With Democratic Senate candidates wary of being seen alongside President Obama and his middling popularity, US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is taking advantage of that power vacuum to solidify her national prominence.
Warren has been flexing her fundraising and campaigning muscle in recent weeks, as she is in West Virginia on Monday to promote Democrat Natalie Tennant’s Senate bid then heads to Michigan later this week to campaign for another Senate hopeful there, Gary Peters. She most recently campaigned in Kentucky alongside Alison Lundergan Grimes, with the two waving and smiling to a crowd of supporters (photo above).
Contrast Warren’s bevy of appearances to President Obama’s trip to Colorado last week. There, Sen. Mark Udall did not attend the Commander-in-Chief’s speech, and Udall’s campaign did not allow news cameras in their private fundraiser. There would be no photos of the two together, which could have proven to be a liability to Udall given Obama’s approval rating stuck in the low-to-mid 40s. “The decision is likely to spark new questions about the political risks for vulnerable Democrats in being linked with an increasingly unpopular president,’’ Politico wrote.
That Presidential unpopularity, combined with Hillary Clinton’s hesitancy to get down and dirty in the 2014 campaign season, has thrust Warren into the Democratic spotlight. Warren is “free of some of the political albatrosses’’ carried by Obama and Clinton, the Associated Press notes, giving her more freedom to campaign in state races. Her +9 favorability rating doesn’t hurt either. “She produces enormous, almost celebrity-like, enthusiasm from supporters,’’ Buzzfeed writes. Warren’s celebrity is only set to get brighter in the coming campaign season.