Will Elizabeth Warren push Hillary off the wall?
If Hillary Clinton runs for President, she’s still the odds-on favorite because she has the Democratic machine behind her.
The conventional wisdom is that the nomination is Hillary’s to lose. If Hillary’s disastrous book rollout and tone-deafness about her wealth are any indication, Hillary might just accomplish the unthinkable of imploding a second time as presumptive nominee.
Hillary’s worst enemy is Hillary. There’s only so long you can pretend to be something you are not.
Enter Elizabeth Warren.
We have been arguing for years that Warren is a unique political talent, someone who can demagogue the national victim narrative better than anyone in recent memory.
Do not underestimate the power of a politician whose entire reason to be is to convince people that the problems in their lives are not of their own doing, but of a rigged system in which they are abused by powerful, if unseen, forces.
Put aside all the hypocrisy’s of Warren’s own life. There are many people willing to overlook how Warren tried to rig the system to her own advantage if that is what is needed to believe in their own victimhood.
In a nation suffering from an unending decline in workforce participation rates, in which every month hundreds of thousands of people give up hope of finding a job and drop out, blaming a rigged system is a powerful message.
Jonah Goldberg calls Warren The Obama of 2016:
Paging Elizabeth Warren: This is your moment….
Senator Warren owes her left-wing hero status to the Democratic version of this kind of populism. She’s been talking for years about how the well-connected “rig the system” for their own benefit. Now, I find many of Warren’s proposed solutions — more regulation, more taxes, more government, etc. — abhorrent. But, believe it or not, I am not a Democratic-primary voter. Those who are love what Warren is selling.
Which is why Warren is perfectly poised to be the Obama of 2016. And the role of Hillary Clinton will be played by Hillary Clinton.
Warren would be able to defuse Clinton’s greatest asset (her gender) and exploit Clinton’s greatest liability (her wealth and how she came by it) while in the process generating huge excitement from the status quo–weary grassroots.
Even The Fix at The Washington Post is pushing the improbable meme that Warren has cross-over appeal, Elizabeth Warren says the U.S. economy is rigged. Many conservatives agree:
Although Warren seems an outlier in the legislative branch for her fiery discontent with inequality — and the role she says Wall Street plays in exacerbating it — the Pew survey suggests that the vast majority of Americans are at least open to her underlying premise.
Warren’s demand to leave her opponents’ blood and teeth on the floor is just the type of fiery rhetoric that would spark a fire in the Democratic base — the same base that embraced Occupy Wall Street, of which Warren claimed to lay the intellectual foundation.
Let’s revisit the premise that the race is Hillary’s to lose. In reality, maybe it’s Elizabeth Warren’s to lose.
I stand by my prediction that Elizabeth Warren would crush Hillary, and they both know it.
Hillary Clinton is Humpty Dumpty. The question is, will Elizabeth Warren push Hillary off the wall.
(Featured Image: Hillary Clinton concession speech 2008)