Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Washington, D.C. last week. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- To the surprise of no one, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she will take a “hard look” at running for president after the election, a premature confession that is now sure to be an issue in her Senate re-election bid.
Her Republican challenger, State Rep. Geoff Diehl, immediately called on her to resign from the Senate to “pursue her real interest,” and he will try to tap into longstanding voter irritation with the Potomac fever of local pols.
Whether or not any backlash will be matched and outweighed by Warren supporters more eager than ever to give her a boost remains to be seen.
Warren said she was furious over the whole Brett Kavanaugh debacle and what she called a double standard that dismisses the anger of women while celebrating Kavanaugh’s outrage.
Her quote: “I am angry, and I own it.”
OK. But what if being angry isn’t what the 2020 election will be all about?
Let’s assume for a moment that the Democrats win at least the House this fall.
That would mean no more progress for President Trump and the Republicans on most if not all of their big promises. The 40% or so support won with a booming economy and no new wars or foreign terror will be their ceiling. And the partisan acrimony will boil even hotter.
What are the odds that exhausted swing voters will be looking for healing and relative peace by November 2020, not the white-hot anger of Trumpism and, by her own account, the Warrenism to come?
I believe Warren is sincere about her fury.
But is that a path to winning the next battle, or just avenging old ones?
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