The Political Rise of Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren may not be a household name, but she’s well on her way to becoming one. Readers who make an effort to stay-up on politics will recognize her name as one of the most vocal liberal voices calling for financial regulation in the wake of the banking crisis. And now it seems she may be to ride that reputation all the way to the U.S. Senate.

Warren, a Harvard Law professor, first rose to prominence while working on the Congressional Oversight Panel that oversaw the U.S. banking bailout. She was one of the first advocates for the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which was created by last year’s Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In fact, President Obama originally nominated her to head up the new financial regulatory agency, but Congressional Republicans blocked her confirmation to the position (they felt her pro-regulatory approach was anti-business). So Warren was essentially banished to role of advisor, helping the President and Treasury Secretary on the formation of the CFPB without actually being able to officially work for the agency she had championed.

And that’s about where it seems that Elizabeth Warren’s career in Washington ended, until earlier this month when she announced her candidacy for the upcoming Senate election in Massachusetts, challenging Scott Brown. At first, Warren seemed a bit of long shot to unseat Brown, but then her campaign went viral.

It seems Warren was speaking at small campaign event hosted at a supporter’s house. She began talking about the claims of class warfare by the GOP in regards to the President’s push to repeal the Bush-era tax cuts. And like most everything else in the twenty-first century, some one filmed it and uploaded it to YouTube. You can check it out below.

And wouldn’t you know it, the video became a sensation in the liberal blogosphere. Warren’s polling is now showing signs of improvement. So it looks like maybe more people are learning the name Elizabeth Warren.

[Pic via Flickr - Edward Kimmel]

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