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Not Ready for Hillary: The Rationale for Elizabeth Warren

From the moment that Elizabeth Warren stepped on the stage to deliver her Friday morning speech at the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the chants echoed around the room.

For many in this crowd, it could not be clearer that this is Warren’s time to run for the Oval Office.

Waving her finger in the air like a sword, Warren delivered her populist harangue in a characteristically mad-as-hell tone that largely has been missing from national Democratic politics during the 6½ years of President Obama’s relatively staid and cerebral approach to speechifying.

“The game is rigged,” Warren shouted into the microphone. “And the rich and the powerful have lobbyists, lawyers and plenty of friends in Congress. Everybody else, not so much. So the way I see this is we can whine about it, we can whimper about it, or we can fight back. I’m fighting back!”

The crowd ate it up.

For them, it was precisely the kind of take-no-prisoners approach to pocketbook issues such as income inequality, student loan debt, and equal pay that fueled Warren’s rapid rise from the [continue reading]

 

by Scott Conroy writing for Real Clear Politics

 

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