Good News: Elizabeth Warren Is One Step Closer to Launching Senate Run Against Scott Brown

Anti-Wall Street crusader, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau creator, and all-around awesome person Elizabeth Warren has launched an exploratory committee for a potential Senate run against Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown. As Mother Jonesreports, this is "the likely prelude to a full-scale campaign." Finally, some potentially good news for consumers!

More about the likely race from MoJo:

Brown, who pulled off a stunning upset of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2010 to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, is one of the Democrats' biggest 2012 targets. And Warren, with her reputation as an anti-Wall Street crusader, has been floated as a dream candidate since the day Brown was sworn in. As Glen Johnson noted, Warren has already staffed up in advance of a run, and picked up the support of a third-party fundraising outfit based out of Washington.

The big question now is: can she win? First she'll have to make it through the Democratic primary, of course, which is a fairly crowded field, and then she'll have to beat Brown himself, who is relatively popular in the state. But she has a decent chance, thanks to her strong following among progressives. Jena McGregor at the Washington Post:

Ironically, Warren has something Brown now doesn’t, at least to the same extent: Passion from her followers. Yes, Scott Brown may have been an early harbinger that the Tea Party movement was a force to be reckoned with, able to turn Kennedy’s seat from blue to red in what may be the most progressive state in the county. But the Tea Party has soured on Brown since then, putting him on target lists and accusing him of throwing it under the bus for his critiques of budget cuts.

Meanwhile, the fervor progressives feel for Warren is a rare thing in a Washington plagued with a 12 percent approval rating for Congress and a Democratic party that’s falling out of love with its president. The widespread disillusionment with both parties’ handling of the debt ceiling drama and the economy, and with their ability to put citizens’ needs over party or corporate interests, makes excitement over a candidate a powerful force indeed.

Go get 'em, Warren.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at August 19, 2011, 5:47am

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