“Elizabeth is not going to walk though that door talking,” said Byron Dorgan, a former Democratic senator from North Dakota, who has known Warren for years. “She is really smart and will come through the Senate door with an agenda, but she is also very capable of trying to work through issues and learn in the Senate and will do that quickly.”
As she spends the coming weeks making the transition from candidate to senator, Warren may be torn about how to approach the job, said G. Calvin Mackenzie, a professor of government at Colby College.
“Who knows what she’s going to do there?” McKenzie said. “Does she want to be a senator for the next 10 years? Does she want to run for president or does she want to be the liberal darling here? She probably doesn’t have an answer to that. Politics is full of opportunities that you seize or don’t seize.”