It's Bay State's turn for Warren's attention

What’s so bad about being United States senator from Massachusetts?

Ed Markey likes the gig, he’s been at it for seven years, and just reupped for another six after winning re-election.

But Elizabeth Warren’s been sending out her political resume for years.

At first the job search was subtle, as in her 2016 visit to the “Rachel Maddow Show,” where she endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. She then laughed off the suggestion of being Clinton’s vice president, saying that she loved her current gig.

She was later asked a hypothetical: If she were VP, did she think she could step up and be commander-in-chief if needed. Warren responded: “yes, I do.”

The seed was planted.

When Warren ran for re-election to the Senate in 2018, the White House was on her mind, and she announced she was going to mull a run for president right after the November election. As the Herald reported, Warren told the crowd at a town hall event, “Time’s up. It’s time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government, and that includes a woman at the top. So here’s what I promise: After Nov. 6, I will take a hard look at running for president.”

In other words, I hope to land this job, but I’m already looking for my next one.

A little over three months later, on Feb. 9, 2019, Warren announced her candidacy in the 2020 presidential election.

Her Massachusetts constituents have had to share her with the national stage as Warren crisscrossed the country in search of votes. Her fight against Donald Trump has been on the front burner, and the Bay State has been simmering along.

President-elect ’s victory offered a glimmer of hope for a Cabinet position — another chance to do a little house-hunting in D.C.

As Politico reported,  “Elizabeth Warren wants to be ’s Treasury secretary and will make her case for it if he wins next week, according to three Democratic officials who have spoken with her inner circle. ‘She wants it,’ two of them said matter-of-factly.”

The job went to Janet Yellen instead.

Now it looks like Warren will have to dance with the one that brought her.

Is that really so bad?

There’s work to be done for the Bay State — we need funding for a plethora of needs, from infrastructure to education. Businesses have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and charities are stretched thin trying to help those who’ve lost their livelihood. We could use another ally in Washington, especially one who is a Friend of Joe (not enough to land the Treasury job, but still).

Warren’s term is up in 2025, which could mean four-plus years of being top of mind with the senator — a good prospect for constituents.

Unless, of course, the siren song of the Oval Office calls again before the 2024 presidential election. She’d be 75, three years younger than Biden, and four years younger than are now.

We have nothing against ambition, but no one likes to be considered a stepping stone.

Warren was re-elected to the Senate two years ago — she should serve out her term in that capacity.

But if the lure of another crack at the presidency proves too strong inching up to 2024, well, thanks for stopping by.

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