The media is drafting Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016

posted at 2:01 pm on July 21, 2014 by Noah Rothman

When asked just how vulnerable former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to a challenge from her left, the Acela Corridor’s political class is quick to note that 2016 is not 2008.

They observe that the factors which made Clinton vulnerable to a challenge from then Sen. Barack Obama in 2008 simply do not exist today.

For example, those grounded political reporters say, the former secretary is wildly popular among Democrats. They cite polling data which shows the former secretary leading her most likely challenger – the sitting Vice President of the United States – often by more than 30 points.

Finally, they note that Clinton’s major vulnerability in 2008, her 2002-2003 support for the Iraq War, is no longer a major concern within the Democratic Party’s left-wing. Her recent apology for her vote in favor of that operation, they say, has buried any hard feelings which might persist.

While the polls do not yet bear this assumption out, it is fair to say that most in the press believe that only individual who could mount a credible challenge to Clinton from her left is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The “reality-based community,” as it were, is however quick to note that even that scenario is highly unlikely.

This sentiment is best expressed by Slate’s Dave Weigel who recently performed an interview with the founder of campaign aimed at drafting Warren to run in 2016. He confessed that his questions for the founder of this group were “skeptical” in nature, which slightly undersold just how suspicious Weigel seemed to be of the effort to force the senior Massachusetts senator to run for the presidency.

While the political press is suspicious of the notion that Clinton is vulnerable to a challenge from Warren, a non-candidate who has said in no uncertain terms that she is not interested in mounting that challenge, the press is also not ignoring the obvious: the progressive wing of the party is not Ready for Hillary .

A CNN survey from June revealed that, while Clinton remains the favorite prospective 2016 candidate among Democrats, their enthusiasm for her candidacy is muted:

Forty-one percent of Democrats questioned said they’d be enthusiastic if Clinton wins the nomination, with 42% saying they’d be satisfied. One in 10 said they’d be dissatisfied, and 5% said they’d be upset.

The rest of the Beltway horserace watchers are also noticing that Warren commands a measure of enthusiasm on the left that Clinton never has.

CNN’s Peter Hamby presented five instructive reasons why Warren has the potential to upend conventional wisdom in 2016:

“The media has an interest in propping up a challenger to Hillary Clinton. The media loves a fight,” Hamby observed. “But so do Democrats.”

The CNN reporter noted that he often receives communications from Democratic political professional who say that a proper and competitive primary campaign in 2016 – a challenge which they do not believe Joe Biden will be able to give Clinton – will make the ultimate nominee a better candidate.

The liberal grassroots, meanwhile, which is unconcerned with the sharpness of the Democratic standard-bearer vis-à-vis the eventual Republican nominee, just wants to see that “change” they were promised in 2008.

“Their heads might be with Hillary Clinton, but their hearts are decidedly with Elizabeth Warren,” Politico’s Katie Glueck reported last week. She observed that Clinton avoided the annual progressive Netroots Nation conference – where Clinton was booed in 2007 – while Warren delivered a tour de force performance and was hailed by attendees as an Olympian figure.

In their eyes, Clinton and just about everyone else pales next to Warren, with her combative stance against big banks, passionate rhetoric about changing a “rigged” economic system and promises to fight for working people.

At that conference, Warren delivered unto the leftwing attendees the 11 commandments of progressivism – a moment which may come to be seen by posterity as the instant her campaign began.

“In her speech, Warren outlined more clearly than other Democrats the social issues that galvanize progressives,” National Journal’s Emma Roller submitted. “Her performance was reminiscent of a certain other young senator in 2008.”, the internet-based home of the left-of-center cable news network with one host that devoted significant airtime to urging Clinton not to run for the presidency and cede the nomination to Warren, posted a recent report detailing how that the Bay State’s great progressive hope is behaving like a politician interested in higher office.

“While Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic frontrunner for a 2016 presidential run, is getting panned for her sky-high speaking fees, the Massachusetts Senator is headlining town hall forums with one of the most highly-coveted voting blocs: Latinos,”’s Amanda Sakuma reported.

A former Obama campaign staffer has already launched Ready for Warren encouraging the freshman senator to run. The group even released an indie music video urging the Democrat to “Run Liz, Run.”

Conservatives are beginning to take note as well. Anti-Clinton groups are shifting gears to issue “Warren Warnings” to supporters with hopes to raise money against a potential candidacy.

Warren has been a major draw at Democratic fundraisers across the country, and her ability to provide candidates with financial support could easily translate into political support. The AP notes that Warren’s financial backing for Democratic candidates and campaign committees is winning her a lot of important friends.

“Part of this is for her to build her stature, but she is also a believer,” Princeton University political history professor Julian Zelizer told the Associated Press in June. “She could stumble but … she’s still new and she doesn’t have the baggage of someone like a Hillary Clinton.”

If she ran, FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten observed on Monday, Warren would be the most liberal Democratic presidential nominee since George McGovern received his party’s nod in 1972. But the long odds Warren would face in her quest for the White House are of little concern to the Democratic base, which is deeply frustrated with what they see as President Barack Obama’s fruitless centrism.

The liberal wing of the Democratic Party is itching for a real fight with Republicans, and they do not believe Clinton will give them one. The trouble is, as of today, the Democratic Party’s pragmatists do not believe anyone — Warren included — can mount a successful challenge to Clinton, let alone succeed Obama in the Oval Office.

With the blitz of stories about Warren’s capacity to mount that potent bid for the presidency, the political press is aiming to change that calculation for Democrats.

An earlier version of this post identified Warren as the junior senator from Massachusetts

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Limousine Lizzy…… fighting hard for the poor people….
Who could resist?

FlaMurph on July 21, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Another Liberal Nut Case running for President. It’s beyond belief that these people take up space and use valuable oxygen. Even more unbelievable is that other people believe what they say.

BetseyRoss on July 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Doesn’t anyone think having actually managed something beyond a political campaign is important?

KW64 on July 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

So the Dems and their media cheerleaders are going to push for a person who gives barnburner speeches…again?

onlineanalyst on July 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Doesn’t anyone think having actually managed something beyond a political campaign is important?

KW64 on July 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Not since 2008, because…Obama.

HiJack on July 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Remember the last time the media drafted the next savior of America? Oh yeah… that didn’t work out so well.

Wendya on July 21, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Seems to have worked okay for the left.

Tlaloc on July 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Herself and Chief Warren are the great white hopes for the Democratics. They will all be blown away by any black that enters the Dem primary.

After the most Precious, the black base has no interest in electing old white women that have led lives of white privilege.

It will get real interesting if there’s a credible black AND a latino running against each other in the primary.

Who will Barry endorse? Will that endorsement be a help or a black cloud over them?

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

How did this loser survive falsely claiming she was part Native American?

easyt65 on July 21, 2014 at 2:08 PM

The looney liberals in Mass are in complete denial. They say there’s no proof she lied.

SOURCE: I live in Mass a.k.a. Conservative hell.


pastselldate on July 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

BTW…. our local newspaper does not allow readers to comment negatively about granny Warren’s so called Indian folklore heritage. If we comment “Fauxahontas” or any other indian-type name, our comment is immediately deleted by the newspaper.

pastselldate on July 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Had to remove a few and clean some of them up:

Princess Indian Fraud
Hunts at Whole Foods
She Will Sioux
Lying Cow
White Woman
Dances Yor Way Out of This
Crazy White Cherokee
Stands with a Writ
Dines at Faculty Club
Woman Who Loves Dog Eater
Wounded Economy
Sitting Bullsh!t
Hiya Taxa
Dances Around Truth
One/Thirty-Second Squaw
Dancing Douche
Dances With Head Up Butt
Steaming Pile
Spitting Bull
Little Sparrow Spewing Stupid
Princess Holds Only One Stock (she claims she is not rich because her $15 mil is all in one stock IBM)
Loud babbling, shallow creek
Lying Paleface Stealing Eagle Feathers

Smells Like Old Fish (her maiden name is Herring)
Something Fishy

Hoarder of Feathers who hates Feather Hoarders
Dances with Occupiers
Lies for Many Moons
She No Drunk Kennedy
She Who Plagiarizes
Runs with Marxists
Bat from Moon
Face of Buffalo Butt
Broken Left Wing
Spinning Bull
Face like folded linen
Prairie Cracker
A Patchy Resume
Mock A Sin
Sham Pow Wow
Kissimee Ashh
Speaks Like Buffalo Fart
Squaw Needs a Clue
Blue Eye Lie
Dishonest Injun
Sqaw Leaves A Trail
Sleeps with Snakes

pastselldate on July 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

She’s got the Red and woman’s vote all tied up. She is one heckuva squaw

Brock Robamney on July 21, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Whoa, easy there, sparky with the “Red” comment. Not all of us who are of Native American ancestery have “red” skin – just Mohawks.

Cherokee on July 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I think Brock was alluding to the Commie “Red” side of her, not the Fauxcahontas “Red”.

I am also of Native ancestry, being part Cherokee, part Seminole. Arkansas Cherokee and Florida Seminole. My Indian comes out when I spend a lot of time in the sun and I darken up. For the longest time, my parents (Mom 1/2 Cherokee and Dad 1/2 Seminole) let me think Dad’s side was from the Mediterranean “Isle of Majorca”, but later on, as I aged and surfed the net, I saw pics of people from Majorca and they didn’t look like me. Then I looked at Grandpa on Mom’s side and went DAYUM!!! Slap a Head dress on him and some buckskins and you could drop him into any John Wayne movie.

So, with that little tidbit of my history laid out there, I ain’t the least bit bugged by “Redskins” or “Indian”.

I feel much better knowing that my ancestry on the white side actually did come over on the Mayflower or the Speedwell. Not sure which. And that the Indian Native in me was here to begin with.

What Brock said doesn’t offend me. what Fauxcahontas is REALLY offends me.

44Magnum on July 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Is anybody surprised?

Viator on July 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Run that pig, I double-dare ya.

SMACKRUNNER on July 21, 2014 at 7:06 PM

The same way Teddy Kennedy was able to win election after election following his atrocious behaviour that resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne: By being a Democrat.

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

And by living in Massachusetts.

Del Dolemonte on July 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Close. By running for office IN Massachusetts. Kennedy passed on two presidential election cycles after the Kopechne travesty, and then couldn’t successfully primary the hapless Jimmy Carter in 1980. Reagan carried Massachusetts in both the ’80 and ’84 elections.

Barnestormer on July 21, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Just think, the first woman American Indian president. What’s not to love? Free birth control and abortions for everyone!

fight like a girl on July 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Sarah Palin needs to run. She would wipe the floor with Lizzy. That’s a fight I would love to see.

fight like a girl on July 21, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I don’t believe Hillary is going to run and, if she does, she may lose the primaries. Will it be Elizabeth Warren? Only if the Democrats are hard up for a candidate because the reasons Hillary lost in 2008 are the reasons she will lose again. As much as people claim to like Hillary, they really like Bill and Hillary just happens to be around. I don’t believe Hillary is really that well liked.

My feelings, for what they’re worth, on Elizabeth Warren is she can’t possibly win a national election, especially replacing Barack Obama. We took the inexperienced candidate in 2008 and “re-elected” him in 2012. I don’t believe the public wants another inexperienced candidate and the Democrats can’t possibly steal the votes necessary to elect Elizabeth Warren. I just can’t believe the public would fall for electing the first woman President, after all the damage the first Black president has done.

bflat879 on July 21, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Could you see Warren debating Putin?
He would chew her up and spit her out!!

pastselldate on July 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Ugh! Bad medicine! Heap big trouble!

MaiDee on July 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Could you see Warren debating Putin?
He would chew her up and spit her out!!

pastselldate on July 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Yep; he knows the communist rulebook inside out, and she just dabbles in it.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM

But the long odds Warren would face in her quest for the White House are of little concern to the Democratic base, which is deeply frustrated with what they see as President Barack Obama’s fruitless centrism.

This is the insanity right here. Obama isn’t a centrist whatsoever. He is an out and out socialist. If he isn’t leftist enough for them, then they might as well move to North Korea or Cuba and be done with it.

Theophile on July 22, 2014 at 12:49 AM

44Magnum on July 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Ahhh, my bad then. Great story about your ancestry – very interesting.

My gandmother, (my mom’s mother), was full Cherokee from the Kansas area. Her ancestor’s were part of the Trail of Tears.

My father’s side were all German and French so those traits are more evident in my “coloring”. I have the high cheek bones and turned downed corners at my mouth that are of my Cherokee ancestry. Plus the Cherokee determination, if you know what I mean. I have to be careful with alcohol consumption as well.


Cherokee on July 22, 2014 at 7:46 AM

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