I think I heard that Hillary Clinton has been collecting payments from Wall Street bankers for speeches. Meanwhile, some are asking if we are "Ready for Hillary?" Given the mood of the electorate, the answer may be "no," especially if Elizabeth Warren decides to run.
Here's how Noam Scheiber sees it in a recent article published by New Republic: "Hillary's Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren."
Regarding the inevitability of Clinton's candidacy:
Yet for all the astrophysical force of these developments, anyone who lived through 2008 knows that inevitable candidates have a way of becoming distinctly evitable. With the Clintons’ penchant for melodrama and their checkered cast of hangers-on—one shudders to consider the embarrassments that will attend the Terry McAuliffe administration in Virginia—Clinton-era nostalgia is always a news cycle away from curdling into Clinton fatigue. Sometimes, all it takes is a single issue and a fresh face to bring the bad memories flooding back.And regarding the mood of the Democratic voters:
On one side is a majority of Democratic voters, who are angrier, more disaffected, and altogether more populist than they’ve been in years. They are more attuned to income inequality than before the Obama presidency and more supportive of Social Security and Medicare. They’ve grown fonder of regulation and more skeptical of big business. A recent Pew poll showed that voters under 30—who skew overwhelmingly Democratic—view socialism more favorably than capitalism. Above all, Democrats are increasingly hostile to Wall Street and believe the government should rein it in.Given this moment in history, I just can't see Elizabeth Warren sitting this one out, especially given her well-known sense of duty, of fairness, and of fearlessness. Oh, and her prodigious ability to raise money from average folks.
On the other side is a group of Democratic elites associated with the Clinton era who, though they may have moved somewhat leftward in response to the recession—happily supporting economic stimulus and generous unemployment benefits—still fundamentally believe the economy functions best with a large, powerful, highly complex financial sector. Many members of this group have either made or raised enormous amounts of cash on Wall Street. They were deeply influential in limiting the reach of Dodd-Frank, the financial reform measure Obama signed in July of 2010.
Politico picked up on the buzz created by the New Republic's article: "Wall Street’s nightmare: President Elizabeth Warren"
There are three words that strike terror in the hearts of Wall Street bankers and corporate executives across the land: President Elizabeth Warren.And even kos made it into the Politico article...
The anxiety over Warren grew Monday after a magazine report suggested the bank-bashing Democratic senator from Massachusetts could mount a presidential bid in 2016 and would not necessarily defer to Hillary Clinton — who is viewed as far more business-friendly — for the party’s nomination.
And the fear is not only that Warren, who channels an increasingly popular strain of Occupy Wall Street-style anti-corporatism, might win. That is viewed by many political analysts as a slim possibility. It is also that a Warren candidacy, and even the threat of one, would push Clinton to the left in the primaries and revive arguments about breaking up the nation’s largest banks, raising taxes on the wealthy and otherwise stoking populist anger that is likely to also play a big role in the Republican primaries.
“What do you mean, ‘if she doesn’t run’? She’s not running,” said Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, when asked who could fill the Warren space if she herself doesn’t. “If Hillary runs, she’s the nominee. We barely got Warren to run for Senate. Running for president is an even crazier endeavor.”The emphasis is mine
I happen to think that political dynasties are not good for Democracy, and again, given this moment in history, I'd like to think that Elizabeth Warren will not only run, but could actually become our next president!
Here's a taste of why the Wall Street criminal racketeering cartel is so afraid...
UPDATE: TUE NOV 12, 2013 AT 09:20 AM PST
A while back I set up this website to add to the growing chorus of voices clamoring for Elizabeth Warren to run for the presidency of the United States: WARRENFORPRESIDENT.NET. Check it out and vote on the online poll. I'll be adding more content as time allows. If anybody wants to help me populate the site, contact me at email@example.com.