When Elizabeth Warren agreed to serve as one of Hillary Clinton’s primary surrogates, it left some progressives scratching their heads. After all, what could Elizabeth Warren, whose policies more closely align with Bernie Sanders’s than the designated nominee’s, get out of a Hillary Clinton alliance?
It turns out that Elizabeth Warren’s deal with the Clinton campaign gives her more control than progressives could have reasonably expected.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Warren has been working overtime behind the scenes, using her alliances with left-leaning special interest groups and non-profits to scout out potential progressive new hires for a Clinton administration. In a recent speech to the Center for American Progress, she touted her plan to make sure no Wall Street cronies or moderate Democrats get key assignments.
“When we talk about personnel, we don’t mean advisers who just pay lip service to Hillary’s bold agenda, coupled with a sigh, a knowing glance, and the twiddling of thumbs until it’s time for the next swing through the revolving door, serving government and then going back to the very same industries they regulate,” she said.
And Warren’s road-map to taking over the Clinton Cabinet comes with built in security. The same organizations — mostly labor unions and traditional non-profits — who are helping Warren compile her list, intend to serve as security for the plan. They’re already vowing to help allies in the Senate block any nominee that doesn’t meet their standard, or doesn’t come from their list of vetted candidates.
This isn’t the first time Elizabeth Warren has mentioned her “personnel is policy” plan. She wrote about how getting more progressives involved at every layer of executive government could help push even a centrist government leftward.
You can probably see it now: Secretary of Commerce Bernie Sanders, Secretary of the Interior Jill Stein.
Being in on the ground floor of Clinton’s operation gives her the opportunity to do just that. If Clinton takes the White House on the backs of progressives who’ve shifted their vote from Bernie Sanders (or resisted the urge to back the Green Party), she’ll have earned enough cachet to become a power-broker. Clinton will have the Presidency, and Elizabeth Warren will have all the control.