Jewish World Review June 27, 2014 / 29 Sivan, 5774
Warren positioned to take advantage of Clinton's flaws
By Jonah Goldberg
In 2007, Democrats were delirious with rage about the
Today, the issue that obsesses the base of the
There's another component to the inequality obsession: populism. People increasingly feel that economic and political elites are enriching themselves, not by making great products or selling valuable services, but by cutting backroom deals and selling influence. This rage is remarkably bipartisan. It is the one theme that loosely unites tea partiers and
Obscure economics professor David Brat toppled House Majority Leader
Sen. Warren owes her left-wing hero status to the Democratic version of this kind of populism. She's been talking for years about how the well-connected "rig the system" for their own benefit. Now, I find many of Warren's proposed solutions -- more regulation, more taxes, more government, etc. -- abhorrent. But, believe it or not, I am not a Democratic primary voter. Those who are love what Warren is selling.
Which is why Warren is perfectly poised to be the Obama of 2016. And the role of
Warren would be able to defuse Clinton's greatest asset (her gender) and exploit Clinton's greatest liability (her wealth and how she came by it) while in the process generating huge excitement from the status-quo-weary grass roots.
Start with gender. The Clinton team is reviving the ludicrous claim that opposition to her candidacy is sexist. (They tried that line on Team Obama in 2008, but Team Obama came back with insinuations of racism.) What fun it would be to watch the Clintons try to spin support for Warren as sexist.
Then there's Clinton's wealth. Ever since claiming she was "dead broke" when she and her husband left the
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Clinton claimed that she's on the right side of the inequality argument because of the way she earned her money. The American people "don't see me as part of the problem," she explained, "because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we've done it through dint of hard work."
Many think this was a shot at Mitt Romney, and if it was, it's pretty pathetic. But even if Democrats think it's a serious argument, Romney will not be running in the Democratic primary -- unlike Clinton (presumably).
Clinton made her money by giving
Seen through today's populist prism, Clinton's record is a target-rich environment. For instance, in 1978, as a young associate at the Rose Law Firm and as wife of the attorney general and soon-to-be governor of
Clinton's "inevitability" is itself a kind of unearned special treatment during a time when special treatment for rich insiders ticks off everyone. Warren should say so.
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