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Liz Warren 2020 POTUS Campaign
« on: February 08, 2017, 08:02:59 PM »
Liz is obviously going to run for POTUS in 2020, and has started her campaign early by getting herself in the Newz as a Chief Adversary of The Donald.

I'm giving her her own thread, because something tells me she is not going to let up.  ::)

Quote from: Mitch McConnell
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Feminists will eat up this bit of "mansplaining" by MM. lol.

Kickoff post below.


Shutting Down Speech by Elizabeth Warren, G.O.P. Amplifies Her Message


Backlash to Warren’s Silencing

Backlash to Warren’s Silencing

After Senator Elizabeth Warren’s remarks were halted during a Senate confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions to become attorney general, many people rallied around her. By NEETI UPADHYE on Publish Date February 8, 2017. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press. Watch in Times Video »

WASHINGTON — Republicans seized her microphone. And gave her a megaphone.

Silenced on the Senate floor for condemning a peer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, emerged on Wednesday in a coveted role: the avatar of liberal resistance in the age of President Trump.

Late on Tuesday, Senate Republicans voted to halt the remarks of Ms. Warren, already a lodestar of the left, after she criticized a colleague, Senator Jeff Sessions, the nominee for attorney general, by reading a letter from Coretta Scott King.

Instantly, the decision — led by Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, who invoked a rarely enforced rule prohibiting senators from impugning the motives and conduct of a peer — amplified Ms. Warren’s message and further inflamed the angry Senate debate over Mr. Sessions’ nomination. He was confirmed on Wednesday.

For Ms. Warren’s supporters, it was the latest and most visceral example of a woman muzzled by men who seemed unwilling to listen.
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Critics saw something else: a senator who has rankled members of both parties with her nose for the spotlight lobbing a far-too-early salvo in the next presidential race.

“A lot of that’s about 2020 politics,” Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota, grumbled on MSNBC.

Mr. McConnell’s subsequent explanation for his maneuver seemed destined for a future Warren campaign ad: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” After an unsuccessful effort to draft her for the 2016 presidential race, Ms. Warren is considered a very early front-runner for 2020, should she run.

Mr. McConnell’s coda has already been repurposed as a sort of rallying cry. Across social media, Ms. Warren’s allies and supporters posted with the hashtag #shepersisted, calling to mind some Democrats’ embrace of the term “nasty woman” after Mr. Trump deployed it to describe Hillary Clinton during a debate. Appearing with Mrs. Clinton in New Hampshire in October, Ms. Warren reminded Mr. Trump that “nasty women vote.”

After the vote to bar Ms. Warren from speaking further about Mr. Sessions, other senators, including Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Tom Udall of New Mexico, read Mrs. King’s letter without facing any objection, prompting some activists to raise charges of sexism.
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Spicer Responds to King Letter on Sessions

Asked about a letter that Coretta Scott King wrote regarding Jeff Sessions in 1986, the White House press secretary said he “would respectfully disagree with her assessment of Senator Sessions then and now.” By THE NEW YORK TIMES on Publish Date February 8, 2017. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images. Watch in Times Video »

Ms. Warren has long displayed an instinct for capitalizing on highly visible fights. After she was barred from speaking on the Senate floor, she began reading the 1986 letter from Mrs. King on Facebook. By Wednesday evening, the video had attracted more than nine million views.

In the letter, Mrs. King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., took aim at Mr. Sessions’s record on civil rights as a United States attorney in Alabama, saying he had used “the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.” She called on the Senate not to confirm Mr. Sessions to a federal judgeship, and his nomination to that post was ultimately rejected.

On Wednesday morning, in a conference room in the Capitol — the vote prohibited Ms. Warren from speaking about the nomination only from the Senate floor — Ms. Warren addressed civil rights leaders, recounting her long night.

“What hit me the hardest was, it is about silence,” she said. “It’s about trying to shut people up. It’s about saying, ‘No, no, no, just go ahead and vote.’”

She went on.

“This is going to be hard,” she said. “We don’t have the tools. There’s going to be a lot that we will lose. But I guarantee, the one thing we will not lose, we will not lose our voices.”

As Democrats strain to navigate the early days of the Trump presidency, weighing the merits of the blanket opposition that many in their base seem to crave, the latest rancor appeared to raise the likelihood of further confrontation in the Senate chamber.

Some left-leaning groups seemed comfortable with that.

“What the public needs to see from Democrats right now is more backbone and more standing on principle,” said Adam Green, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “Elizabeth Warren continues to be the model for good behavior.”

The timing is fortunate for Ms. Warren, whose fiery denunciations of corporate greed have long made her a Democratic celebrity.

Her new book deal was announced this week. Its title: “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class.” Shortly after Mr. McConnell’s objection on Tuesday, Ms. Warren called a favorite TV anchor, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, and spoke live on the air.

On Wednesday, Republicans betrayed no regret for their move, accusing Ms. Warren of ignoring repeated warnings to avoid violating the Senate rule, known as Rule XIX. She had also read a letter from Edward M. Kennedy, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate, disparaging Mr. Sessions.
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“You don’t insult — whether it be from a letter, or from a message from God, or on golden tablets,” said Senator John McCain of Arizona. “That’s the rules of the Senate. They want to complain about it, complain about it.”

Democrats and their allies resumed their protest against Mr. Sessions on Wednesday with renewed swagger, despite their long odds of blocking his confirmation.

“If Mr. McConnell or anybody else wants to deny me the right to debate Jeff Sessions’s qualifications, go for it,” Mr. Sanders said from the Senate floor hours before the vote.

Since the election, Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren have been among the lawmakers jockeying to be leading messengers for Democratic politics under the Trump administration.

There have been bumps. Last month, Ms. Warren faced rare criticism from liberals after voting in a Senate committee to approve Ben Carson as Mr. Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development, infuriating voters who had hoped for uniform opposition to Mr. Trump’s cabinet.

Defending herself on Facebook at the time, Ms. Warren wrote that she appreciated the feedback. “Unlike the new administration,” she said, “I don’t believe in ignoring or silencing people who disagree with the choices I make or the votes I take.”

This week, it seemed, all had been forgiven., the liberal political group, said it had collected about $300,000 in contributions for Ms. Warren since Tuesday night.

And by midafternoon, a fund-raising email from Ms. Warren had arrived in the inboxes of her supporters.

“I’m still banned from speaking on the Senate floor — but there’s still time for you to make your voice heard,” the email read, with a link to a page for contributions.

She signed off with a familiar message: “Keep fighting.”

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Warren seizes spotlight after GOP rebuke
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2017, 08:15:29 PM »

Warren seizes spotlight after GOP rebuke
By Alexander Bolton - 02/08/17 08:29 PM EST

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren cut off after criticising Sessions

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) decision to rebuke the Senate’s most prominent liberal woman has significantly raised the temperature in what was already a ­red-hot chamber of Congress.

The partisan back-and-forth between McConnell and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the culmination of weeks of simmering tension over President Trump’s Cabinet nominees and the latest indication that bipartisanship will be elusive in 2017.

Senate Republicans aren’t regretting the unusual Tuesday night vote to suspend Warren from the debate on Sen. Jeff Sessions’s (R-Ala.) nomination to serve as attorney general, even though it caused a media firestorm and energized the Democratic base.

For McConnell, it was about defending a colleague and friend with whom he has served since 1997 and firing a warning shot at Democrats.

Frustrations have steadily mounted within the GOP conference over Democratic maneuvers that have slowed the confirmation of Trump’s Cabinet nominees to a crawl. In addition to bogging down McConnell’s timeline, Democrats have raised a variety of questions about the ethics and competence of the nominees.

Warren, who is viewed as a top-tier 2020 presidential candidate, is usually very selective about her media interviews and generally does not engage with reporters in the Senate hallways. But on Wednesday, she went on a media blitz, which included interviews with CNN, MSNBC, ABC’s “The View” and The Hill.

“The rules are designed so that we can have tough debates about difficult issues without impugning one another’s motives,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “I promise you, if the Senate becomes a place where people routinely insult one another, Americans aren’t going to be happy.”

A senior GOP aide said, “Senate Republicans were not going to allow Democrats to turn the Senate floor into a forum for invective against a sitting member of this chamber.”

The level of partisanship in the Senate has been on the rise over the last several years, but some contend that 2017 could be the nastiest year in recent memory. For example, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called his Democratic colleagues “idiots” for not showing up to confirmation hearings, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was one of only six Democrats to reject Elaine Chao to head the Transportation Department. Chao is McConnell’s wife.

Not one Republican member on Tuesday voted against the motion to invoke Rule 19 of the chamber, which prohibits senators from impugning the motives of a colleague. The 49-43 party-line roll call promptly ended Warren’s ability to speak about Sessions on the floor.

Sen. Steve Daines, an affable Republican from Montana, was presiding over the chamber and issued a warning when Warren quoted a 1986 statement from the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) calling Sessions’s prior service as U.S. attorney a “disgrace” to the Justice Department.

After Warren went ahead and read a 30-year-old letter from Coretta Scott King accusing Sessions of “reprehensible conduct,” alleging that as a  U.S. attorney he tried to intimidate African-Americans into not voting, McConnell came to the floor to invoke the rules.

Republicans say Democrats have treated Sessions badly since the moment Trump nominated him and point to Warren as one of the primary instigators of their hardball strategy.

Immediately after Trump tapped him, Warren told her colleagues “there can be no compromise with racism; no negotiation with hate,” a reference to allegedly racist statements Sessions made decades ago as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama.

That call to arms put pressure on other Democrats to put up a fight against Trump’s nominees and led to one of the most contentious nomination process in recent memory. Only five of Trump’s Cabinet nominees had been confirmed as of Wednesday afternoon. President Obama had 12 confirmed at the same point in his first term, and President George W. Bush had 14.

Session was confirmed in a vote of 52-47 Wednesday evening.

Democratic tactics have irritated Republicans, specifically Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asking Sessions at his confirmation hearing whether he ever received an award from the Ku Klux Klan and Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) testimony against his nomination before the Judiciary panel — an unprecedented effort by a senator to derail the nomination of a sitting colleague.

“I think decorum is important in the House and the Senate,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a former member of the House. “I hope if I ever disparage any of my colleagues on the Senate floor, I hope somebody calls me on it.”

GOP aides said there was also growing pressure from their base to stand up to Democratic “obstructionism.”

“Our own side is asking, ‘Why don’t you stand up and fight for the integrity of an honorable man?’ ” said the Republican aide. “If we didn’t stand up for him, what was our base going to say?”

The effect on the liberal base, however, appeared to be more pronounced and gave Warren a lot of free press on Wednesday. Many prominent Democrats, including 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, came to her defense.

McConnell’s statement justifying the discipline — “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” — became a rallying cry for the left. On Wednesday afternoon, #ShePersisted was the top or second-highest trending hashtag on Twitter.

The Daily 202, a political blog published by The Washington Post, wrote that McConnell had given Warren’s possible 2020 presidential campaign “an in-kind contribution.”

Larry Sabato, the director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, suggested that McConnell in Machiavellian fashion had intentionally helped Warren reap a media bonanza because he thinks she would be relatively easy for Trump to beat if he faces her in the 2020 general election.

“This is a strategic player,” he said of McConnell. “It could not have possibly escaped him that telling the most prominent woman senator [to] sit down and shut up while reading a letter from Coretta Scott King would promote her among Democrats.

“Who do the Republicans say they’d like to run against in 2020? Elizabeth Warren is usually the first name mentioned,” he added. “They think she’s too far to the left and they have a lot of ways to beat her.”

He said McConnell had elevated Warren above other Democratic White House hopefuls, a handful of whom are serving in the Senate.

When asked about this theory, Warren in an interview with The Hill said, “I don’t know how I feel about that,” adding, “I think you have to ask [McConnell].”

Liberal Democrats said if that’s what McConnell’s motive was, they’re elated to see Warren’s political stock rise.

“God bless him,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), one of the Senate’s most liberal members. “May he elevate the progressive wing because I think it’s resonating powerfully with Americans.”

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), another progressive, thinks the explanation for McConnell’s disciplining of Warren is relatively simple.

“Elizabeth Warren gets the Republicans’ blood boiling. She’s hard-hitting and speaks her mind,” he said.

Republican senators on Wednesday defended McConnell. But they weren’t thrilled with the messy fight, which only further energized Democrats who on Tuesday evening appeared a little weary after conducting an all-night talkathon to protest Betsy DeVos’s nomination for secretary of Education.

Rubio said the decision to rebuke Warren was “borderline,” and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said it would have been preferable if a vote could have been avoided.

On Wednesday morning, several male Democratic colleagues read King’s letter on the Senate floor and did not receive any discipline.

Pressed on whether there is a double standard for her, Warren demurred and said, “Ask Mitch McConnell.”
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🗳️ Warren readies for 2020 run
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2018, 01:10:33 AM »
Told you she would run.  You heard it here first.


Monday’s video rollout sent a clear sign to any Democrat who wondered whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren would fight back against President Donald Trump. | Joseph Prezioso/AFP/Getty Images

Warren readies for 2020 run

The Massachusetts senator’s presidential race choreography is unmistakable.


10/15/2018 07:44 PM EDT

Updated 10/15/2018 08:40 PM EDT

At a town hall meeting last month, Sen. Elizabeth Warren finally revealed she was taking “a hard look” at running for president.

Now it’s clear just how hard she’s looking.

Monday’s grandiose, made-for-media detailing of her Native American ancestry — complete with DNA documentation — erased any questions about the Massachusetts Democrat‘s intent.

Something approaching a 2020 campaign slogan is beginning to take shape: “Persist.” Her political team rolled out a nationwide “PERSIST Project” campaign on Facebook this past June, hawking free state-specific “Persist” bumper stickers. At the progressive conference Netroots Nation in August, Warren’s team distributed signs with the single word to the audience to wave during her speech. The front page of her website currently includes a mosaic slideshow of supporters wearing “She Persisted” T-shirts.

The breadth of her national political operation was made clear in an exhaustive account on Sunday. In recent months, Warren has released 10 years of tax returns, introduced a major anti-corruption legislative package, published policy papers and even shifted from her studied avoidance of the press to stopping in the Senate hallway to take questions and taking private, off-the-record meetings with national reporters in New York and Washington.

All along, Warren has supported a sprawling network of Democratic candidates, pouring $8 million into campaigns across the country, placing staff in key races and making personal contacts with winning and losing candidates in pivotal states.
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And if the 2020 choreography wasn’t unmistakable enough, Monday’s video rollout sent a clear sign to any Democrat who wondered whether Warren would fight back against President Donald Trump, who has taunted her as “Pocahontas” and stated he would donate $1 million to Warren's charity of choice if she took a DNA test that proved her claims of Native American ancestry.

By taking the test, demanding that Trump pay the money he publicly wagered against her and wrapping it all with an expertly produced video that detailed her roots to Oklahoma Republicans, Warren went about as far toward announcing her candidacy as she could without actually saying the words.

Jim Demers, a New Hampshire-based strategist on presidential campaigns, called Warren’s moves “smart” in today’s environment.

“Once the 2018 election is over, I think the presidential race is going to bust wide open,” Demers said. “That’s mainly because the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary will literally be less than a year and a half away. That’s not a lot of time to be organizing and campaigning. Any of the potential candidates who has laid the groundwork now will see it pay off. This campaign is going to move very fast.”

While some Democrats criticized Warren for distracting from November‘s midterms, her moves were in keeping with a flurry of recent positioning moves by potential 2020 candidates.

“You want to get out early enough so you can raise the money you need and lock in the political support you need but you also don’t want to appear getting out too early before a midterm election,” former Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said. “I assume that’s the needle they’re trying to thread here.”

Democratic strategist and former adviser to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, Patti Solis Doyle called the video release a savvy play by Warren, allowing her to get out her message, signal she would stand up to Trump and take potential backers on a tour of her family background and professional credentials.
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But Doyle also questioned Warren’s timing, saying her actions are different than other 2020 contenders who are laying the groundwork by campaigning in early presidential states.

“With a wink and a nod they’re going to Iowa campaigning for Democrats who are in serious races,” Solis Doyle said of other Democrats in the field. “You can’t even with a wink and a nod say this is for anyone but Elizabeth Warren, in defense of Elizabeth Warren, promoting Elizabeth Warren.”

Warren, who is in a reelection contest of her own — and still staring at three debates in the campaign homestretch — has not yet visited Iowa, and, as of now, has no events scheduled there before the midterm elections.

The Massachusetts senator has sent out emails on behalf of local candidates, offered financial support and in upcoming days, is set to take part in a conference call as part of the Iowa coordinated Democratic campaign.

Still, she risks getting outpaced in Iowa by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, who has already has stormed the state, and other top potential candidates including Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kamala Harris of California, who are scheduled to stump for candidates there next week.

“They were waiting for somebody to go first, Sen. Booker went first. Sen. Harris is coming,” Iowa campaign strategist Matt Paul said of possible 2020 contenders visiting the first presidential state. “The door is open. If [Warren] put out a video like this, it only makes sense she follow it up with a visit.”

As Monday’s rollout made clear, Warren’s “Pocahontas” problem still hasn’t been fully resolved. Her submission to a DNA test comes after six years of trying to find another way to defuse the issue.

Trump reignited it during the 2016 campaign as Warren became a high profile surrogate for Hillary Clinton. The president’s incessant taunts — combined with deep reporting in early 2018 by The Boston Globe — helped prompt Warren to give a speech to the National Congress of American Indians in February 2018 where she attacked Trump for “reducing Native history, Native culture, Native people to the butt of a joke.”
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She then promised the group that “[e]very time someone brings up my family’s story, I’m going to use it to lift up the story of your families and your communities.”

On Monday, Republicans — led by the president — showed every sign they weren’t about to let it drop, despite reports and former superiors supporting Warren’s claim that she received no special treatment for her claims of Native American heritage while a university professor.

“Senator Warren’s latest ‘disclosure’ is a glaring signal that she recognizes this issue is going to be a major problem for her all-but-announced presidential campaign,” Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Reed said in a statement.

Donald Trump Jr., often the tip of the spear for White House attacks, also chimed in about Warren’s disclosure: “I’m gonna go out in a limb here and say she did it to get favorable treatment throughout her career. The real shame is that those benefits could have gone to someone who was way more than 0.0009765% maybe Native American. #fraud.”

The president, who denied Monday that he had wagered $1 million despite a public statement to the contrary, said he welcomed a presidential challenge from Warren while talking to reporters on the South Lawn.

“I hope she's running for president because I think she would be very easy," Trump said. "I do not think she would be difficult at all. She'll destroy the country. She'll make our country into Venezuela. With that being said, I don't want to say bad things about her because I would hope that she would be one of the people that would get through the process. It's going to be a long process for the Democrats.”
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Re: 🗳️ Warren readies for 2020 run
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2018, 03:43:42 AM »
Told you she would run.  You heard it here first.


I can find things to like about the lady.

Her calling the bankster shit to task is a most admirable, and for a politician courageous action.

She also seems like a person who protect and listen to be being scammed by the maggots that have become monopolies and are screwing us in every direction possible with their illegal power.

Don't get me wrong I am hardly an ardent supporter over my favorite Rand Paul, but most certainly a major improvement over the Clinton's and their clan.

Rand I'm afraid is lacking in Charisma that is so needed in what has become our election media circus. The Dim need show people to capture their attention.   


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