A few days ago, Huffington Post reported that Hillary Clinton was on the unofficial campaign trial and in her speeches she was sounding more and more like Massachusetts Democratic Senator, Elizabeth Warren.
Today, CNN is reporting that Veep Joe Biden gave a speech on Friday in South Carolina where he was channeling the words and themes of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
When you think of it, the two announced "unannounced" Democratic candidates for the highest office in America are Clinton and Biden. Yet where are they getting their talking points? Hmm, Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Why not cut out the middle man, or woman?
Think about it. Who really is the voice of the Democratic party for 2016? It could be Clinton or Biden. But are they really just Charlie McCarthys and EW is Edgar Bergen? More and more it's becoming quite clear that the Clinton baggage of the trumped up Benghazi campaign are meant to embarrass her and turn off voters over a Hillary C run in 2016.
And let's face it. Much of her allure is not strictly her experience. Forget being First Lady. It's a ceremonial position. If it wasn't, it would be an elected or appointed position. Her years of being a Senator and being Secretary of State are very important, valuable experience. So she's got that hands down. But she comes, sadly with a lot of baggage. And now the upcoming Benghazi hearings will tarnish her very stellar reputation more -- even if everything she did was by the book, according to Hoyle.
What really sets her aside from all of the potential Republicans running for the top office is that she herself is a woman. Go poo-poo that all you want, but it's true. And if you are honest with yourself and realize that, consider this-- so is Elizabeth Warren. No one, not even Clinton, knows more about big business, Wall Street and all of the consumer rip-offs that the public faces daily. No one. Clinton's not even on the same page. She's too often rubbing shoulders with big money. She's, as they say, "beholden.'"
That puts a bit more focus on Joe Biden should Hillary falter. And let's face it. Joe's more often the punch line to a joke than a serious contender to lead this country. He's a good man, but we need a great leader. And Joe's two specialties before he was elected Veep were putting his foot in his mouth and foreign relations. Right now, even with Syria, Russia, Ukraine, Iran and other hotbed spots around the world, the US citizenry is more interested in what's happening here with our economy - jobs, minimum wage, income inequality, unemployment benefits, and equal pay.
Where else should we be looking if those are the biggest issues? There's really only one answer. And she's available -- just not pushing. Even when asked point blank, she's got the standard answer down -- she's not looking for the Presidency but rather what she can do as a senator.
Why settle for second best, Clinton and Biden? Why not go to the horse's mouth -- Warren. Both Clinton and Biden are trying to channel her and her thoughts. Why not just get the real thing, the real McCoy? Perhaps it's time for a few more Democrats to start thinking about a draft Warren movement while there's still time. We could do a lot worse and I'm not sure Clinton or Biden would be any better for America, nor any more electable.
The Hill has a post about Senator Elizabeth Warren's "growing clout" that should make many a Progressive smile and nod. It may even send a thrill up some Democratic legs. Clout coming from the left can do that.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has emerged as one of the top fundraisers for Senate Democratic candidates in the midterm election campaign, filling a void left by the absence of Hillary Clinton.
Warren, who was elected to her first term in 2012, has already raised more than $2.3 million for Senate Democratic candidates this election cycle, according to her staff. She has also transferred $100,000 from her campaign account to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
“She’s the biggest draw so far,” said a Senate Democratic campaign aide, referring to Warren’s knack for getting donors to open up their checkbooks.
Lets hope a few of the donors she appeals to have checkbooks the size of the Koch brothers'.
The article goes on about how, when it comes to fundraising, Hillary Clinton is "staying on the sidelines" these days, but Senator Clout is stepping up in a big way, which only "accentuates her influence." This is great news, because Dems badly need to keep the majority in the Senate, and that is exactly what Senator Warren aims to do.
Pretty impressive for a freshman, says The Hill. Even more impressive is her appeal to women voters, who overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.
But this was my favorite sentence in the entire piece:
Democratic strategists and political experts say Warren’s growing clout could shift the caucus to the left, especially on economic and financial regulatory issues.
We need 100 more Elizabeth Warrens.
Senator Elizabeth Warren was in Minnesota last weekend to support Senator Al Franken. She gave a speech at the 2014 Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, and what a speech it was! Below is a video of some excerpts.
It was her first time speaking at a major Democratic Party state dinner, and she proceeded to make mince meat out of Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, the Tea Party and the national GOP.
Elizabeth Warren takes on Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz at the 2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, her first state Democratic Party dinner.
They voted to repeal Obamacare forty-seven times! Forty-seven times?! I know the Republicans don't have a lot of other ideas to talk about, but wow! Forty-seven times?!?
We get it, guys, you like to repeal things. We got it forty-six votes ago.
This whole thing is mindless. Cruz said there's no point in even looking at a major new proposal or piece of legislation that has been put forward by Democrats. So if a proposal has President Obama's name on it, or Chris Dodd or Barney Frank's name on it, he votes "no." If the proposal actually gets passed into law, Cruz will be there to lead the tea party chant: "Repeal. Repeal. Repeal. Repeal."
I sometimes think that if Ted Cruz had been around for the Declaration of Independence, he would have tried to repeal it, because Jefferson was a Democrat. If he'd been around for the Federalist Papers, he would have tried to toss those out too, because Madison spent too much time talking to Jefferson. And don't even get Ted Cruz started on the Humphrey-Mondale Dinner. As we speak, he's off somewhere strategizing on how to repeal the salad course!
Maybe if Paul Ryan wants to instill a culture of hard work, he should start with Ted Cruz and his fellow Republicans and get them to actually look at our proposals. Who knows? Maybe if they weren't determined to say, "No, no, no," we could build a bridge... and I mean that literally. Maybe we could build some of the things we need to build in this country.
Senator Elizabeth Warren is worried about our very corporate Supreme Court. She's worried that they will rule in favor of Hobby Lobby, just as they decided in favor of Citizens United. And that decision has been a disaster.
To quote one of my favorite analysts, Dahlia Lithwick at Slate, SCOTUS will rule on "whether the religious rights of a for-profit corporate entity allow it to refuse to provide for employees insurance that would include certain forms of birth control. In so doing, the court may now be forced to reckon with the question of whether the same corporate personhood that includes the right to free speech also encompasses rights to religious conscience. In other words, Corporate Personhood is back! And this time, it’s got God on its side."
Case by case, this Supreme Court is, indeed, out to legalize corporate personhood. Conservative extremists have spent decades shaking their political pom poms to cheer zygote personhood. What next, hypocrisy personhood? But when it comes to actual people personhood, American citizen personhood, voting rights personhood, women's and gay rights personhood, they scurry off to Faux ChristianLand where Fox News [sic] feeds them their next "my belief system trumps reality" talking points.
And now these same zealots are (incredibly) being given credibility by the highest court in the U.S.A.
The following email from Senator Warren landed in my inbox today. As is made painfully obvious by K.C. Boyd's weekly "Upchucks" guest posts here at TPC, the separation of church and state is narrowing daily. This growing trend is serious and is endangering our dwindling democracy. We need to organize our voices and protest immediately, loudly, clearly, and constantly.
Bolding is mine:
Hobby Lobby doesn't want to cover its employees' birth control on company insurance plans. In fact, they're so outraged about women having access to birth control that they've taken the issue all the way to the Supreme Court.
I cannot believe that we live in a world where we would even consider letting some big corporation deny the women who work for it access to the basic medical tests, treatments or prescriptions that they need based on vague moral objections.
But here's the scary thing: With the judges we've got on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby might actually win.
The current Supreme Court has headed in a very scary direction.
Recently, three well-respected legal scholars examined almost 20,000 Supreme Court cases from the last 65 years. They found that the five conservative justices currently sitting on the Supreme Court are in the top 10 most pro-corporate justices in more than half a century.
And Justices Samuel Alito and John Roberts? They were number one and number two.
Take a look at the win rate of the national Chamber of Commerce cases before the Supreme Court. According to the Constitutional Accountability Center, the Chamber was winning 43% of the cases in participated in during the later years of the Burger Court, but that shifted to a 56% win-rate under the Rehnquist Court, and then a 70% win-rate with the Roberts Court.
Follow these pro-corporate trends to their logical conclusion, and pretty soon you'll have a Supreme Court that is a wholly owned subsidiary of big business.
Birth control is at risk in today's case, but we also need to worry about a lot more.
In Citizens United, the Supreme Court unleashed a wave of corporate spending to game the political system and drown the voices of middle class families.
And right now, the Supreme Court is considering McCutcheon v. FEC, a case that could mean the end of campaign contribution limits – allowing the big guys to buy even more influence in Washington.
Republicans may prefer a rigged court that gives their corporate friends and their armies of lawyers and lobbyists every advantage. But that's not the job of judges. Judges don't sit on the bench to hand out favors to their political friends.
On days like today, it matters who is sitting on the Supreme Court. It matters that we have a President who appoints fair and impartial judges to our courts, and it matters that we have a Senate who approves them.
We're in this fight because we believe that we don't run this country for corporations – we run it for people.
Thank you for being a part of this,
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