Last month, New York magazine put a jogging Elizabeth Warren on its cover, with the headline “Front Runner?” blared across her middle.
They weren’t talking about her Senate race.
With Donald Trump continuing to dominate attention spans across the country, Democrats, political reporters, and even Trump himself seem uniquely unable to hold off on 2020 speculation. The midterms are still three months away, but Democrats — who lack a clear leader after their rout in 2016 — are desperate to rally around someone who can defeat the president the next time around. Warren sates that appetite with her nationally known profile, devout liberal following, and strong presence near the top of some key polls — even though she claims not to be running.