 problems and a Cruz ain't one." But we're not throwing away our Ready For Warren T-shirts just yet.
Warren, every progressive's fictional BFF, reportedly sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission on Friday, disavowing herself from the Ready For Warren grassroots campaign. The passionate campaigners have set up a super PAC this summer to encourage the junior senator to make a presidential bid. The Facebook group already has more than 16,000 Facebook likes! There's Warren For Prez stickers!
But nope, Warren's not having it. According to The Boston Globe, Warren's letter to the FEC was harsh yet definitive, which is how you have to be sometimes when grassroots super PACs just won't let it go.
From the letter, written by Warren's attorney, Marc E. Elias:
This letter serves as a formal disavowal of the organization and its activity. The senator has not, and does not, explicitly or implicitly, authorize, endorse, or otherwise approve of the organization's activities. ... To the contrary, Senator Warren has publicly announced that she is not running for president in 2016.
So, there you have it: 2016 is not Elizabeth Warren's year. The Ready For Warren campaign, however, is also not having it. A representative for the PAC told The Globe that they will continue raising money, all the while chanting, "Run, Liz, Run."
Why is Warren's presidential star soaring? Well, there's a few theories. First, she's relatively new to politics, having spent most of her professional career in academia and working as a consumer protection advocate. Although lack of political experience can be used against a candidate — re: Obama during the 2008 presidential race — it's a sort of refresher for many jaded voters who believe politicians are too tarnished after years spent in Washington.
Here, Warren's limited political experience — though it's worth noting the experience she does have, such as serving as chairperson on the Congressional Oversight Panel, is solid — also provides a counterbalance to Hillary Clinton, who's been in the political eye for decades. In fact, Clinton's been facing a sort of backlash from her lengthy political resume, to the point that critics are wondering if she's lost touch with ordinary people. And in this deeply polarized America, that can be race-breaker.
But where Warren excels is with ordinary people — the middle class. Blue-collar workers, unions, students with crippling debt, families struggling with a two-income household — she has their backs.
However, the pro and con for Warren is her progressivism, which places her left of Clinton and Obama. At a time where most Democrats are basically centrists, and most Republicans are far more right-wing than their Ike Republican brothers, Warren stands out as the old-school leftist. It's why she's championed by liberal activists, but unfortunately, it's why she's also a major foe to half the voting bloc (especially if you happen to work on Wall Street). We may want Warren, but the rest of America may never be ready.
(We'll take good care of her up in Massachusetts, I promise.)
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