Elizabeth Warren . . . The Next Senate Majority Leader?

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Since it has been established that Senator Elizabeth Warren is not running for President of the United States in 2016, maybe she can make a run for something else instead: Senate Majority Leader come 2017.

Now, this is just an idea. Certainly Democrats will have an uphill battle to fight in the 2016 election (that’s if thy actually show up to vote). Republicans picked up an impressive majority in the Senate on 2014 when a whopping 66 percent of the population neglected to vote. Polls show that turnout is rather small unless it’s a presidential election year. Thankfully, 2016 is.

Politico wrote a very interesting article telling Mitch McConnell not to get too comfortable. There are 5 prospects Politico has observed:

  1. The 2016 presidential and Senate target states are almost perfectly aligned.
  2. A state’s vote for a senate candidate increasingly mirrors the vote for President.
  3. Changing demographics and increased turnout during a presidential election year will benefit all Democrats on the ballot.
  4. Senate math favors Democrats.
  5. The party that controls the White House will have at least a 50/50 Senate.

The prospects for next year’s election could spell trouble, as key states that a Democrat (most likely Hillary) will need to pick up for the presidency may also be picked up by Democrats who are eyeing the Senate. Those states are: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The “Senate math” in the fourth point means that Republicans have 24 seats to defend while Democrats only have 10. Of the 10 the Democrats have to defend, only Colorado’s and Nevada’s is seen as competitive.

Politico’s article rightfully points out the demographic advantage for Democrats if they just show up to vote:

As the country has become more diverse, the share of white voters in the electorate has dropped from 88 percent of all voters in 1992 to 72 percent in 2012. In a presidential election year, we can also expect higher participation rates among African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians, as well as young people — voter groups that traditionally benefit Democrats all the way down the ballot. In the 2014 midterm elections, young voters made up only 13 percent of the overall electorate; in the 2012 presidential election they made up 19 percent.

Being that it is an election year, with a woman being the front-runner for the Democrats, a progressive turnout could pick up the nine seats needed to take back the Senate, and then some.

Which is where Elizabeth Warren comes in. Harry Reid, 30-year veteran of the Senate and former Majority Leader, is retiring. Should the Democrats regain control, they will need to elect a new Majority Leader. That Majority Leader should and needs to be Elizabeth Warren. A firebrand progressive with nothing to lose (chances are she will be re-elected in 2018), Warren is exactly who we need as a Leader in the Senate: she has no corporate favors to be owed, she will take on her own party if she doesn’t agree with their choices or ideas (TPP, Treasury nominees).

Progressives, you may not see Warren in the White House this go-around, but you can push to have her become the next Senate Majority Leader if you get out and vote this next election. Imagine if we voted out Senators Kelly Ayotte (N.H) Pat Toomey (Pa.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa). And imagine if we could fill Rubio’s vacancy with another Democrat.

This is our chance to not only continue Democratic control of the White House, but take back the Senate and make Elizabeth Warren the most powerful Democrat in Congress.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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