Elizabeth Warren has become an outstanding champion of the middle class family and she is being vigorously attacked by Karl Rove and other Republicans in whatever way they can. None of it is sticking. She's articulate, a champion of the working class, and smart. She's also pulled ahead of her incumbent Senate Republican rival in Massachusetts. Is it too early to unleash her onto the nation? I think Obama needs a push and maybe a replacement.
Obama has drifted to the middle because there is no candidate Warren pushing on him:
On issues from air pollution to contraception, President Barack Obama has broken sharply with liberal activists and come down on the side of business interests and social conservatives as he moves more to the political middle for his re-election campaign.
Without a Democratic challenger who might tug him to the left, Obama is free to try to neutralize Republican efforts to tar him as a liberal ideologue by taking steps toward the political center.
My own disappointments with Obama focus primarily on the fact that he hasn't really fought for the middle class and has capitulated (IMO) to the military industrial complex and to the banksters. (Here is my moment of conversion away from Obama.)
And, last week, Obama let down another constituency, when his administration took the unprecedented step of rejecting the Food and Drug Administration's recommendation to give all women access to the emergency contraception pill Plan B One-Step over the counter, without a prescription. Women, another supportive constituency for Obama, were disappointed or worse:
"I think the women of this country are not disappointed, they're infuriated," said Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women. "I'm gonna tell you the truth -- we're supporting President Obama as a means to get better alternatives. It's not like we think he's great for women, but we know we need to move in that direction, and frankly in this moment women must be engaged and must be mobilized to vote for the candidate that is a stepping stone toward real equality -- even though there's no candidate that represents that now."
Warren herself is clearly critical of that decision:
"I said, I can't in good conscience take money out of our other charitable giving and invest it in politics unless I think it's going to make the world better. On the current course and trajectory, that is not happening," she said, adding that without a shift in the way Obama making decisions regarding reproductive rights, she and her husband won't be throwing their weight into the campaign.
And Obama is much more on the right of Warren on almost all the economic issues. He seems to have forgotten (IMO) who put him into office and how he had campaigned on the "audacity of hope" and the "promise of change."
I suspect if Warren were in a couple of primaries, that would show the nation just were the rank-and-file Democrats are at. We're much closer to the issues promulgated by the OWS movement and much further from the policies that have allowed the 1% to grow even more wealthy during the past three years.
I promised to post this article this weekend and promised a very neutral poll (as far as possible). The polls offer a couple of dimensions of choice.
Please vote this article up the vine so we can get a broader polling and opinion constituency.