Politico: Elizabeth Warren Fills the Democratic Void

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“This is a moment that cries out for Senator Warren’s fiery leadership and she is bringing the fire,” said Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn.org. | Getty

Reprinted from Politico by Gabriel Debenedetti on November 21, 2016.

In the days since Hillary Clinton’s stunning electoral defeat to Donald Trump, the vacuum she left atop the Democratic Party hasn’t gone unfilled.

Elizabeth Warren has moved aggressively to occupy the space, a timely reminder to the party and its most ambitious members that all roads to 2020 — not to mention 2018 — go through her.

More than any other high-profile Democrat, the Massachusetts senator and liberal hero has gone out of her way to appear in Washington headlines nearly every day since November 8. From a series of public appearances across town to letters from her Senate office to private Capitol Hill meetings with fellow elected officials, Warren is making clear that she intends to use her brand of no-holds-barred liberalism to illuminate the party’s path ahead while it embarks on a protracted period of soul-searching.

“This is a moment that cries out for Senator Warren’s fiery leadership and she is bringing the fire,” said Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn.org. “Progressives are beleaguered, they need a call to action, and she’s delivering it.” …

A large part of Warren’s push has included meeting with important Democratic constituencies to influence their conversations and use their platforms. With labor leaders cheering her on as one of their most prominent advocates, she spoke at the AFL-CIO just two days after Election Day, introduced by union chief Richard Trumka as “uniquely positioned to partner with us.” …

Politico 11/21

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