Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren seems to be making a serious move on former Vice President Joe Biden and that may be in part due to advice she’s received from failed 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton.
Jonathan Allen of NBC News reports that Warren and Clinton have teamed up and that Clinton is counseling Warren. Some even speculate that Warren may ask Clinton to serve in a more formal role on her campaign if she wins her party’s nomination…possibly even ask her to be her VP!
The extent of their relationship remains a mystery but an aide to Clinton described the contact between them as “substantial enough to merit attention.” Allen noted in his reporting:
Elizabeth Warren’s team doesn’t want to talk about Hillary Clinton, but that doesn’t mean the 2020 presidential candidate isn’t talking with her party’s 2016 nominee.
The New York Times reported earlier in the summer that Warren had made serious inroads with Democratic insiders. While in San Francisco, the Senator had a private meeting with Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers (ATF). The ATF is the second largest teachers union in the country and plays a major role in liberal policy and Democrat Party politics. According to The Times, Weingarten was “one of Ms. Clinton’s most outspoken supporters in the labor movement” and the two are longtime friends.
There is no doubt Warren wants Clinton’s support base — the foundation of the “Resistance” or middle-aged leftist women. While Warren understands Clinton is out of favor among rank-and-file Democrats, she still wields power over many of the Democrats superdelegates and biggest donors.
Clinton and Warren are likely forging what Jonathan Martin of The New York Times terms a “faux friendship” that will serve candidate Warren well in the coming months.”
The alliance has several innate problems the two will have to overcome. Clinton’s first choice is to be the vocal supporter of the female candidate who has a legitimate chance against President Trump. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Clinton’s heir apparent and her successor in New York seemed a good choice for Clinton but Gillibrand never gained traction in the Democratic debates and has since dropped out of the race.
Hillary’s second choice might have been Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) but they have never been close and there seems little hope for that changing.
Warren trashed Clinton in her 2003 book for her actions in a 2001 overhaul of bankruptcy laws. In that book, Warren cited campaign contributions from banking interests as the reason then-Senator Clinton flipped on a move to overhaul bankruptcy laws.
Warren claimed Clinton received $140,000 in campaign contributions from banking industry executives in exchange for their support. Warren wrote, “Big banks were now part of Senator Clinton’s constituency. She wanted their support, and they wanted hers—including a vote in favor of ‘that awful bill,’”
Clinton responded to Warren’s claim in the fifth Democratic debate on Feb. 4, 2016, “You will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation that I ever received.”
Like her financial law insights or not, Warren was not so kind about Clinton’s part in defeating that bill. The Washington Post quoted Warren in 2004, “The bill was essentially the same, but Hillary Rodham Clinton was not,” she wrote. “Hillary Clinton could not afford such a principled position. Campaigns cost money, and that money wasn’t coming from families in financial trouble.”
Insiders say Warren and Clinton have since mended whatever differences were between them. Now Warren is focused on highlighting their relationship to woo the party’s elites. At the same time, she wants to maintain her mantle as the more likable version of a female Bernie Sanders.
Even as Elizabeth Warren teams up with Hillary Clinton, she can’t afford to forget who got her this far. As she rises in the polls, she must protect her standing with far-left progressives As the New York Times reports:
Ms. Warren … [is] trying to defuse potential attacks from supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “I’m with Bernie,” she responds when asked about what is perhaps the most contentious issue of the primary race: Medicare for all.
Despite Warren’s obvious mistakes thus far (claiming Indian heritage and doubling down on it with a DNA test for one) President Trump shouldn’t write off Warren as an opponent. She didn’t get to be consistently in the number 2 or 3 spot in the polls for Democrat nominee as a fluke. However, having a vicarious chance to take on Hillary one more time may be just what President Trump is hoping for.