Elizabeth Warren and 2016

Per The Huffington Post:

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) discussed her relationship with President Barack Obama in an interview Monday with HuffPost Live, faulting his administration for being too close to big banks, but praising his support for Warren’s brainchild, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“I’ve made no secret about my disagreements with the administration’s policies, particularly as they relate to the largest financial institutions,” Warren told HuffPost Live. “Like I say in the book, the president chose his economic team, and when there was only so much time and so much money to go around, his economic team chose Wall Street instead of American families who were in trouble.”

I’m no fan of Warren, but I do dream of an ideal 2016 scenario where she and Ted Cruz are the candidates for president. Not that I want either of them to be president, it’s just that you have the purest populist ideologies of each side going head-to-head in a battle of Good and Evil. Or something. But, I have veered off track.

Here’s the thing about Elizabeth Warren: She says she doesn’t want to run, but she makes obvious moves that indicate she will run. Almost too obvious. I don’t know if she will or not, but if she’s smart, she won’t run in 2016, and instead push Hillary further to the Left on the issues. In turn, she would slowly begin building herself toward one of two ends. The first is a presidential run in 2020, which as Ace of Spades’ John Ekdahl pointed out, would have her running at around 74 years old. The second end would be her positioning herself (to me, a more likely scenario) to be the Jim DeMint of the Left.

DeMint paved the way for Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and other conservative freshmen in a big Republican wave in 2010. The ideological extremes in those three have since pushed the more moderate of the Republican Party to choose sides – theirs or the Establishment GOP in D.C.

In a much similar way, the freshman Warren could pull off the same feat. She could be the sounding board for the Populist Left. She will become the litmus test that will overtake the charisma of Nancy Pelosi and the firm-handed leadership of Harry Reid (say what you want about those two, but they are certainly in control of their party). To usurp them and the big interests they, like Wall Street Republicans, represent, Warren would be in a perfect position to take liberalism to its logical end.

Elizabeth Warren is everything in practice Barack Obama said he was in theory. She has defined the modern, female progressivism that feminists yearned for, but with a cooler head than the feminist movement has put forward. To have one practicing the faith becoming more and more well-known in D.C. will be an interesting thing to see.

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