Byon February 9, 2015
Last seen dumbly capitulating to the inexcusable Andrew Cuomo, the Working Families Party in New York is demonstrating its political acumen once again by encouraging Senator Professor Warren to run for president, something the Senator Professor is not going to do, and something she has said she is not going to do through all the available media except skywriting.
“Senator Warren is the nation’s most powerful voice for working
families fighting against a set of rules written by and for big banks.
That’s the debate we want to see, and that’s why we’re urging Senator
Warren to run for President,” said New York Working Families Party
Director Bill Lipton. The party, which is based in Clinton’s home state of New York, and
has been aligned with New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio, will join
MoveOn and Democracy for America. Together, they are running a $1.25
million campaign to draft Warren. There’s also a Ready for Warren super
PAC. “This is a big deal,” said Anna Galland, executive director of
MoveOn.org Civic Action. “The Working Families Party played a pivotal
role in building the progressive wave in New York City that swept Bill
de Blasio into office, and has tremendous electoral clout.”
(I notice how the Cuomo debacle has been buried beneath the success of the de Blasio campaign. Smooth.)
Just stop it, OK? She is not going to run. She doesn’t want to be president. And it’s better for all the issues she cares about if she stays right where she is and continues to gather power within a now Republican-run Senate. There is a perfectly adequate progressive alternative out there named Bernie Sanders. This apparent monomania on the Left about the Senator Professor is not only unseemly — Leave the poor woman alone, will you? — but it’s also counterproductive. If people keep yeckling at her to run, and she doesn’t, the issues she cares about will look like little more than a vanity project, and not a recommitment by the entire Democratic party. If she runs and loses, which she likely will, those issues disappear for another decade or so. She has work to do. Let her do it, please.