Warren: "There are issues I want to talk about that are more important than running." Guthrie: "So, you're saying you might run?"
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) March 31, 2015
The upscale hometown paper calls her “Senator Clickbait”, because “invoking Warren can work wonders” for online marketing. Professor Lessig and his sad Both Sides! PAC won’t shut up demanding she serve as the hobbyhorse for their feckless campaign. Even the usually-sensible Boston NPR station won’t take a hint — hell, a direct denial:
No one in politics today is hearing more calls from progressives to run than Elizabeth Warren, the popular and populist Massachusetts senator. Warren, though, denies any interest in the presidency and continued to do that Monday in an interview with Jeremy Hobson on WBUR’s Here & Now.
“I’m out here fighting this fight,” Warren said. “I’m fighting it every single day in the United States.”
Asked if she wants to run, Warren said bluntly, “I do not.”…
“What I care about is that everyone who runs for president, who runs for any national office right now, talks about this core set of issues about what kind of a country we are and what kind of a future we’re building. For me this is really personal.”
She also said she won’t challenge Chuck Schumer to be the Democrats’ top Senate leader and all but endorsed the New York Democrat, whom some on the left have accused of being too close to Wall Street…
So I guess we can’t expect better from the (Dis)Loyal Opposition, or the GOP’s enablers among the Media Village Idiots. Mr. Pierce, at Esquire:
It is an interesting place in which Senator Professor Warren finds herself these days. If it’s not progressive nuisances acting as though she’s running for president, even though she’s not, it’s Republicans virtually daring timid Democrats to align with her so that they can then be defined by Republicans as radical redistributionists or some such nonsense. Naturally, the elite political press is above all this petty foolishness and trickery. It simply casts the whole business into the basic paradigm of Both Sides Do It, and it finds a template that does not require the messy business of actual analysis.
This person is an idiot and should not be allowed to hold anyone’s money, including their own… Ted Cruz is an authentic extremist; his views on church-and-state are blatantly theocratic, and his notion of the federal union stopped evolving when the results came in from the presidential election of 1860. Elizabeth Warren’s primary mission during her time in the Senate is the re-establishment of an economic order with which most people were happy from 1945 until the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. There’s nothing radical about the Glass-Steagall Act. There’s nothing extreme about supporting both Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in their traditional forms…
In case you think this is overstated, I stole the video clip below from the paleoconservative Weekly Standard, which ran it under the title “Elizabeth Warren Gives Presidential Podium a Test Run“:
Warren on if she ever entertained a 2016 run: "No. What I am working on are the issues the people of Massachusetts sent me to work on."
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) March 31, 2015