President Obama’s nomination of former Ohio AG Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau raises the question of what will become of Elizabeth Warren, who had played a leading role in designing the CFPB.
A number of commentators are suggesting that she will challenge Scott Brown for the Senate in Massachusetts, as Democrats have few other strong candidates. But setting aside the fact that Brown remains popular in Massachusetts, it’s an open question whether Warren would be a good campaigner. She’s widely regarded as a “progressive hero,” but mostly because she, perhaps by default, has been the standard-bearer for the anti-bank sentiment of the left wing. In a presidential election year, though, a Senate race won’t be decided by the frustrations of the netroots on one issue.
Could Warren appeal to Massachusetts voters on a wide range of issues? The early indications are that she wouldn’t be much more convincing than Martha Coakley was:
Even in her role as would-be super-regulator, though, Warren has not shown a winning politician’s ability to think on her feet: