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National Review's Goldberg: Warren Could Defeat Hillary in 2016

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Friday, 27 Jun 2014 02:26 PM

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is being urged to jump into the White House race by National Review editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg, saying her "kind of populism" could spell doom for Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions.

Goldberg maintains that the Massachusetts senator could be the surprise choice for the Democratic nomination for 2016, the way Barack Obama was in 2008.

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"In 2007, Democrats were delirious with rage about the Iraq war. Hillary Clinton, the 'inevitable' presidential front-runner, had voted for the war and refused to apologize for it," Goldberg wrote.

"Other leading candidates, including Joe Biden, John Edwards, and Chris Dodd, voted for it, too. This left a huge opening for a credible anti-war candidate. Barack Obama, inexperienced and underqualified, nonetheless jumped into the vacuum. The rest, as they say, is history."

Goldberg, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said that Warren’s "left-wing hero status" had made her a populist icon among progressives, while Clinton appears to appeal more to the elite.

"She’s been talking for years about how the well-connected 'rig the system' for their own benefit," said Goldberg. "Now, I find many of Warren’s proposed solutions — more regulation, more taxes, more government — abhorrent. But, believe it or not, I am not a Democratic primary voter. Those who are love what Warren is selling."

Goldberg says that Warren should highlight the fact that even though Hillary and Bill Clinton left the White House "dead broke," the former first lady now makes her money by "giving $200,000 speeches to corporate fat cats and trading on her connections."

Goldberg wrote the issue that "obsesses" the base of the Democratic party is income inequality, and suggested Clinton may turn off primary voters because her income is not equal to the people she wants to vote for her.

"People increasingly feel that economic and political elites are enriching themselves, not by making great products or selling valuable services, but by cutting backroom deals and selling influence," Goldberg wrote. "This rage is remarkably bipartisan. It is the one theme that loosely unites tea partiers and Wall Street occupiers alike."

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Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is being urged to jump into the White House race by National Review editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg, saying her "kind of populism" could spell doom for Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions.
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