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The Boston Globe article wasn't an endorsement for an Elizabeth Warren presidential run
by Nathan'ette Burdine: April 11, 2015

The Boston Globe article “supporting” a presidential run by Elizabeth Warren is not a praise of Warren’s political abilities in the manner in which some believe it is.

Read the article again and you will see that the Boston Globe Editorial Board is really saying, “Run Warren, Hillary needs a political sparring partner.”

In the article’s first paragraph, the Boston Globe lets it be known that possible 2016 Democratic Presidential candidates like former Senator Jim Webb from Virginia and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will not make good political sparring partners for the former Secretary of State.

The Boston Globe wrote that it will be “a big mistake” to allow these fellas to be Clinton’s opposition, and that the Democrats must have someone like Warren in the race if they want Clinton to be in top notch political shape when she faces her Republican opponent.

“Democrats would be making a big mistake if they let Hillary Clinton coast to the presidential nomination without any real opposition, and, as a national leader, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren can make sure that doesn’t happen,” wrote the Boston Globe.

As is evident in the quote, The Boston Globe doesn’t base Warren’s value on her leadership skills but on her voice.

And nowhere is this more obvious than the title of the article which reads, “Democrats need Elizabeth Warren’s voice in 2016 presidential race.”

Notice that the title of the article doesn’t say, “Democrats need Elizabeth Warren in order to win the 2016 presidential race.”

The reason why the title doesn’t read as the latter is because Warren is not a true contender for the Democratic nomination.

Like many of the other candidates, Warren doesn’t have the years of experience on the national stage as Clinton does and Warren’s experience with foreign policy is weak.

Clinton has served as a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, which is a position six former presidents served in before they became president.

Warren is just seen as someone who will be a good spokeswoman for the Progressive wing of the Democratic Party, and thus a good political sparring partner for Clinton.

Or, as the Boston Globe puts it, “If she runs, it’ll ensure that those issues [progressive issues] take their rightful place at the center of the national political debate.”

Basically, Warren will be to Democrats what Senator Ted Cruz is to Republicans, which is a voice for the counter-culture within their political parties.

Unfortunately, presidential candidates can’t win if they are the voice of one group. Presidential candidates must be leaders, which is a quality that the Boston Globe subtly notes that Warren doesn’t have.

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