Waiting on Elizabeth Warren

Associated Press photos of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).

When will Sen. Elizabeth Warren come off the sidelines?

The cake looks pretty well baked in New Hampshire: All polls point to avictory by neighboring-state Sen. Bernie Sanders. His numbers are lower in the next few primary states, but his campaign has raised enough to allow him to compete for months. It’s likely to be a while before we know whether he or former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee.

The Associated Press reported Monday that the Massachusetts senator is “using her leverage as liberal icon to focus the two Democratic presidential rivals on her populist agenda” and that “Privately, many Democrats said they wonder whether Warren regrets not running herself when she sees how competitive Sanders, her ideological doppelganger, has been.” Ms. Warren is the only female senator who has not endorsed Mrs. Clinton, the article noted.

I don’t know why Ms. Warren is holding back. A lengthy Democratic primary process is more to Republicans’ advantage than to Democrats’.

Republicans at all levels have pledged that the first acts of a GOP-held White House would include reversing accomplishments of the Obama administration. That means repealing or dismantling the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. President Barack Obama has bolstered gun protections and immigration law and established a minimum wage for federal contractors. He has helped advance social issues such as same-sex marriage.

Elizabeth Warren is a powerful figure in the Democratic Party. Will she weigh in to boost Democrats’ chances of advancing this agenda, or will she continue to stand by and watch the primary contest play out?

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