Elizabeth Warren

Ready for Warren?

Featured image Charlotte Allen at the Weekly Standard reports on the marketing of Elizabeth Warren. It includes a book, The Fight Is Our Fight; a webpage, “Help us elect Elizabeth Warren for president in 2020”; and a Facebook page, “Ready for Warren.” But is America ready for Warren? A new survey finds her running behind President Trump by six points, 42-36. A poll taken almost four years before the next presidential election »

Mrs. Warren’s profession revisited

Featured image Perhaps the main count in Elizabeth Warren’s indictment of the then prospective confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education was DeVos’s support for school choice. Warren charged that it may well even have “disqualified” DeVos from the position: Warren pointed to what she called DeVos’ “deep record of activism, bankrolling and lobbying for policies that would privatize public education” without meaningful accountability. “Your history of support for policies that »

Elizabeth Warren For President!

Featured image Scott has been mischievously promoting Keith Ellison to head the DNC. In the same spirit, I enthusiastically endorse Elizabeth Warren as the new face of the Democratic Party. The consensus is that Mitch McConnell’s “silencing” of Warren–we can only dream!–per Senate Rule 19 was a mistake because it cemented Warren’s role as the Democrats’ most visible spokesman. But let’s look on the bright side: Warren combines Hillary Clinton’s likability with »

Who won, McConnell or Warren?

Featured image Yesterday, in writing about the Senate’s rebuke and silencing of Elizabeth Warren for disparaging Jeff Sessions, I discussed the rule invoked by Mitch McConnell to accomplish this. Rule 19 provides that Senators are not allowed to “directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” I suggested that Rule 19 is an anachronism. It »

Elizabeth Warren rebuked, barred from speaking to Senate about Sessions

Featured image Sen. Elizabeth Warren, trying to stake her claim as the left’s darling for purposes of the 2020 presidential race, was delivering a rant against her colleague, Sen. Jeff Sessions. Warren asserted that “to put Senator Sessions in charge of the Department of Justice is an insult to African-Americans.” To support this claim, roundly disputed by African-Americans who know Jeff Sessions, Warren resorted to quotes from 1986 when the Senate did »

Things keep getting worse for Elizabeth Warren

Featured image I wrote here about Elizabeth Warren’s unimpressive poll numbers in Massachusetts. In light of recent developments, those numbers may not have bottomed out. This week, Sen. Warren, who recently pressed Department of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price about what she considers possible financial improprieties, is under fire regarding a $1.3 million line of credit from the Bank of America on her Cambridge home. For two years in a »

Elizabeth Warren isn’t wowing them in Massachusetts

Featured image Elizabeth Warren is doing her damnedest to become a liberal hero. Her obnoxiousness during Senate confirmation hearings is only the latest example. One might expect that, however this act is viewed in America as a whole, it plays well in liberal Massachusetts. Actually, not so much. A poll by WBUR in Boston finds that 51 percent of Massachusetts voters view her favorably. That’s not bad. At the same time, though, »

Elizabeth Warren won’t shake Betsy DeVos’ hand

Featured image I wrote below about Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing which took place last evening. The hearing was contentious at times, but never truly nasty. Democratic members were frustrated, but to the extent they were upset it seemed mostly to be with Chairman Alexander’s limitation on their questioning time. After the hearing, the nominee made her way to the dais to shake hands with committee members. Among those who shook her hand »

A Hillary-Elizabeth Warren Ticket? Say It Ain’t So!

Featured image Scuttlebutt these days points toward Hillary Clinton selecting Elizabeth Warren as her running mate. Not long ago, Warren was rather bitterly critical of Hillary, but all is now forgiven–the scourge of Wall Street and the candidate of Wall Street have come to a meeting of the minds. Today Clinton and Warren campaigned together, seemingly trying out their all-woman appeal. All I can say is: please, God, don’t let it happen! »

Elizabeth Warren for vice president?

Featured image Hillary Clinton has the Democratic presidential nomination locked up. Any remaining suspense associated with the run-up to the convention centers around (1) whether, or to what extent, she will continue to tack to the left and (2) the identity of her running mate. As to the second matter, Clinton’s campaign has let it be known that she will consider selecting a female VP candidate. Indeed, we are told that her »

Her heart belongs to Bernie

Featured image Senator Elizabeth Warren appeared on CBS This Morning today (video below). The Free Beacon headlines its account of the interview “Elizabeth Warren won’t answer any questions in CBS interview.” She would prefer not to. Nothing unusual in that. The questions of interest to me in this interview relate to (1) her failure so far to express a preference for Sanders or Clinton in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination »

Fake Indian takes real scalp

Featured image Senator Elizabeth Warren is a blatantly fake Indian, but late last month she took a real (if metaphorical) scalp. Warren prompted the Brookings Institution to force the resignation of the Brookings-affiliated scholar Robert Litan. Litan had been affiliated with Brookings off and on for some 40 years. Once Warren complained about him to Brookings President Strobe Talbott, however, Brookings snapped to attention. Litan promptly resigned his unpaid position with Brookings. »

Dodd-Frank’s not so happy anniversary

Featured image Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of Dodd-Frank. In honor of the occasion, Veronique de Rugy looks at some of the commentary documenting her contention that “the legislation has overwhelmed the regulatory system, stifled the financial industry, impaired economic growth, and done nothing to correct the pernicious effects of ‘too big to fail.’” There is this excerpt from a Wall Street Journal column by Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial »

Elizabeth Warren — will she or won’t she?

Featured image For months, I’ve heard rumors that Elizabeth Warren wants to take on Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. The rumors are plausible. Warren is 66 years old. It’s probably now or never, if she wants to become president. And why would we doubt that Warren wants to become president? On the other hand, running for president against the Clinton machine takes guts. What has Warren ever done that demonstrates »

Is Elizabeth Warren running for president? It looks that way

Featured image I hear through sources within Elizabeth Warren’s circles that the Massachusetts Senator intends to run for president. Warren’s behavior is entirely consistent with this view. She is pounding her core message — “the system is rigged” — as relentlessly as John Edwards pounded his “two Americas” theme when he ran twice for president. And she is distancing herself from President Obama — and, by extension, Hillary Clinton — by insisting »

Will 2016 resemble 1968 for Democrats?

Featured image I’ve been dismissive of Jim Webb’s prospects for winning the Democratic presidential nomination. But Jacob Heilbrunn’s column on Webb, and Steve’s commentary on that column, made me take another look. On second look, I still don’t see Webb getting very far. Will female Democrats favor Webb — currently in his third marriage and the author of what some might consider a sexist novel — over Hillary Clinton? Not likely. Will »

Attacks on Banks, Paid For By Banks?

Featured image If you look at photos of anti-Wall Street, Occupy-type protests, it seems clear that the people doing the demonstrating have not had lots of dealings with banks–like most Americans, actually. So they are acting on hearsay, or on a theory: they have been told that “big banks” are somehow responsible for the sorry state of our economy, in particular the fact that most young people can’t find good jobs. Elizabeth »