Globe Editorial

Elizabeth Warren: Don’t be coy

August 13, 2011

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For many Bay Staters, national consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren’s interest in next year’s Senate race is entirely welcome. She could be a formidable contender. But coming after endless months of potential presidential candidates performing the dance of the seven veils, feigning uncertainty while secretly lining up support, Warren’s flirtation is already approaching the yes-or-no point.

This week, on the website Blue Mass Group, she tells of lessons she learned from her Aunt Bee and Aunt Bert, of her family’s struggles to pay bills, of her concern for average folks. All this political whipped cream is pretty standard from a candidate, but can feel a bit coy from a candidate-in-waiting.

The GOP presidential possibilities, led by Sarah Palin and lately Rick Perry, took voters along for so many journeys to their hometowns and hunting trips and revival meetings while withholding announcements of their candidacies that voters became exhausted. So jump in, Professor Warren. We’d love to hear more about Aunt Bee and Aunt Bert - but only if you’re really serious about running for the Senate.