After Hillary Wins, Warren Mania Begins  Art by Paul Szep

After Hillary Wins, Warren Mania Begins
Art by Paul Szep

An iconic photograph of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using her BlackBerry while wearing sunglasses on a military plane in 2011 prompted a recordkeeping official in her office to inquire about whether Clinton had been assigned a State.gov email address, the State Department disclosed this week. – Josh Gerstein [Politico]

WHATEVER Senator Sanders thought this week would be, he now understands what it’s like to be embraced by the establishment. At the same time, he was shown what it means to rally ’round the winner.

Any Sanders supporters feeling queasy about Sanders’ loss and the quick coalescing around the winner should check out how much closer Clinton and Obama were during the brawl of 2008.

POTUS and all the power he wields on behalf of the Democratic Party illustrated to Bernie Sanders on Thursday that he has their respect but that there’s a much bigger job to do now.

Whether Sanders is ready or not, the Democrats are coming.

In an impressive roll out on Thursday, President Obama laid his presidency on the 2016 scales and not only said “I’m with her,” but unequivocally embraced Hillary Rodham Clinton as the heir to his presidency.

While Sanders was absorbing the gentle charms of Mr. Cool, Senator Elizabeth Warren was already in the Democratic green room. But did you hear her speech at the American Constitution Society? Rachel Maddow got the exclusive cable interview, transcript via the Boston Globe.

There’s a terrific piece in the New York Times by Jennifer Steinhauer, Jonathan Martin on the assist.

Now that Senator Bernie Sanders is all but out of the race, Democrats can unite to take aim at Donald J. Trump. Their new sledgehammer is Senator Elizabeth Warren.

In her day job, Ms. Warren cuts an imperious swath through the Capitol, striding down hallways, her jewel-toned jacket swaying behind her, refusing to speak to or even make eye contact with reporters. Small talk with elevator operators and other staff? Not her style. And the Democrat from Massachusetts is rarely front and center pushing major legislation.

But beyond Mr. Sanders, no one captivates the aggrieved, angry left the way Ms. Warren does.

Warren was on a mission last night.

It came on the same day where perennial old establishment club member and Clinton die hard, Ed Rendell, said Senator Warren wasn’t remotely qualified to be commander in chief. Rendell is the chairman of the Philadelphia Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention, so it didn’t surprise me to learn that after making an ass of himself, Rendell called back into the radio station to amend his insult.

“I didn’t want it to leave it hanging out there about Elizabeth Warren,” he said. “Elizabeth Warren’s problem would be the same problem I’d have. Let’s assume someone said consider Governor Rendell for vice president. I have no experience militarily, no experience in foreign affairs, and would be a difficult choice because if anything happened in week one and I became president, I would be lost.” [BuzzFeed]

Conspiracy theorists could posit that Rendell was playing the bad cop for Clinton so she could steer clear of a vice presidential choice by making it look like she’s serious about Senator Warren through objecting to what Rendell said.

The men’s wing of the Democratic money machine is clearly panicked that Warren will scare off potential Republicans running from Trump. See Steve Rattner, Obama’s “car czar,” as the cable talking head of this gang.

There is real symbolism in the person Hillary Clinton will pick as her running mate. More importantly, however, is that Secretary Clinton will need a real confidante and strong ally to withstand what’s going to come after the summer silly season. She’d be damn lucky to have someone like Joe Biden because I think he would tell POTUS the truth, whether it was something Obama wanted to hear or not. Warren wouldn’t be a “yes” puppet either and would have the power to burst the Hillaryland bubble, but would the insiders allow her in? I have real doubts about any outsider being embraced by Clinton world.

Warren deciding to go on the attack and include Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan along with Big Baby Trump begins a move to reinstate her prowess in the Democratic messaging machine. Senator Warren didn’t want to run for president but she has no intention of surrendering her leading voice on the issues to Sanders now that he’s lost his bid for president.

As for Clinton’s VEEP, Warren will be a force in the election and the Senate come 2017, unless Hillary decides she’d rather have her where she can control her. Bernie is not vice presidential material because he could never be a Clinton soldier. I’m not sure Warren could be either, which is why I see her in the Senator raising hell.

Hurdles remain for Democrats in 2016 that only Hillary can change.

By a 60-27 percent margin, they think she’s lying about how her emails were handled while she was secretary of state, according to the latest Fox News national poll of registered voters. [Fox News]

Things look even worse for Republicans.

Clinton’s narrow advantage obviously doesn’t point to a looming landslide, but when a three-point Trump lead turns into a three-point Clinton lead over the course of a few weeks, it suggests the presumptive Republican nominee isn’t yet moving in the right direction.

What’s more, the timing offers the GOP little solace. Fox’s survey was in the field through Wednesday – which means it was mostly conducted before Clinton’s latest big primary victories and her high-profile endorsements from President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The more Clinton can unify Democratic support after a long, contested nominating process, the stronger her poll support will be.

Also note, Clinton’s advantage over Trump isn’t limited to the top-line results. The same poll found the Democrat leading the Republican on who’s most qualified to be president, who’s likable enough, who has the integrity necessary to lead, who’s knowledgeable, who has the right temperament, and who can get things done.

Trump led only one of these questions: who would “shake things up” in DC.