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Warren draft group continues ‘full steam ahead,’ despite senator’s complaint


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has disavowed a group organizing in attempt to draft her as a 2016 presidential contender.  (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

Normally, when a draft movement crops up for a potential presidential candidate, there is a kind of tacit support and agreement between the would-be candidate and the group,which technically and legally can’t coordinate with a the would-be candidate. That’s the case with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ready for Hillary, a group that has raised millions of dollars, gathered reams of information on voters and is basically considered to be Clinton’s 2016 campaign-in-waiting.

Well, things are very different for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who progressives really want to draft her for a 2016 presidential run.

Warren, time and time again, has said she has no intention to run.  Progressives don’t care, so they’ve formed Ready for Warren.  But if she’s not running, what’s the point of Ready for Warren? That’s what Warren wants to know.

In a letter to the Federal Election Commission dated Aug. 22, Warren, through her attorneys, again states that there is no Warren 2016.  And to the group that really hopes she’ll change her mind, she (her lawyers) essentially says: knock it off.

The Senator has not, and does not, explicitly or implicitly, authorize, endorse, or otherwise approve of the organization’s formation or activities.  To the contrary, Senator Warren has publicly announced that she is not running for President in 2016.  Instead, the Senator hopes this organization will focus its attention and energy on maintaining Democratic control of the US Senate and not confuse donors about a non-existent run for President.

Sounds pretty clear, right?

Well, Ready for Warren remains undeterred, despite Warren’s pretty clear and public disavowal. Erica Sagrans, campaign manager for Ready for Warren, says the Massachusetts is still their choice, and they will still carry on, with all sorts of activities, including house parties.

We will continue full steam ahead with our campaign to draft Senator Warren to run for president in 2016, because we believe she is the best person for the job. Senator Warren has devoted her life to fighting for working families, and is one of the few politicians willing to take on Wall Street and champion policies that give all Americans a fair shot.

We completely agree with Senator Warren that maintaining Democratic control of the Senate in 2014 must be a top priority leading up to November.

Sagrans, in a comment to She the People, said: “When she ran for Senate, it wasn’t her plan. But when she saw that she had a chance to run for Senate and saw that she could make a difference in that role, she decided to do it and the same thing could happen here.”

Basically, we’re at square one.  Warren says she isn’t running. Again. Ready for Warren says they really want her to run.

Here’s the thing about draft movements. They often don’t produce very good candidates for president. Remember Wesley Clarke? How about that effort to draft Colin Powell? Didn’t exactly work.

You have to go back to Dwight D. Eisenhower, a military man, who was buoyed by an army of organizers and elected officials who propelled him to the White House in 1952. Running for president is about policies, but it’s also about personality.  It’s about being a good candidate (being good on television and good at giving speeches and debating helps out with that.)

But to put themselves through a grueling years long process of running, candidates have to have a burning desire to actually run for president and to be the president. Warren doesn’t seem to have that. At least not yet.  Maybe Ready for Warren, a group she doesn’t approve of can convince her otherwise. But beyond that, there’s still a question of whether she would make a good candidate for president in that backslapping, kissing babies sort of way.

Nia-Malika Henderson is a political reporter for The Fix.

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