The Washington Times - November 11, 2013, 06:59AM

A new report is fueling speculation that freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, could throw her hat into the ring and run for president in 2016 — presenting a threat on the left flank of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton if Mrs. Clinton were to run as well.

The modern Democratic Party is quietly splitting between an angrier, more populist side and a finance-friendly group of “Democratic elites” tied to the Clinton Administration, Noam Scheiber writes in The New Republic.

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“In addition to being strongly identified with the party’s populist wing, any candidate who challenged Clinton would need several key assets. The candidate would almost certainly have to be a woman, given Democrats’ desire to make history again,” Mr. Scheiber writes. “She would have to amass huge piles of money with relatively little effort. Above all, she would have to awaken in Democratic voters an almost evangelical passion. As it happens, there is precisely such a person. Her name is Elizabeth Warren.”

Ms. Warren, who has made a name for herself as a consumer advocate and frequent critic of Wall Street, defeated former Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusetts Republican, in 2012 to win her Senate seat. The piece acknowledges that in a match-up between Ms. Warren and Mrs. Clinton, the former Secretary of State, with longtime political connections and prodigious fundraising skills, would likely prevail.

For her part, Ms. Warren is shrugging off any such speculation, telling the publication that she’s in Washington to “fight for hardworking families.”

A former aide acknowledged that Mrs. Clinton would probably win, but that “Elizabeth doesn’t care about winning. She doesn’t care whose turn it is.”