Elizabeth Warren isn’t taking no for an answer.
Ms. Warren is the creator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that was established in last year’s financial reform act. She had thought of the idea years before and lobbied hard for its inclusion in the law. When it was finally created, she was the natural choice to lead it, but her outspoken advocacy for the middle-class meant that she could never get enough Republican votes to make it through the Senate confirmation process. The bureau remained leaderless for a year until Richard Cordray was nominated, although he is still awaiting confirmation.
Elizabeth Warren appears to have taken a new strategy towards the Senate: if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. On August 18 she announced the formation of an exploratory committee for the Massachusetts Senate seat currently held by Scott Brown and formerly held by Ted Kennedy. While this isn’t yet an official announcement of candidacy, progressive groups which have been pushing for Ms. Warren to run are very excited about the move.
Scott Brown’s seat may be tougher than expected to take. For a Republican in Massachusetts, he has high approval ratings, but that doesn’t change the fact that he is still a Republican in Massachusetts, at a time when Congress is more deeply unpopular than ever before. Elizabeth Warren is certainly an exciting figure who can motivate progressives to campaign and turn up at the polls. Hopefully, Ms. Warren will be able to make the Senate Republicans sorry they had opposed her nomination when she shows up on the Senate floor.