CASTING SHADOWS: Is Elizabeth Warren a Threat to Hillary Clinton’s Chance at the Presidency?

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If both of them failed, I would be happy with that.

It’s enough to make you feel sorry for Hillary Clinton. Well, almost.

Her presidential campaign of celebrity and inevitability got off to a rocky start, mostly through her own mistakes, as when she claimed they were “dead broke” when she and Bubba left the White House.

But her gaffes were mere speed bumps compared to the real threat forming now.

Massachusetts firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren emerges from Washington’s budget clash as the undisputed champion of the rising left, and will almost certainly challenge Clinton for the 2016 nomination.

The polls say it’s Hillary’s turn, but I’m starting to believe 2016 could be 2008 all over again, with Warren taking the nomination from her the way Barack Obama did.

As Mark Twain said, “History may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” So it is with the political dynamic, then and now.

Clinton acted entitled, and Obama offered a charismatic ­alternative. She represented the tired past, he a fresh future.

A possible Warren sequel to that historic upset has been taking shape for months, but it has now crystallized. The first-term senator’s rallying cry against what she called “a giveaway to the most powerful banks” almost scuttled the budget bill in the House before bipartisan support allowed her to have it both ways.

She comes out of the wreckage as the standard-bearer of progressive populism without being blamed for shutting down the government. Her GOP doppelgänger, Ted Cruz, should have been so lucky.

He was accused of taking the American people hostage by Warren, Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid during last year’s shutdown.

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