The draft Elizabeth Warren group “Run Warren Run” announced Tuesday that it would be suspending their efforts on June 8th. Although, the organization announced that it was ending its efforts to draft Elizabeth Warren for president, Run Warren Run declared victory for transforming the American political landscape with Warren’s populist message.
MoveOn.org Political Action Executive Director Ilya Sheyman and Democracy for America Executive Director Charles Chamberlain, outlined the goals of the draft Warren movement in the days ahead as follows:
Going forward, the hundreds of thousands of us who joined Run Warren Run will pour our energies into standing and fighting by Warren’s side. And there are many fights afoot. We’ll help wage the battle against fast-track authority for the special-interest wish-fulfillment machine known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We’ll stand with workers demanding higher wages and the right to organize. And we’ll keep lifting up the voices of those calling for a country where education is not synonymous with debt, where Social Security can live up to its name, and where money does not equal speech—or buy overwhelming influence.
They also noted that several of the Democratic candidates who are running for President have adopted some of Warren’s ideas. For example, Hillary Clinton has sounded a populist tone by using phrases like “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top”, acknowledging the serious problem of income inequality in America. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley kicked off his campaign by calling for putting corrupt Wall Street Bankers behind bars. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders entered the race, giving the nation a strong progressive voice in the presidential race, who will highlight many of the same issues Senator Warren has fought for with such passion.
Ultimately, it is probably Sanders’ entry into the race that took the wind out of the draft Warren campaign’s sails. While the two Senators share similar views on political issues, there is one key difference separating them. Warren had no desire to run for President in 2016, while Sanders did, albeit not without some reluctance.
Run Warren Run, however, is less about Elizabeth Warren as a personality than it is about transforming American politics to make the politicians more responsive to ordinary people. Sanders, and to a lesser extent, Clinton and O’Malley, have taken up the populist mantle, and started to articulate Warren’s vision for a more progressive America. While it is certainly premature to declare victory, it is clear that Elizabeth Warren’s message has not been lost on the Democratic field, and that alone is cause for hope as we approach the 2016 election.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.