Why Left and Right Need Elizabeth Warren to Run
Challenging Clinton would strengthen both parties: Slate's John Dickerson
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2014 1:55 PM CDT
Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during the state Democratic convention in Worcester, Mass., Friday, June 13, 2014.   (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Steve Lanava)

(Newser) – No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you should root for Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016, writes John Dickerson at Slate. She can't win, but she can make both parties stronger with a bid against Hillary Clinton, he argues. Start with left: Liberals should encourage her because even though she'd have almost no chance of winning the primary, she might wring some promises out of Clinton. More moderate Democrats should recognize that Warren would make Clinton a better candidate, force her to "draw clear lines about what she believes," and shape her up for the general election.

So why should conservatives want Warren to run? The primary might "expose Democrats for the socialist one-worlders they are," writes Dickerson. But more importantly: A Warren candidacy would ensure that the central debate would be about the middle class, and as she and Clinton duke it out, that would "give conservatives a chance to offer their alternatives" to the same crucial constituency. If Warren "believes in the ideas she says she does, one of which is that the system is rigged in favor of those with money and power, a place to demonstrate her commitment to changing such arrangements would be to announce her candidacy for the highest office in the land," writes Dickerson. Click for his full column.

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WhaaaNotFair
Jul 25, 2014 11:14 AM CDT
Libby is a real kook. Yes....she needs to run....to ....say....Cambodia. Yeah, Cambodia would be nice.
Jim Garoutte
Jul 21, 2014 12:15 PM CDT
"Many forms of Gov­ern­ment have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pre­tends that democ­racy is per­fect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democ­racy is the worst form of Gov­ern­ment except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time..." - Winston Churchill
CopTurnedJournalist
Jul 20, 2014 11:41 PM CDT
This column begins with the premise that either of the parties has, or is even interested in finding solutions to the problems that plague our nation and world. The truth is, both parties are concerned with finding their next fundraiser and with perpetuating the problems that allow them to justify their existence to an electorate that does not know any better.