“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.”Trust me with this. Elizabeth Warren isn't running. She wasn't an eager Senate candidate. It took lots of cajoling and begging to get her to make that race. And if you're hesitant to mount a Senate campaign in a small state where you can go home and sleep in your bed after a day of campaigning, you aren't going to want to engage in presidential craziness.
You need an immense ego to run for president, a religious-like certainty that you are the best person IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY OF 314 MILLION to run it. That's not who Elizabeth Warren is. She's on a mission, make no mistake, to reform the way Wall Street does business. But she already has a platform to make that happen—a perch in the nation's Most Exclusive Club and a grassroots army of millions amplifying her voice.
She worked hard for that Senate seat, and she's not just sitting in Teddy Kennedy's seat, she's transforming herself into his genuine heir—the nation's voice for the working man and woman. But more than that, she moves beyond rhetoric to practical solutions. It wasn't enough to rail against Wall Street excesses, her activism birthed an entire new federal agency, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.
Given her goals, the Senate is a great place to be. And given her state's politics, she doesn't have to overly worry about electoral politics. She can focus on fulfilling her mission of combating income inequality and smoothing the hard edges off Wall Street-style capitalism. No attempt to create 2016 drama on the Democratic side will change that.
Update: BREAKING! She's still not running.