Sunday, January 18, 2015

Washington outsider Elizabeth Warren

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With the 2016 primaries looming on the horizon, rumor has it the Democratic Party's extreme left is as addle-brained over Elizabeth Warren today as it was over Barack Obama back in 08.

So we've got another professor out there stirring up things with even more charisma than Obama mustered in 08. She has the same shortages of expertise and experience as Obama had, but the naive Lefties are blind to that reality.

Just as Obama's expertise in Constitutional Law and experience as a community organizer didn't offer insight into the legislative process in Washington, the economy (well, he did have nice ties to Wall Street), or foreign policy (the U.S. is still mucking around in Iraq and Afghanistan), Warren's narrow focus in economic theory doesn't qualify her to be the leader of the Western world. For example, what does she know about foreign policy?

Back in 08, Obama dazzled Democrats with his fundraising skills, and it appears now that Warren is equally gifted. But according to Karen Tumulty at the Washington Post, Warren might be relishing her power as an outsider more than any ambitions she might have to follow in Obama's footsteps by taking down Hillary Clinton, the current Democratic frontrunner:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has an explanation for the singular nature of her power. 

“I’ll always be an outsider. That’s how I understand the world,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in an interview. “There’s a real benefit to being clear about this. I know why I’m here. I think about this every morning before I open my eyes, and I’m still thinking about it every night when I go to sleep.”
Being the target of that kind of focus can be an excruciating experience — the freshest case in point being investment banker Antonio Weiss, whom President Obama put forward last year as his nominee for Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance. 

Initially seen as a highly credentialed and noncontroversial pick for a low-profile post, Weiss found himself up against a storm of opposition, led by Warren, who said he was yet another example of Wall Street cronyism within the Obama administration. 

On Monday, Weiss wrote a letter to the president asking that his name be taken out of consideration.
The tussle sent yet another signal, maybe the clearest yet, of how Warren intends to wield her growing clout. It showed that she and her brand of populism are forces to be reckoned with — not only by Obama and his team, but also by the Democrats’ likely 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

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