In the midst of rampant, wholly unfounded speculation that she might run for president in 2016, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of liberal Democrats, proclaimed today that she will not:
"I'm not running for president and I plan to serve out my term," she said at a press conference in Boston with Mayor-elect Marty Walsh.
When further pressed, she added: "I pledge to serve out my term.
"I am not running for president. I am working as hard as I can to be the best possible senator I can be."
It's probably true that Warren won't run for president, especially if Hillary Clinton runs, which seems likely. But her denials, as Shermanesque as they are, don't mean anything, because she can always very easily reverse her statements, and nobody will care. Ask Senator Obama.