Elizabeth Warren might have been the most qualified candidate for President in my lifetime.
She started out teaching students with disabilities, then law school while raising children. She studied law with an emphasis on economics, and one of her early insights was that rising bankruptcy rates were not the result of wild consumer spending but instead middle-class families’ trying to buy homes in good school districts. Her published works centered around the idea that most bankruptcies were rarely cases of people working the system, but instead a systemic breakdown of the system itself.
A graduate of Rutgers Law, in 2011 she was Harvard’s only tenured law professor who had attended law school at an American public university.
There’s an old saying, anyone who isn’t a socialist before 30 has no heart, anyone after 30 has no brain. Warren’s friends described her early years as a hard-core conservative, a proponent of laissez-faire economics. She voted Republican up til 1996. But like any intelligent person with a soul, she was open to change. Warren came to realize that the Republican Party was no longer “principled in its conservative approach to economics and to markets” and is instead tilting the playing field in favor of large financial institutions and against middle-class American families.”
Principled to the end, she won’t be a US President. And that is our loss. But I doubt we have heard the last of Senator Elizabeth Warren.