Vanity Fair tisk tisks that Elizabeth Warren has mounted two attacks against major Clinton supporters in the last week. Surely the Massachusetts senator must know this is not the way to curry favor? And gah, Warren sounds, um, like Trump! Well not really except she actually does once say “rigged system” if you listen to the video.
From Vanity Fair’s article, Elizabeth Warren Just Made Hillary Clinton Look Bad – Again:
Warren has a problematic habit of criticizing Clinton’s most loyal donors, a fact that has not been overlooked by the Wall Street moneymen bankrolling her campaign. As if that were not enough to dampen the veepstakes buzz…she is embarking on a major nationwide campaign to derail a major trade deal being pushed by the White House and that Clinton supported as secretary of state…
Warren, in other words, is not the first Democrat (or Republican) to attack the T.P.P., highlighting Clinton’s flip-flop. But it’s not the first time the fiery politician has taken a stance that clashes with Clinton’s policy platform, either. Just last week, Warren unloaded on Silicon Valley for what she claimed are anti-competitive practices, and singled out a handful of the same tech titans that Clinton had been busy currying favor with less than 24 hours earlier. If the senator is still in the running for Clinton’s ticket, her anti-T.P.P. tirade won’t do the presidential hopeful any favors. It also doesn’t inspire confidence in her ability to help Clinton build a unified front in the battle against Trump, no matter how much she inspires the Sanders wing of the party. The last thing any presidential nominee needs is a No. 2 who doesn’t know how to fall in line.
We’ve deemed the rumors that Warren was a serious vice presidential candidate for Clinton as ludicrous. Yes, the Clinton campaign may have gone through the motions of vetting her, but planting the story that Warren was under consideration was merely to burnish Clinton’s image with progressives and Sanders voters.
Notice that Warren launched her anti-TPP campaign the day after Clinton was cleared by the FBI in its e-mail investigation. Did she hold her fire till then so as not to be accused of undermining the presumptive nominee?
As we have said repeatedly, one Senator cannot do much. Being a legislator in a two party system means having to support party positions at least some of the time or be totally ineffective. That is why we were opposed to Warren running for the Senate in the first place. However, Warren has punched above her weight on some important issues, not just banking, but also income inequality and preferential tax treatment for the rich. Changes in prevailing ideology do not happen overnight; it took the a well-funded right wing effort the better part of a generation to legitimate neoliberal ideology, and the better part of another generation for it to become mainstream. The Vichy Left hyped Warren as being the Great Progressive Hope when Warren herself never made any promises to that effect. She remains what she has always been: a technocrat who defers to orthodox technocratic thinking except when she has done enough homework to be willing to step out with her own views. So while many may be upset with Warren for not living up to what they deem to be her brand promise, she was not the one who created those expectations.