Sen. Elizabeth Warren is attracting plenty of attention this week with a new book out that many observers speculate is a place-setter for a potential 2016 presidential run. While the Massachusetts Democrat has said repeatedly that she’s not running, some think she could capitalize on a restive Democratic base’s discontent with presumptive frontrunner Hillary Clinton and become, as the New Republic dubbed Warren, “Hillary’s nightmare.”
Matt Bai of Yahoo! has a reality check on the Warren bubble Thursday. But here are five more reasons anyone running to the left of Clinton in a 2016 Democratic primary may turn around to find their army gone:
1) A Fox News poll from April found that just 6 percent of self-described liberals think Clinton is “too conservative.” That’s compared with 13 percent who think she’s too liberal.
2) A CNN poll from March asked Democrats and independents who lean Democratic which of a list of potential candidates were they most likely to support. Almost three-quarters of liberals chose Clinton. Warren’s name was not on the list; 4 percent chose “someone else.”
3) An ABC News/Washington Post poll from January found that 92 percent of liberal Democrats had a favorable opinion of Clinton, including 74 percent who had a strongly favorable opinion.
4) A Pew Research Center/USA Today poll from January found that 87 percent of liberal Democrats said they want Clinton to run for president. Nearly as many — 83 percent — said it was likely they would vote for her.
5) A Quinnipiac Poll in January asked Democrats and Democratic leaners for whom they would vote from a list of potential candidates. Sixty-five percent chose Clinton, while 7 percent chose Warren. Four out of five liberals said they thought Clinton would make a good president.
Bottom line: There simply isn’t much room to Clinton’s left, and most of the Democratic base seems to pretty happy with Clinton.
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