Friday, January 5, 2018

Warren positions herself for potential 2020 run

The following nauseating homage appeared in Politico, of course, on January 2nd

The Massachusetts senator has made a series of under-the-radar moves in the past year that would help her if she challenges Donald Trump.

Elizabeth Warren has spent the past year making a series of below-the-radar moves that would put her in prime position to run for president in 2020 if she decides to.

The liberal icon and Republican bete noire has amassed more money in her campaign war chest than nearly any senator in modern history, groomed political connections with Democrats who've been skeptical of her in the past, and worked to bolster her bipartisan and foreign policy bona fides.

It’s part of a conscious break from the heads-down posture that Warren purposefully maintained during the first five years of her Senate career, a wide range of Democrats close to the Massachusetts senator and her tight-knit political operation told POLITICO.

And it’s representative of Warren’s tricky navigation between the wishes of advocates who want her cutting a clearpath to 2020, and supporters who think her best bet is to run up the score in her reelection race this year.

The balancing act is evident everywhere, as Warren takes steps she never did when activists were pressuring her to jump into the 2016 presidential race.

Warren is sitting on more campaign cash — $12.8 million — than nearly any other incumbent senator ever has at this point in an election cycle, despite what's expected to be an easy reelection. But she also held 17 town hall events back home in Massachusetts last year.

She spent the year meeting with prominent figures with whom she’s disagreed in the past — from former President Barack Obama to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon — sit-downs that could come in handy if she runs for president. But Warren shied from repeated invitations to political events across Iowa and New Hampshire.
And Warren has stocked her political staff with a research team directed to scour her past for political vulnerabilities — an undertaking that appears aimed at a national bid. But the group of five aides is also monitoring a gaggle of potential Republican reelection opponents in Massachusetts, where hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, a top backer of President Donald Trump, has funded a super PAC assailing her.

“Big money is already running attack ads against her, and she is and should be taking them very seriously. She won the first time with a formidable grass-roots organization, and she should be doing the same thing again,” said former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, the Democratic presidential nominee in 1988, who keeps in touch with Warren. “There will be plenty of time after that to think about the national scene.”

Yet the result of all her subtly intensifying prep is that one year after Trump’s win, she is firmly in the top tier of potential Democratic presidential contenders, one of three figures — with Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — whom all other hopefuls must consider carefully before launching their own bids.

(Article continues HERE)

Ed.  So her election team is going to "scour her past for political vulnerabilities!" Well Hell, all she has to do is open her mouth!

If the national media were even remotely honest, the last Democrat to see the White House would have been Roosevelt.

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