posted at 6:01 pm on April 14, 2017 by Andrew Malcolm
An extremely large percentage of America’s 326.5 million citizens did not run for president last year. Only one of us non-candidates, however, decided to write a new book to explain why.
If you’re one of the many Americans who hadn’t thought to wonder why Elizabeth Warren did not run for president — or don’t really care — join the crowd. Warren’s new book about her non-candidacy comes out next week and would-be buyers are not yet lining up.
The book is heavily biographical, which means Warren is definitely running for the presidential nomination of what’s left of the Democrat Party in 2020. First, of course, she needs to win reelection next year in Massachusetts.
Warren is the darling of far-left Democrats, who are running the show way out there nowadays. The book and attendant publicity appearances will provide a bully pulpit to explain her progressive views publicly and more private opportunities to fundraise and meet and chat up donors in those same cities.
And the book will give MSNBC and CNN easy excuses to have her on many times to talk about it and to fret about the country’s endangered middle class. Warren may not have enough time, you understand, to go into how badly the middle class suffered with stagnant wages and lost jobs during the long eight years of the most recent Democrat president and how as a result last fall so many millions of those voters opted instead for the uncertainty of an outlandish Republican.
Warren will lay blame for hard times on Donald Trump, who’s rolling back the regulations she fought so hard to impose as a government bureaucrat. Warren probably will not explain either what an awful candidate Hillary Clinton was. Nor how the 2016 Democratic nomination was a rigged gimme for Clinton.
But Warren will have nice things to say about fellow New Englander Bernie Sanders, who shares her views on evil banks, Wall Street and big business rigging everything for the wealthy.
If all works out as planned, every single media interviewer will ask about the 2020 presidential race. And Warren can smile and say, Oh, no, she hasn’t thought that far ahead. She just wants to serve the good people of Massachusetts.
According to advance publicity, Warren’s book reveals a “fiery senator” who writes in a “candid, high-spirited voice” of “eye-opening stories about her battles in the Senate.” She also “offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.” The cover shows the 67-year-old with no-nonsense hands on hips and wearing those granny glasses that Chuck Schumer has popularized.
According to Warren, an ex-law professor and consumer advocate, she didn’t compete last year in part because Bruce, her husband, warned that it would be a really hard, brutal fight like her 2012 Senate campaign, which raises the question if she’s really up to the somewhat more demanding job of commander-in-chief.
“Washington works great for the rich and powerful who can hire armies of lawyers and lobbyists,” declares Warren, sounding like someone who wasn’t afraid to run last year — and won. “But it is not working very well for everyone else.”