Elizabeth Warren, President Obama’s consumer finance and protection guru, has entered the race for the US Senate seat currently held by Republican Scott Brown. Within days of her announcement, Warren was at the top of the polls and the darling of the press and liberal Democrats.
Warren, a Harvard Law professor, not only adds a capable and intelligent woman to the field of Democratic candidates, but also adds Washington experience fighting the fight against Republican intransigence and their over the top support for big banks and credit card companies.
Although there are other candidates in the field, it is Elizabeth Warren who has the star power and the media interest. Already the national media has anointed her as the only Democrat capable of beating Scott Brown. Brown is the solid favorite to win a full six year term, but the Democrats are counting on Warren to make the case that the guy who drove a pick-up truck to victory is no champion of the middle class, but instead is a crony of the rich and powerful.
Warren, however, is untested as a candidate. She has already made a few minor miscues in her talks with pundits and her ability to get through the hard slog of a campaign is yet to be determined. Some say that Warren does not have the ability to appeal to male voters, especially the union guys in the state who went for Brown, against their self-interests.
Just because Warren is the darling of the media does not mean she is the darling of the voters. The other guys in the race for the Democratic nomination will not be pushovers and will quickly point out that Warren is an elitist academic who really cannot connect with everyday people.
There is no doubt that the Democrats in this state and around the country see this race against Scott Brown as winnable and critical. Taking back the Kennedy seat is a must if the Democrats are going to show the nation that they still have the ability to appeal to the voters on liberal issues. Watch Elizabeth Warren and watch this Senate race. The Democrats will pull out all the stops.