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article imageOp-Ed: Elizabeth Warren popular but would struggle as president

By Calvin Wolf     Jul 19, 2014 in Politics
Despite the entrenched power of Hillary Clinton, rookie senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts may be looking to snatch the 2016 Democratic nomination for president by hooking in from the left as a populist. But she might struggle as chief executive...
Despite remaining noncommittal, Hillary Clinton is seen far and wide as the undisputed frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. The recent U.S. Secretary of State has a lengthy resume, a Rolodex of powerful contacts, and has certainly paid her dues on the presidential campaign trail. And, up until recently, her only true potential rival was vice president Joe Biden, an aging politician who seems more than a bit washed up.
But now rookie U.S. senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) may be tempted to throw her hat into the presidential ring. According to CBS News, Warren has been receiving a groundswell of liberal encouragement to run for president, including an enthusiastic "run, Liz, run" chant at the Netroots National conference in Detroit. Though Hillary Clinton may not be worried yet, pundits are already making comparisons between Warren and Barack Obama. In 2006, two years before he edged out Clinton for the Democratic nomination, Obama was also a rookie senator who was newsworthy for rousing public speeches.
If Warren were to somehow edge out Clinton for the Democratic nomination and become president, would she be a great chief executive? It depends on whether or not one considers Barack Obama to be a great president. For good or ill, Warren would likely begin her White House tenure on similar footing with the former senator from Illinois.
Like Obama, Warren would enter the Oval Office as a political rookie, having not finished even a single full term in Congress. This would present difficulties, with Warren lacking much of the political capital needed to get votes on Capitol hill. Political rookies like Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter have been accused of having this weakness, as opposed to veteran politicians like Lyndon Johnson and Richard M. Nixon.
As a left-of-center liberal, Warren would almost certainly seek to continue the more liberal policies of the Obama administration, thus guaranteeing staunch resistance from Republicans in Congress. While liberals would champion this steadiness, others might grow exasperated at the continuance of political gridlock in Washington and desire a chief executive who was more apt to compromise. Thus far, Warren's image as an uncompromising populist points to a somewhat rocky presidency. She will rankle Republicans and the trench warfare in Washington will continue.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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