Why do I love Krystal Ball so much? Because she's intelligent, beautiful, solidly progressive, an obviously loving mom, etc. etc.?
All of those things, to be sure, but she recently won my heart with an editorial about why she wishes that Hillary Clinton would not run for president in 2016. She thinks the times are wrong for another president with such strong corporate ties, when what we truly need is a populist president, a game-changer. Someone say like Elizabeth Warren. Well, to be more precise, Elizabeth Warren herself.
Ms. Ball went on to say that of course she'd back Hillary against any Republican, and against many Democrats as well, but that she wants Senator Warren, and that Hillary is likely to crowd the Massachusetts Senator out of the field, so better for us if Hillary doesn't run.
Krystal Ball was on on "UP with Steve Kornacki" today, which BTW was an amazing show. She spoke of how anointing Hillary would lead to a great deal of disappointment among Progressives and other common folk who know in their bones that it NOW is truly the time for change we can believe in. And certainly Hillary Clinton is not the person who will provide us with that.
Krystal expresses her concerns by asking that at this point as the country begins to recover the vital questions are what kind of country do we want, what kind of economy, what does the future of the middle class look like, and so on. She says that if Hillary is unopposed she will most certainly throw in with her wealthy backers and go off in that direction, while Warren captures the Progressive vision, and more importantly what the Country needs right now.
Now, I do believe that Hillary Clinton will run, beginning just about a year or so from now, but that this nation would best be served if Elizabeth Warren runs as well, and we have the critical debate between these two powerful women that at this point the Nation needs to engage in:
Does the economy function on behalf of the People or do the People function on behalf of the economy?And is it time to start thinking about a Draft Elizabeth Warren Movement?
12:20 PM PT: Hey, thanks for the Rec List everyone!
One thing I'd like to say is that we can't afford to be passive observers in this process. It may well be time to start that Draft Warren for 2016 movement, don't you think?