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Wed Sep 9, 2020, 09:42 AM

Elizabeth Warren For Attorney General [View all]

'Elizabeth Warren for Attorney General.' By Thor Benson, Sept. 9, 2020. Alternet.

Sen. Kamala Harrisís selection to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee last month led to speculation about which stars from the primaries may end up in Joe Bidenís administration if he wins in November. One person whoís received a lot of attention is Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Some say Warren should stay in the Senate, and perhaps become Senate Majority Leader, and others have suggested that Warren become Treasury Secretary.

Though Warren has shown the ability to bridge the divide between centrists and progressives, leading the Senate could be a waste of her passion, as she would have to focus her energy on uniting these factions rather than simply fighting for what she thinks is the best path forward. It also seems unlikely at this point that she would be able to snatch that position from Sen. Chuck Schumer. Progressives generally see Schumer as feckless and a poor communicator, but heís built ample support within his caucus as an effective fundraiser, hasnít made any glaring errors and is likely to become Majority Leader if Democrats win the chamber.

Many on the left have expressed concern over the idea of Warren leaving the Senate because Massachusetts has a Republican governor who would pick her replacement. However, thatís not necessarily true. First of all, even if he did get to put a Republican in that seat, there would be a special election within five months that would almost surely be won by a Democrat. More importantly, the Massachusetts legislature is known for changing the rules to make sure Democratic Senate seats stay Democratic, so the seat could stay blue either way.

So the question that remains is where sheíd best fit. There is some appeal to making Warren Treasury secretary, but I donít think itís the best role for her in a Biden administration. In that position, Warren would be doing everything from enforcing federal tax and finance laws to overseeing Wall St. to managing the countryís debt. While it would be great to have a progressive in this role, it would limit her power. She could influence Americaís economic policy and possibly rein in Wall St. to some degree, Treasury isnít an independent agency and she would ultimately be implementing Bidenís plans. If Warren does join the Biden administration, Attorney General would be a position where sheíd have wide-ranging powers and a lot of independence. Before becoming a senator, Warren was an influential legal scholar...

More, https://www.alternet.org/2020/09/elizabeth-warren-for-attorney-general/

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