While Hillary Clinton is finishing work on her latest book, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has stepped up to raise millions of dollars for Senate Democratic candidates in 2014.
According to The Hill:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has emerged as one of the top fundraisers for Senate Democratic candidates in the midterm election campaign, filling a void left by the absence of Hillary Clinton.
Warren, who was elected to her first term in 2012, has already raised more than $2.3 million for Senate Democratic candidates this election cycle, according to her staff. She has also transferred $100,000 from her campaign account to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).
“She’s the biggest draw so far,” said a Senate Democratic campaign aide, referring to Warren’s knack for getting donors to open up their checkbooks.
“She’s stepping into a vacuum, which politics abhors,” said Peter Ubertaccio, a political science professor at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. “Clinton is the leading woman in her party. Warren is someone who is competing for that role.
“Warren has become a much greater factor in the Democratic Party than anyone could have foreseen just a couple of years ago,” he added.
It is an incorrect statement to say that Warren and Clinton are competing to lead women in the Democratic Party. According to a 2012 Pew study, 57% of the Democratic base is women. Sen. Warren and former Sec. Clinton aren’t competing to lead women. They are leading the Democratic Party.
What this means for Warren is that she is helping to get other Democrats elected, and becoming a force within the party. Warren is much more liberal than Clinton is, but the party needs both kinds of leadership. Sen. Warren has said repeatedly that she is not running for president in 2016, but this doesn’t mean that she is going to sit on her hands in the Senate.
Warren is on the way up, and everyone should be able to agree that a future led by Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren will be a bright one for Democrats.