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Elizabeth Warren’s Fight for Bigger Government
Her new book is a campaign pitch that will echo all the way from Boston to Cambridge.


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But she also leaves little doubt as to who she thinks “the good guys” are. One sentence went a little something like this:

“Politics so often felt dirty to me – all the lobbyists and cozy dealings and the special favors for those who could buy access. But as I stood in the lobby [after meeting Senator Ted Kennedy], I felt as if I’d been washed clean.”

Ick!

Other “good guys” honored with a shoutout include Emily’s List, the League of Conservation Voters, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, MoveOn.org, the Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Progressives United, and union after union after union, from the Teamsters to the AFL-CIO.

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And Ms. Warren is clear who the enemies are as well. She breaks clean with the feel-good campaign books and names sitting congressmen to her enemies list, which includes Republican senator Richard Shelby and Republican House members Jeb Hensarling, Patrick McHenry, and even the recently arrested Michael Grimm, who aroused Warren’s ire by being a Marine Corps veteran and former FBI agent who said he doesn’t believe in big-government solutions.

Not enough of us want to be government bureaucrats, she laments: “Just ask a bunch of the brightest college kids: ‘How many of you dream of working for the federal government someday?’ Not enough hands go up.”

Ms. Warren’s potential campaign for president is laid out in the third part, on her 2010 Senate race against Senator Scott Brown, a man whose cardinal sin seems to be that he’s a Republican who pulled off the improbable feat of getting Bay State voters to vote him into Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat.

It’s hard to otherwise explain how she could tell the poor souls she met on the trail in deeply Democratic Massachusetts, under a Democratic Senate with a progressive president, that things will be better if only they elect her.

But then, Warren’s faith in government is informed by decades in the university and years in regulation, and she is an outspoken defender of the state, lamenting that “over the past generation or two, many Americans had come to believe that government service was synonymous with bureaucracy and complacency. . . . Every dismissive comment . . . had left a small cut.”

We don’t know if Ms. Warren will run for president yet. But she is the Democrat who won Massachusetts — the sky’s the limit.

— Christopher Bedford is the managing editor of The Daily Caller. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.



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