Noam Scheiber at The New Republic on Hillary Clinton's worst nightmare: Elizabeth Warren. In 2016, "the debate will be about the power of America’s wealthiest. And ... this disagreement will cut to the very core of the [Democratic] party: what it stands for and who it represents," Scheiber writes. One side is made up of Democrats who "are increasingly hostile to Wall Street and believe the government should rein it in." The other is "a group of Democratic elites associated with the Clinton era who, though they may have moved somewhat leftward in response to the recession — happily supporting economic stimulus and generous unemployment benefits — still fundamentally believe the economy functions best with a large, powerful, highly complex financial sector." New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is an example of how the populist side is winning. And "all of this is deeply problematic for Hillary Clinton." If she "runs and retains her ties to Wall Street, Warren will be more likely to join the race, not less." Democracy for America communications director Neil Sroka tweets, "The definitive case for Warren 2016 ... A must read for anyone who cares about the future of the left." The Guardian's Tom McCarthy points out this line: "On what @SenWarren does to bank regulators: 'One winced hemorrhoidally as he searched for a place to fix his gaze.'" New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof tweets, "Interesting piece on Sen. Elizabeth Warren as reflecting the new soul of the Democratic Party."
Ron Fournier at National Journal on how Chris Christie's 2016 rollout borrows from the last three presidents. "Judging by his rhetoric after a landslide re-election Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hopes to package himself as the 'Perfect Candidate for Troubled Times,' version 4.0," Fournier writes. On the Sunday news shows, Christie offered familiar rhetoric: "Christie's pox-on-both-houses broadsides are sure to anger partisans while resonating with moderate voters who are sick of the status quo. Moderates also elect presidents," like Clinton, Bush, and Obama. Fournier admits, "staunch conservatives will try to stop [Christie], his shadowy background may not stand the glare of a national campaign, and his blunt style may not wear well on voters." But "In many ways, the New Jersey governor is the closest thing we've got to Clinton, Bush and Obama." Both Bob Cohn, editor of Atlantic Digital, and Jonathan Martin, New York Times national political correspondent, recommend the piece.