National media are picking up on a hometown newspaper's enthusiasm for a presidential bid by Elizabeth Warren.
Noted The Washington Post
of the unbridled editorial onslaught offered this weekend by The Boston Globe — three op-eds and a feature editorial — urging the Massachusetts senator's candidacy: "The pieces accounted for 68 percent of the Globe website's traffic this weekend."
Perhaps, said the Post, the lack of a Massachusetts candidate heading into the 2016 election is creating presidential race nostalgia. Such a notion dovetails with the Globe's writing in June 2014 of the state's emerging "political drought."
The Globe's editorial page editor, Ellen Clegg, defended to the Post that it wasn't egging on another state resident to make a run, but used the weekend's Warren-fest to help launch a new editorial section for her paper, as well as to trumpet the beginning of the 2016 presidential race in full.
The Post wasn't the only other media outlet to take note of the Globe's enthusiasm. The publication Mother Jones
touted the Globe's "four-part argument" for a Warren candidacy.
"Although Warren has repeatedly said she is not interested in running for president, Sunday's editorial comes at somewhat of a vulnerable moment for [Hillary] Clinton, who's still dealing with the controversy surrounding her exclusive use of a personal email account while serving as secretary of state," Mother Jones said.
"Although the controversy doesn't appear to have damaged Clinton's popularity with top Democratic donors, it has further underscored the serious lack of viable challengers to her nomination."
The Globe, in one column,
called Warren a "credible threat" to a Clinton candidacy in a primary race.
Noted the Globe columnist Joshua Green: "The biggest benefit of a Warren challenge is that it would force an intraparty debate about the direction of Democratic policy in the post-Obama world."
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