Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) star is on the rise. Future Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is in talks with Warren to create a special Senate Democratic leadership position just for her.
According to Politico, “The incoming Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, is engaged in private talks with the Massachusetts freshman to create a special leadership post for the former Harvard professor, according to several people familiar with the matter. It’s unclear exactly what the new job would entail — but luring the populist liberal into leadership could inject fresh blood into a team reeling from significant midterm election losses.”
Warren would be a fresh face in Democratic Senate leadership who would bring her fiery style to the Democratic message. The desire to elevate Sen. Warren suggests that Democrats are going to be strongly attacking the Republican majority, and are looking for a powerful voice that can sharpen their message.
The fact that Reid and Warren are discussing this new position is another indicator that the first term senator is considering a run for the White House in 2016. Instead of hiding in the corner, Democrats appear to be coming at Mitch McConnell with everything they’ve got.
Democrats are going to be able to go on offense now that they are in the Senate minority. Democrats will no longer have to answer for why legislation is not being passed. The gridlock that Mitch McConnell created is the Republican Party’s problem now.
Sen. Warren is the perfect opposition voice to have out front and center in the lead up to 2016. Senate Democrats need change after their 2014 defeat, and Elizabeth Warren is the ideal person to lead the caucus’ new direction.