NEW YORK, NY April 13, 2015— Without her husband Bill, or any other surrogates, by her side Hillary Clinton released a YouTube video on Sunday night announcing that she’s running for President, again. The video features a montage of women and other minorities taking bold new steps in their lives with Mrs. Clinton chiming in close to the end: “I’m getting ready to do something too, I running for president!”
But, does Hillary have an Elizabeth Warren problem on her hands? Both conservative Democrats and Moderate Republicans share one big thing in common: both want to keep US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) from running for the White House in 2016.
But why? Well, it’s simple. Sen. Warren is often touted as a presidential contender by the left’s progressive movement on Capitol Hill, despite consistently saying that she’s not running for President. The liberal wing of the Democratic party is mostly attracted by Warren’s tough stance on Wall Street and banking regulations. In contrast, I believe that a Warren presidential candidacy would negatively affect a Hillary Clinton party nomination, making it easier for any Republican hopeful to beat Warren in 2016.
In response to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s decision to make a presidential run, liberal groups like MoveOn.org have mobilized to push the first-term Massachusetts Senator to run as well. Left wing progressives dominate the leadership of the Democratic Party support Warren suggesting that she just might be their choice (over Hillary) to be the first woman in the White House.
However, if a Warren candidacy emerges, this means that former Secretary of State, New York Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton could once again face significant competition for her White House bid. Just imagine, it’s 2008 and Clinton was all but guaranteed the Democratic nomination, when suddenly a little-known Chicago senator came along and took the nomination and later the Presidency. Well, this could happen again, if the populace that once considered Hillary, decides it’s safe to go with a new contender — Warren— a genuinely progressive contender with more appeal to the left than Clinton.
Let’s face it, Hillary’s presidential ambition means a return to the Clinton years— full of scandal and failed social policy. Instead, Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy would be a dream come true for the many Democrats. Furthermore, the Boston Globe recently published an editorial urging the Senator to consider a White House bid, claiming that Democrats would me making a mistake to put their faith and full support behind Clinton.
Following Clinton’s recent email scandal, skeptics believe this could be a glimpse of what’s to come. Some say the scandal is causing supporters of Clinton’s 2008 Presidential bid to reconsider their options despite Clinton’s announcement. Washington has plenty of progressives that would love to see Warren’s policies have the power of the Executive Branch behind them.
The big question is: is the Wall Street wing of the Democratic party is slowly dying, could this mean that the ‘progressive wing’ is steadily rising? Are the Blue Dogs dead?
It was President Obama who helped bring Warren from academia into the national spotlight, with an attempt to have Warren serve in his administration. Sadly, as the President hoped to nominate Warren, her nomination quickly ended, after it became evident that Republicans would block her confirmation in the Senate. Warren later accused the White House of playing politics. Since then, Warren has taken the crusade against Wall Street, opposing the President’s Wall Street bailouts and legislation failing to regulate financial institutions and derivatives.
In 2013, Warren and JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon visited her Capitol Hill office, to discuss how Washington’s financial regulations indirectly affect millions of banking institutions. The meeting resulted in Dimon, having to pay over $20 billion in fines.
Now in 2015, banking conglomerates like JP Morgan Chase and others are re-considering whether to support or oppose financial support or oppose Warren, threatening to withhold additional financial support from her or her senate Democratic colleagues.
However, the last two presidential elections have proven that money doesn’t win elections, votes do. Just imagine if Wall Street’s backlash is all that’s needed to make Senator Warren even more of a rising star among progressives and a leading contender for the Presidency. All things considered Hillary’s announcement seems to be receiving mixed reviews and, so far, isn’t indicative of a strong or robust campaign, but only time will tell.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brandon Brice is a Senior Contributor at PolitiWeek® News Magazine. He began his political career as an intern on Capitol Hill in the Office of House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, while serving as a fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Brice moved on to a fellowship in the United Nations Department of Disarmament Affairs. Other professional positions include his work as an Associate at the National Urban League, Director of Education and African-American Affairs in the Office of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Director of Development for the Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia.
Mr. Brice’s media work includes an opinion column in The Washington Times, Communities Digital News. Brice is also a frequent guest on TV programs such as HuffPost LIVE, The Blaze, and many others. Brice attended Howard University for a Bachelors in Business and earned a Masters in International Affairs from Rutgers University, Eagleton Institute of Politics as well as additional graduate work at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs for a Master’s in Public Administration.
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