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The measures of books written by politicians are never simply literary.

Books written by the women and men who might, maybe, just possibly run for president are invariably judged by electoral standards.

So it is that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's fine new book, A Fighting Chance, will be assessed both for its composition and for its potential to spark the popular uprising that might make a reasonably populist Democrat a contender for the presidency, the vice presidency or a top cabinet post in a next administration.

Warren says she is not running for president in the 2016 Democratic nomination contest that too many pundits have already decided will be won by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- just as they had already decided the 2008 nomination fight for Clinton. Warren's statements have been consistent in that regard. On the CBS Sunday Morning program this week, she was pressed repeatedly on the issue. "I'm not running for president," Warren reiterated, cutting her interviewer off with a warning that "you can ask it lots of different ways" and still get the same answer.

Warren has a reputation as a straight shooter. But even straight shooters have been known to resist entreaties to seek the presidency, or to accept an invitation to join a national ticket, right up to the point at which they hear the siren call.

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"Warren has a reputation as a straight shooter.""L... by Natalie Oberman on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 12:14:35 AM
I am personally 1/8th Cherokee.  I have never... by Pal Palsimon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 3:23:52 AM
what next Natalie? Will you tell us that Elizabeth... by Rob Kall on Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 9:19:47 AM
This article does not tell us very much about spec... by Pal Palsimon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 3:14:49 AM
Warren for Hillery's vice president!!!!  Then... by Shirley Braverman on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 1:08:19 PM
I don't think the women's time has come yet, espec... by Pal Palsimon on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:16:28 PM
Pal, it really doesn't matter what we think or wan... by Shirley Braverman on Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 6:09:30 PM
Sen Clinton has demonstrated her inability to do t... by BFalcon on Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 6:36:28 PM
Obviously you have not read my posts about Bernie.... by Pal Palsimon on Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 12:56:14 AM
Sen Warren should become our next president. Unfor... by BFalcon on Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 4:31:18 AM
I find myself in total agreement wirh Bfalcon on t... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 8:39:37 AM