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Elizabeth Warren : The New Hillary?
02/13/2017 Elizabeth Warren Raymond Z
keywords: Hillary Clinton

Is it just me or do Democrats have a knack for selecting generally unlike-able women to power positions? One need only spend a few minutes to think about Nancy Pelosi or Hillary Clinton as examples. Oh, I am sure they would defend these women as strong, fierce, and independent. They may even accuse detractors as being misogynistic. There may be some of that but, for the most part, these women often come across as brash and abrasive. Now there's another democratic woman heading squarely into the spotlight with a similar demeanor. She is Elizabeth Warren.

While Hillary has gone into hiding following the election, Warren is taking center stage. Does this portend of a future run for the presidency? Is Elizabeth Warren the new Hillary?

Who is Elizabeth Warren?

Elizabeth Warren is a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. She was born in Oklahoma in 1949, As a 16 year old high school student she won a scholarship in debating to George Washington University and had aspirations to become a teacher. Eventually she attended Rutgers School of Law and ended up teaching as a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School and Harvard Law School. Originally a Republican, Warren became a member of the Democratic Party in 1996. She won her seat in the Senate in 2012.

Controversies

Like Hillary, Warren has been bit of a lightning rod for controversy. During her run for the Senate in 2012, a Boston Herald article pointed out that she listed herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools directories, saying she was of American Indian decent. There is no proof of this. This would eventually lead to comments from then candidate Donald Trump referring to Warren as “the Indian” and “Pocahontas”. She was front and center in Boston, site of the second largest protest following Trump's inauguration. Even more recently, Warren was rebuked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for impugning fellow Senator Jeff Sessions and told to take a seat. She has positioned herself squarely as an opponent to the new administration, recently tweeting "Consider this MY warning: We won't be silent. We will speak out. And we WILL persist."  Many are viewing her moment with Mitch McConnell as a defining moment for the Senator that may propel her towards a White House run.

Support of Hillary

Warren's unwavering and enthusiastic support during Hillary's campaign had many speculating she was going to be Mrs. Clinton's vice-presidential choice. That may work out just as well for the Senator who has already announced she will seek reelection to the Senate in 2018. In extremely liberal Massachusetts, that shouldn't be a problem. The problem could arise should she decide to run for president. If that should become a reality, it would mean more of the same from the Democrats.

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