COMMENTARY | Jonah Goldberg is touting the possible candidacy of Elizabeth Warren, the junior senator from the commonwealth of Massachusetts, for president of the United States. He calls her the “Barack Obama of 2016.”
“Senator Warren owes her left-wing hero status to the Democratic version of this kind of populism. She’s been talking for years about how the well-connected ‘rig the system’ for their own benefit. Now, I find many of Warren’s proposed solutions – more regulation, more taxes, more government, etc. – abhorrent. But, believe it or not, I am not a Democratic-primary voter. Those who are love what Warren is selling.
“Which is why Warren is perfectly poised to be the Obama of 2016. And the role of Hillary Clinton will be played by Hillary Clinton.”
I’m not sure that I would like 2016 to be a replay of 2008, especially considering how it turned out. On the other hand, the idea of Warren going up against a real Republican conservative like Ted Cruz is too delicious to express with words.
Hillary Clinton’s argument for being president is basically boiled down to that she is entitled to it by right and by the fact that she put up with Bill’s nonsense for all of these years. At least Warren will offer some kind of agenda, all bad to be sure, but still a set of policy proposals that she will implement if we give her the keys to the Oval Office.
Being the 2016 Obama would be Warren’s strength and her downfall as well. Very few people are going to want a third term of Obama, which is essentially what a Warren presidency would be. If she were to beat Clinton for the nomination, she would likely resemble one of two other Democrats who ran for president. George McGovern and Walter Mondale accomplished the singular feats of winning just one state of the unions plus the District of Columbia in the races they won. One cannot think that Warren would make it a threesome.