For US Senator Elizabeth Warren, staying out of the race between US Senator Bernie Sanders and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the easiest path. But will she regret it?
Even if you take Warren at her word — that she generally dislikes the game of today’s politics — there have to be moments when she wonders what would have happened had she taken her populist progressive message and applied it to a ready-made populist progressive Democratic campaign.
That Democratic campaign appears to be headed toward an inflection point on Super Tuesday, when 11 states will vote on a nominee. Among the states that are voting are Oklahoma, where Warren grew up; Texas, where she lived and taught law for many years; and Massachusetts, the state she represents in the US Senate.
If she endorsed Sanders now, it would breathe new life into a campaign that is headed into a string of losses. An endorsement for Clinton would effectively seal the deal on her nomination.
Warren has repeatedly said she would endorse someone in the Democratic primary, but time is running out for her to make an impact with her decision. More importantly to her, there might be no other moment when she can wield this type of leverage over a potential president of the United States.
In 2017, when she is fighting on the floor of the US Senate for some bill or regulation, will she regret that she didn’t advance that particular cause more by striking a deal in late February 2016?James Pindell can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell. Click here to subscribe to his daily e-mail update on the 2016 campaign.