Elizabeth Warren has said many times that she “is” not running for President.
Yet still the progressive movement doubts her, convinced that she is just waiting for the right moment.
Because in their heart of hearts, they believe that Warren would crush Hillary. I believe Hillary knows that too. And so does Elizabeth. The polls mean nothing now because Warren “is” not running.
Progressives want her so much, they have reached the point of Kremlinology when it comes to Warren:
During the Cold War, lack of reliable information about the country forced Western analysts to “read between the lines” and to use the tiniest tidbits, such as the removal of portraits, the rearranging of chairs, positions at the reviewing stand for parades in Red Square, the choice of capital or small initial letters in phrases such as “First Secretary”, the arrangement of articles on the pages of the party newspaper “Pravda” and other indirect signs to try to understand what was happening in internal Soviet politics.
A recent article in The Nation reflects this technique, Did Elizabeth Warren Just Change Her Tune on Running for President?:
Senator Elizabeth Warren gave an interview to People magazine for this week’s issue and was asked for roughly the thousandth time if she planned to run for president. But her answer to this query was different than all the others:
But is the freshman senator from Massachusetts herself on board with a run for the White House? Warren wrinkles her nose.
“I don’t think so,” she tells PEOPLE in an interview conducted at Warren’s Cambridge, Massachusetts, home for this week’s issue. “If there’s any lesson I’ve learned in the last five years, it’s don’t be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open.”
She just doesn’t see the door of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue being one of them. Not yet, anyway. “Right now,” Warren says, “I’m focused on figuring out what else I can do from this spot” in the U.S. Senate.
As a veteran Warren-watcher, I can say with certainty this is more ambiguous than she’s ever been on the subject. “I don’t think so,” “amazing doors that could open,” and “right now” are the traditional vernacular of a someone flirting with a campaign—-and someone who wants you to know it.
In the past, Warren has been much more unequivocal. (Examples: “I’m not running for president, and I plan to serve out my term,” and “I am not running for president. Do you want to put an exclamation point at the end of that?”)
Mother Jones, not to be outdone by its main progressive rival, alerted readers that Elizabeth Warren’s Latest Comment About Running For President Is the Most Cryptic Yet:
“Amazing doors”; “I don’t think”; “right now”—what does it all mean? Warren’s not really saying anything we haven’t heard from her before. But after then-Sen. Barack Obama’s furious denials about running for president eight years ago, no one’s ready to take “no” for an answer. At least not yet, anyway.
Salon.com gave its readers hope, Elizabeth Warren may have just opened the door to a White House run.
And hey, I’m not beyond urging them on, Watch Elizabeth Warren’s reaction when Bill Maher says she’ll make a terrific presidential candidate:
UPDATE, 10/23: Warren’s office responded to our query: “Nothing has changed,” said her press secretary Lacey Rose.
As for me, I’m keeping hope alive.
Elizabeth Warren doesn’t want to run, she wants to be forced by popular demand to run, just like the dance that took place prior to her running for Senate.
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