In my last column I suggested that if she runs for president, which I believe is an 80 percent probability, Hillary Clinton would have a great chance to carry Texas and could well trigger a historical political realignment of Rooseveltian magnitude. I now predict that if Hillary choses not to run in 2016, which is certainly possible, liberals will begin a gigantic movement to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to run for president on a platform that will offer a reformist program of the magnitude that Franklin Roosevelt proposed and implemented.
The latest capitulation of Washington-based Democrats on the effort to curb filibusters will continue the inevitable surge of Republican filibusters, which will increase public unhappiness with Washington and create genuine outrage among progressive Democrats and independents. Both parties in Washington continue to underestimate both the broad public disapproval and the degree of unrest among the progressive base that a continuation of the gridlocked status quo will cause.
While Republicans are horrendously unpopular as a party, the Congress as an institution is also horrendously unpopular. While Democrats fare much better than Republicans in public support, Hillary Clinton fares far better than them all, and if Hillary does not run, and push comes to shove with more filibusters and gridlock in Washington, interest in Elizabeth Warren and what she stands for will skyrocket very quickly.
My hope and expectation is that Hillary does run, which is why I have long supported her and look forward to another two-term Clinton presidency. As Congress considers and Republicans oppose the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the consumer protection bureau that Elizabeth Warren first proposed, it is a fitting moment to suggest that progressives have an awesome Plan B: the woman who in several days will be the senior senator from Massachusetts!
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