5 Reasons Hillary Clinton Shouldn’t Worry Too Much About Elizabeth Warren

The progressive senator has been called the former secretary of State’s “nightmare,” but there simply isn’t much room to the left of Clinton.

Sen.Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton are seated before Kerry's confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 24, 2013.
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Alex Seitz Wald
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Alex Seitz-Wald
April 24, 2014, 10:30 a.m.

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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