First, Elizabeth Warren says, without any ambiguity, that she is not running for President. That’s O.K. There’s still lots of time for her to change her mind, for the moment it’s good for her to concentrate on doing her job in the Senate, the election is still over two years away, and there’s nobody, on either side, who has definitely said they are running.
Still, we can make some good guesses. Hillary is running. Maybe Joe Biden. They’re both a little on the old side, but there’s no law against that. There are 5 or 6 other Democrats who may jump in if they think they’ve got a shot. On the Republican side, Rand Paul will run, Marco Rubio will run, and Rick Santorum will probably run, giving us all another chance to laugh at him. Ted Cruz wants to run, but there’s a serious question about his eligibility and I’m pretty sure the answer is no. He was born in Canada, to Canadian parents, which puts him in exactly the same boat as Arnold Schwarzenegger.
So, the Republicans are in for another joke of a primary season and whoever gets the Democratic nomination will win the presidency. Which makes that Democratic nomination a really important goal. Here are a few of the reasons I think Elizabeth Warren is the best choice.
She has just written a book, called “A Fighting Chance.” Writing a book, of course, is what originally brought public attention to Barack Obama, so maybe writing a book is the new prerequisite for the presidency. I’m O.K. with that. If you expect to manage the most powerful country in the world, you should be able to write a lousy book. Hillary Clinton, of course, wrote a book, too. But “A Fighting Chance” is a much better title than “It Takes a Village.”
Warren would satisfy two key groups within the Democratic Party. Women who just want Hillary because she is a woman (which is a big part of Hillary’s base), would be able to rally around Liz Warren. She is, in fact, a woman. Also, Warren would appeal to people like me, who think that Democrats should stop being fucking wimps and start being Democrats. A bit less like Obama and Bill Clinton and a bit more like FDR.
Republicans are geared up to fight against Hillary, to wage a nasty, personal campaign and a Warren candidacy would leave them with nothing except “She’s really, really liberal” which they were going to say about any Democratic candidate anyway.
So, ignoring for the moment that there is a crucial congressional election happening this November and that a million things can change between now and 2016, I am going on the record now: Warren should run. She would win.