Elizabeth Warren on Hillary Clinton’s qualifications for 2016: No comment.

posted at 5:21 pm on August 20, 2014 by Noah Rothman

We are regularly told by our prognosticating betters that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might as well already be the Democratic Party’s 2016 nominee. She is inevitable; more inevitable, in fact, than the last time she was inevitable.

But there has been grumbling on the progressive left about Clinton for months. She is seen by many in the Democratic Party’s left-wing as too close to Wall Street, too hawkish on foreign affairs, and behind the eight ball on social issues like supporting same-sex marriage rights. Will they settle for Hillary? Sure. Are they enthusiastic about a second Clinton run at the White House? Not in the least.

A handful of third tier Democrats are already openly flirting with challenging Clinton from her left, most notably Vermont’s self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the progressive heart belongs to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

That is why this clip from the Boston-based Fox 25 News, via Joe Pounder and America Rising, is only going to give the progressive wing of Warren’s party what may turn out to be undue hope that she is reconsidering her decision not to make a run at the White House:

While not quite a vote of no confidence in Clinton, this certainly does not qualify as a rousing endorsement either.

Meanwhile, Warren is busily creating a lot of good will among her fellow Democratic colleagues in Congress. “Warren is filling a void left by the president’s low approval ratings and the dearth of other national Democratic leaders with an ability to motivate voters in tight races to turn out this fall,” the LA Times reported.

Warren, who defeated incumbent Scott Brown to win her Senate seat just two years ago, is emerging as the Democratic Party’s latest campaign trail superstar. She can rev up the progressive base in Democratic strongholds and appeal to voters in some unlikely places, including conservative states.

Thanks largely to her crusades against Wall Street profiteering and her plain-spoken style, Warren has become one of the most prolific fundraisers in the effort to help Democrats retain control of the Senate. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to win the majority.

So far in this election cycle, she has raised more than $3 million for fellow Democrats. Although that’s just a fraction of what top party leaders like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi haul in for congressional candidates, it’s impressive for a newcomer like Warren compared with other ascendant colleagues.

But many of those candidates Warren has raised money for have also been tapping into the Democratic Party’s networks with PACs, lobbyists, and high-dollar donors in the financial industry. As Hot Air’s Karl noted accurately, Warren cannot be considered a serious presidential contender until she starts raising funds for herself and proving that she can be a competitive fundraiser with both the grassroots and the high-dollar donor base. Until then, Warren should not be considered a likely 2016 candidate.

That having been said, she is no longer doing very much to tamp down speculation regarding her potential interest in Barack Obama’s job.

This post has been updated since its original publication.


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Another no-account whackjob is going to snatch the brass ring from Hillary once again.

CurtZHP on August 20, 2014 at 5:25 PM

A fake black guy. Why not a fake Indian? Yes, America is that stupid.

Rational Thought on August 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

War drums.

Bishop on August 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

guys we have to elect a woman this time to prove we are not a misogynistic nation, regardless of her lack of qualifications or experience.

TarasBulbous on August 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

If America elects this cretin, God help us all.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Law Squaw hunts the Hildabeast?

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Cat fight.

portlandon on August 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Smoke signals?

TarheelBen on August 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

A fake black guy. Why not a fake Indian? Yes, America is that stupid.

Rational Thought on August 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Only Mo Brooks has the guts to defend white people.

Mo Brooks 2016 – The Great White Hope

Ned Pepper on August 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

If America elects this cretin, God help us all.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Is it 2008 again?

Coulda *sworn* I heard that before…

BlaxPac on August 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

SHOCKING: 2016 DNC Convention footage

portlandon on August 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Maybe Warren and Clinton can settle this with a mud wrestling match.

Mark1971 on August 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

More GOP infighting. I like it.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 5:33 PM

The question everytime she appears should be:

Who was the person, the genuine minority member who was denied the position at Harvard in preference to you?

When are you going to address your continued dishonesty about your ancestory?

Wander on August 20, 2014 at 5:33 PM

2016 Democrat Nomination Hillary Vs Warren supporters

portlandon on August 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM

But the progressive heart belongs to Massachusetts (Injun) Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM

It’s all becoming clear to me now, you can be the biggest loser in the world with zero experience in finance or foreign affairs but if you can raise money for Democrats you are golden. Poor America.

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Many people have mistaken Warren for a clown, but that’s actually paint which signifies various things in the tribe.

The overlarge floppy moccasins and rainbow-hued braids I can’t explain, doesn’t make you people any less the homophobic racists though.

Bishop on August 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

If Barack Obama and Lena Dunham had a child, it would look just like Elizabeth Warren.

dforston on August 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The overlarge floppy moccasins and rainbow-hued braids I can’t explain, doesn’t make you people any less the homophobic racists though.

Bishop on August 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

But why do they call her Squatting Fish?

portlandon on August 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

More GOP infighting. I like it.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 5:33 PM

LOL, never gets old.

Maybe Ned will cut and paste some of Lizzies Indian recipes for us. It’s getting close to dinner time.

HumpBot Salvation on August 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM

The overlarge floppy moccasins and rainbow-hued braids I can’t explain, doesn’t make you people any less the homophobic racists though.

Bishop on August 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

But why do they call her Squatting Fish?

portlandon on August 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM

The smell?

dforston on August 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM

“She’s almost completely recovered from her stroke”

Thanks largely to her crusades against Wall Street profiteering and her plain-spoken style, Warren has become one of the most prolific fundraisers

Her only qualification.

BobMbx on August 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Nothing in the Hot Air article regarding her documented lies about her ancestry. A shill job.

rlwo2008 on August 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Maybe Ned will cut and paste some of Lizzies Indian recipes for us. It’s getting close to dinner time.

HumpBot Salvation on August 20, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Not one good thread
For Ned

today :)

Schadenfreude on August 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM

SCOTUS Puts Hold On Old Dominion Pretend Marriages (via Huffglue Post – no link)

crrr6 on August 20, 2014 at 5:40 PM

I love how the LA times conflates excels at fund raising with revving up the base.

In other word, Lying Sack-a-Ja-weeah is saying all the things that make our little progressive editorial hearts go pitter-pat, and our couldn’t-be-more-distant-from-middle-class-problems moneybags open our wallets.

So, this haggy ol’ blondie b!tch is going to excite and inflame the darker-hued masses to turn out in Keep Obama in Presdint Ya Know? numbers.

Okay.

Dolce Far Niente on August 20, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Both the Hillary and Warren factions have the same goals for the general election as Obama did six years ago — Play the race gender card and stir up the hype that the first African-American female president would have quasi-mystical powers to heal the nation, and would have Absolute Moral Authority so that anyone who disagrees with him her is a racist sexist-and-no-doubt-racist-as-well. The difference is of course they’ll be throwing the gender cards at each other in the primary, and more importantly, the ideological situation has changed.

Axelrod and Jarrett nurtured Obama through Illinois politics as a non-threatening cypher. They and other Democrats allowed Obama to vote ‘present’ on controversial issues, because they knew only a non-threatening personality with a non-leftist voting record could not just win the White House, but even have a chance to beat Hillary in the primary. Obama kinda, sorta ran to Hillary’s left in ’08, but Rielle Hunter’s boyfriend was really the one playing the progressive class warfare card during that primary season.

With Warren, the situation is different. She’s the champion of the people who think Obama has been too much of a moderate wimp while president — she’s not just running not as a cypher, but as an out-and-proud angry Kurgmanite, because both the Warren supporters and the Hillary backers think they’ve unlocked the key to winning the presidency in perpetuity, which is to nominate a new special interest group rep every eight years and bless them with god-like wisdom and foresight, while making the swing voters think electing them will make them special as well, by being part of history.

Obama hid his far left beliefs. Liz is going to trumpet them, and while Hillary will try and frame her campaign as being Bill’s third term, not Obama’s, Fauxahontas is going to run based on the idea she’ll be the progressive Obama should have been. That’s going to be a tough sell outside of the core base of Democratic Party True Believers.

jon1979 on August 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

The slogans write themselves:

Elizabeth Warren 2016: Because Obama was just too damn qualified

Chuck Schick on August 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

As someone who lives in the Peoples Republic, and has to watch this woman up close, she’s not nearly the superstah the media is portraying her to be. Yeah, she’s got a stump speech, but she’s clumsy on camera, defensive, and comes across as frankly stupid when she’s grilled with tough questions. As a campaigner, she’s barely mediocre – and is a paper tiger who will wilt overnight, the day she becomes an offical/serious candidate.

That said, it’s unfortunate that she may actually be given a soapbox, and will play the role of willing stooge who is so leftwing she makes Hillary appear ‘moderate’.

forheremenaremen on August 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Dreamcatchers Of My Father.

Bishop on August 20, 2014 at 5:49 PM

2016 Democrat Nomination Hillary Vs Warren supporters

portlandon on August 20, 2014 at 5:34 PM

That was crazy epic.

John the Libertarian on August 20, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Fauxahontas is going to run based on the idea she’ll be the progressive Obama should have been. That’s going to be a tough sell outside of the core base of Democratic Party True Believers.

jon1979 on August 20, 2014 at 5:42 PM

ate o say it but the idea of 2 frumpy mature women trying to pander to every group possible may be decent entertainment. Popcorn time for sure,

Those Hillary people who were angry over her being “cheated out of the nomination are not likely to warm up to another interloper – who knows whether they come over to our side.

Hard to imagine the flyover country pulling the lever for someone even more flaming Left wing than BO turned out to be. Once burnt – twice shy

katiejane on August 20, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Cruz vs. Warren 2016

bluegill on August 20, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife asks:

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Galtian on August 20, 2014 at 5:56 PM

But the progressive heart belongs to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Confession is good for the soul, Noah.

faraway on August 20, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Run, Lizzie, Run!!!

If she wins the Dem nomination, she probably won’t get a single electoral vote west of the Delaware and east of Lake Tahoe.

Something about these candidates from MassaTwo$hits: Dukakis, Kerry, Romney…they always LOSE!

Steve Z on August 20, 2014 at 5:56 PM

This post has been updated since its original publication.
-Noah Rothman

It would be nice if Noah Rothman specified what kinds of changes he made, as other writers here do.

If they were just grammatical corrections, then say it.

bluegill on August 20, 2014 at 5:57 PM

The funniest article I have ever read in years about Crimea

Yes it is off topic, but I laughed soooooooooo hard. Tears in eyes, ribs hurting, had to go pee laughter that I had to share this with people with sense of humor. The people of Russia are learning a hard lesson.

If you find this article as funny as I did, we are internet soul mate. :-)

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 6:04 PM

She came here to Kentucky to fund raise for Grimes. In the next poll Grimes lost 4 points, just sayin…..

Johnnyreb on August 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Jesus, I feel for whomever took that picture…The stench of Pi$$ and Vinegar must have been nearly fatal.

BigWyo on August 20, 2014 at 6:14 PM

“Warren is filling a void left by the president’s low approval ratings and the dearth of other national Democratic leaders with an ability to motivate voters in tight races to turn out this fall,”

Right, so fill a void with the same thing that created the void.

Morons.

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Fauxcahontas needs to watch her mouth.

Glass houses.

Stones.

Do the math.

Cat fight.

portlandon on August 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

You mean you really want to see them rolling on the floor, tearing each other’s clothes off until you see nothing but their nude bodies glistening with sweat?

Only Willie would buy tickets to that.

formwiz on August 20, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Elizabeth Warren on Hillary Clinton’s qualifications for 2016: No comment.

Wacky Left and Lefter!! Let ‘em fight it out to see which is which, and who is the phonier phony!!

And since when are “qualifications” necessary for a Democrat nominee?

landlines on August 20, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Elizabeth Warren: For when a fat old white woman that’s led a life of white privilege just isn’t enough.

slickwillie2001 on August 20, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Will they settle for Hillary? Sure. Are they enthusiastic about a second Clinton run at the White House? Not in the least.

Why settle for one fake when you can have another one and get a “two-fer” at the same time.

First FEMALE president.
First Native American president.

For low IQ, low info voters, what could be better.

It LOOKS GREAT! And what has demonstrated PAST competence got to do with anything. Why just look at the GREAT JOB King Barack is doing!

GarandFan on August 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

People are being taken in by the Kabuki theater. Shrillary and Fauxcahontas have already agreed to share the ticket. Hillary won’t let this nomination be stolen from her. Who else is she gonna pick? Cuomo? No way. Warren brings back her cred with the left. Look for Clinton Warren 2016 bumper stickers soon.

sleepyhead on August 20, 2014 at 8:09 PM

The old Hillbilly witch versus the new Squaw Witch.

2016 here we come.

PappyD61 on August 20, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Cankles versus the Cherokee Princess.

The Bimbo Eruption Coordinator versus the Wilsonian Marxist Baby killer

2016 here we come may the best Abortion supporter win.

PappyD61 on August 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

This is not what I had in mind when I ordered up some girl-on-girl action.

Selkirk on August 20, 2014 at 9:51 PM

This is good. Let the unelectables squabble. While the left and the country-club democrats screech at each other, Main Street will prefer some minimal level of competence – but it will be too late for Democrats, who have been so in love with stupid for so long.

virgo on August 21, 2014 at 1:31 AM

I’ve said it for months now. Hillary is not going to be the Democrats’ nominee. Liz Warren is. And Republicans should be scared. She’s got that class warfare demagoguery shtick that wins elections these days down-pat.

Facts, logic, the condition of the economy, lies and broken promises — none of that mattered in 2012. Why does one suspect it will in 2016?

FishingwFredo on August 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM