Republicans favor a Warren candidacy for a similar reason. Senator Warren would shift the Democratic primaries leftward. This could make a Democratic opponent less suited to survive a general election.
Some conservatives might even consider donating to Warren, reminiscent of Rush Limbaugh’s 2008 Operation Chaos campaign:
“It is almost like the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Says Kurt Bardella, a former spokesman for Republican Congressman Darrell Issa.
There is also a much less cynical reason, particularly among the libertarian sect of the Republican party. Warren just seems, well, genuine. People want to see what an election based on ideas would look like:
“She hates Wall Street for a very different reason than libertarians,” says Brian Darling, a senior aide to Senator Rand Paul. “Yet they both would agree that the bailouts of Wall Street were a gaming of the system.”
Members of both parties dislike the idea of Clinton coasting to the nomination without any real opposition. Democracy shouldn’t involve a ‘coronation,’ as some call it.
Dems and GOP Both Want Elizabeth Warren to Beat Clinton in 2016… But for Very Different Reasons.