Once the dust has settled with the $1.1 trillion Crominbus spending bill it will be clear that Elizabeth Warren is running for President in 2016.
Let’s face it. If you’re a Democrat, especially if you’re a liberal Democrat, a so-called progressive or a plain dyed-in-the-wool socialist, 2014 has been a terrible year. The thrill is gone with President Obama. Obamacare has proven to be such an albatross that no self-respecting Democrat wants to acknowledge they ever voted for the man.
But with Warren’s performance during the Crominbus debate, 2014 ends with light at the end of the tunnel. The Left has found its faith again and with it its new Anointed One. With her anti-Wall Street rhetoric, Warren managed the extraordinary feat of simultaneously distancing herself from both President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Why wouldn’t Warren run for the White House?
Of course, Hillary is the elephant in the room. Or should I say donkey?
So Hillary is in the room, but after all these years it isn’t clear that she knows how to work one. She has been silent on the Crominbus bill thus far and at this stage anything she might have to say now would smack of opportunism and have little impact among Democrats. Sure, Hillary wants to be President more than life itself and wants to be the first woman to hold that office, but it is Warren who is roaring.
If it comes down to it, should Hillary win the Democratic Party’s nomination, her fellow Democrats will vote for her because they have to vote for her. But if Elizabeth Warren runs and win the Democratic Party’s nomination, her fellow Democrats will vote for her because they want to vote for her. I mean, there are Democrats who will break out into song for her. Run Liz run, indeed. I know Hillary’s got her song, but I didn’t see any Democrats in that video standing with Hillary. Hillary might have gone country, but the country isn’t going with Hillary. These days, Democrats are no more in the mood to stand with Hillary than they are to stand with Obama. Try as she might, given her four years as Secretary of State, Hillary simply cannot distance herself from Obama the way Warren can.
While Warren and Obama might find themselves on opposite sides where it concerns the Crominbus bill and Obama’s appointment of Antonio Weiss as Undersecretary for Domestic Finance in the Treasury Department; nobody should be fooled. The two are peas in the same ideological pod. After all, Warren was Obama’s special assistant in establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010 and 2011. Remember when Obama declared, “You didn’t build that” during the 2012 presidential campaign? A year earlier, Warren stated in remarks widely circulated online, “There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody.”
The same could be said for Warren. Like Obama, Warren rails against Wall Street yet enthusiastically accepts its campaign donations. Warren’s populism is as phony as one of Obama’s composite characters in Dreams From My Father. Her anti-Wall Street claims are as phony as her claims of Native American heritage. But if the “Fauxachantas” episode didn’t stop Massachusetts voters from electing her to the Senate, who can say her faux-populism will stop American voters from electing her to the White House?
Republicans have a lot more to fear from Elizabeth Warren than Hillary Clinton. The enthusiasm she generates among Democrats is backed up by a strong organization. If that organization can get out the vote the way it did when she unseated Scott Brown in 2012, then it could mean four more years of Democrat control of the White House. Warren might even pick up a few protest votes from Tea Party activists should Republicans nominate someone like Jeb Bush or Chris Christie, or take another chance with Mitt Romney.
Sadly, those protest votes would be in vain because if Warren does get elected, she will pick up right where Obama left off, leaving us with less liberty and more state control. A Warren presidency would be Pete Townshend’s worst nightmare and ours. Meet the new boss, same as old the boss, and once more we are fooled again.
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