The Washington Examiner noted on Sunday that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass addressed the annual progressive confab in Detroit, Michigan, Netroots Nation, and got an enthusiastic response. Warren has been mentioned as a more liberal alternative to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom many on the left have become disenchanted with. Warren, who has been coy about her own presidential aspirations, laid out 11 principles.
“We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we're willing to fight for it."
"We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth."
"We believe that the Internet shouldn't be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality."
"We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage."
"We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them."
“We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt."
“We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions."
"We believe — I can't believe I have to say this in 2014 — we believe in equal pay for equal work."
"We believe that equal means equal, and that's true in marriage, it's true in the workplace, it's true in all of America."
"We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform."
"And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!"
For good measure, Warren tore into the Republican Party, suggesting that it is the party of selfishness. “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own." Warren, who has been compared to a white, female version of a younger Barack Obama, was presenting a platform unsullied by nuance and by “hope and change.” She represents, as some progressives suggest, “The Democratic wing of the Democratic Party” as opposed to its corporate wing, as allegedly represented by Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Free Beacon suggests, however, that Warren’s anti-business populism may be less than meets the eye. The reauthorization of the Import-Export Bank, which provides subsidies for the purchase of American exports by foreign governments and corporations, is now being considered in Congress. Conservatives would like to see the bank abolished as a purveyor of corporate welfare. Warren, on the other hand, is a warm supporter of the bank, claiming that it creates jobs.
Red State suggests that Warren is a mirror image of Ted Cruz, the conservative from Texas with a similar academic and political background to the senator from Massachusetts, Politically, they are polar opposites. Speculation abounds about a Cruz vs. Warren race in 2016, which would certainly not be fought in a nuanced way. Neither senator are favored to win their respective party’s nominations, though they have tremendous popularity with their bases. On the other hand, it is just short of two years before the 2016 campaign begins in earnest. Anything can happen.