Moveon.org has polled its members, who have overwhelmingly decided that they want the organization to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for the Democratic nomination for president. In what is no doubt a completely unrelated event, Howard Dean published a piece on Politico the same day declaring himself to be "ready for Hillary." The country requires, Dean wrote, "a thoughtful [p]resident who will appoint judges and justices who will stand up for the Constitution and the law instead of catering to the dictates of those who fund the right-wing Federalist Society." Translation: better a centrist Democrat who wins the election than an economic populist who loses and allows a Republican to fill the next two Supreme Court vacancies.
Dean, who has appealed to left-leaning voters since his insurgent campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, has served before as the ambassador from the mainstream of the party to its lefties. Ten years ago, Dean eventually lost the nomination to John Kerry. He later debated independent candidate Ralph Nader on Kerry's behalf, hoping to convince those attracted to Nader's message that they would be better off voting Democratic. Dean appears to be playing a similar role today with potential Warren primary voters.