I hope Elizabeth Warren runs for President

I admire Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and hope that she runs for President in 2016.  She is one of the few people in Washington who is willing to stand up to Wall Street and defend the American middle class.

After my disappointment with Barack Obama after 2008, I thought I might never again vote for a Democrat or, for that matter, a Republican for national office.  But I might be tempted to vote for Elizabeth Warren.

Right now Warren says that she does not intend to run for President, and she supports Hillary Clinton, the apparent front-runner.  Clinton has the advantage in name recognition, in support from the Democratic Party establishment, and in fund-raising, much of it from Wall Street financiers such as Goldman Sachs that Elizabeth Warren wants to bring to account.

But Peter Beinart Noam Schieber, writing in the New Republic, thinks that Warren may run anyway, even if she doesn’t have a realistic chance, just to advocate for financial reform.

He pointed out that she wouldn’t have run for the Senate from Massachusetts if the Obama administration had been serious about giving the new Consumer Financial Protection Board the power to prevent financial fraud, she wouldn’t have run for office in the first place.  It is possible to care more about the issues than your personal ambition.

All the articles I read about Elizabeth Warren describe her as the candidate of the “left”.  For one thing, she was a Republican for most of her life.  For another, the policies she advocates do not entail any radical change in our institutions.  Then again, to unlock the political system so that these policies could be enacted would entail a big change in the political balance of power.

It seems to me that if you ask the average Republican, even the average Tea Party Republican, where they stand on bailing out the “too big to fail” banks, or breaking them up, or declining to prosecute the “too big for trial” financiers, their answers wouldn’t be all that different from what Elizabeth Warren is saying.

My main question about Elizabeth Warren is whether she is a one-issue candidate.  I’m not sure what she thinks or how strongly she feels about undeclared wars, warrant-less surveillance, preventive detention, targeted killing and the futile so-called war on drugs.   Even so, I perfer her to Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie or any of the other potential candidates currently in the news.

LINKS

Elizabeth Warren Is Hillary Clinton’s Nightmare by Peter Beinart Noam Schieber of the New Republic.  One of the striking thing about this article is Beinart’s Schieber’s casual references to dirty political tactics used by the Clintons in the past.

‘Democratic wing’ of the Democratic Party wakes up by Katrina vanden Heuvel for the Washington Post.

Wall Street’s Nightmare: President Elizabeth Warren by Ben White and Maggie Haberman for Politico.

Hillary vs. Elizabeth Warren: the Media’s Latest Campaign-Trail Godzilla Movie by Matt Taibbi for Rolling Stone.  Taibbi points out the press coverage of Warren shows how any serious reformer is disparaged by the Washington press corps as an unserious “populist”.

Elizabeth Warren: ‘Too Big to Fail’ Is Worse Than Before the Financial Crisis by Luke Johnson for the Huffington Post.

Elizabeth Warren Slams Regulators for Keeping Banks “Too Big to Fail” by Patrick Caldwell for Mother Jones.

Elizabeth Warren on the issues.  This is part of a non-partisan Internet site that provides information on the voting record and public statements all national elected officials.

The Dynastic Hillary Bandwagon by Ralph Nader for Counterpunch [added 11/14/13].  A good illustration of why so many Democrats are unhappy with their current leadership.

Obama’s record-breaking effort to tap wealthy donors for cash by Dan Roberts and Kenneth Powell for The Guardian.   Another good illustration.

But Where Will Millennials Turn Politically If Everyone Lets Them Down? on No More Mister Nice Blog.

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6 Responses to “I hope Elizabeth Warren runs for President”

  1. EthnicKonflict Says:

    I admire her, too.

    First Native American president!

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  2. philebersole Says:

    I don’t care about Elizabeth Warren’s apparently sincere but baseless claim to have a Cherokee ancestor. I’m more concerned about where she stands on health care reform and foreign policy.

    http://vastleft.blogspot.com/2012/07/elizabeth-warren-opposes-single-payer.html

    http://vastleft.blogspot.com/2012/04/chance-meeting-with-ma-senate-candidate.html

    http://www.correntewire.com/im_already_bored_of_the_elizabeth_warren_boomlet#more

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  3. Bob O Says:

    I greatly admire your thoughts on this blog, Mr. Ebersole.

    Yes, this administration has been disappointing in varied aspects, but I’ll continue to lean left in future elections whether or not the Democratic Party does. Sen. Warren has a chance, should she want to take it, to influence the discourse in the run-up to 2016 but I don’t see how she could win. She’s correct, of course.

    As for this administration, consider the choices available in ’08 and in ’12. There is no viable third party, only millions of discontent and increasingly disconnected voters.

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  4. Notes To Ponder Says:

    All I can say is good luck America – my fingers are crossed for you 🙂

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  5. Miep von Sydow Says:

    Reblogged this on I hope to be remembered for my atrocities!.

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  6. philebersole Says:

    Before getting carried away, I need to remind myself that Elizabeth Warren signed a letter urging Hillary Clinton to run for President and has not given any indication that she herself is interesting in being a candidate.

    http://www.salon.com/2013/11/14/horrible_pundits_make_things_up_there_is_no_warren_clinton_campaign/

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115608/elizabeth-warren-can-scare-hillary-clinton-2016-primaries

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