With her finger jigged tightly on the presidential trigger, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Friday delivered a feisty, 55-minute swan song at Dartmouth College, firing up the liberal college crowd with her fiery liberalism.
But it's all too easy to forget that the former Harvard Law School professor from a suburb of Boston is from a place that is probably considered the most fiscally conservative of the five states in the Northeast.
The liberal values and ideals that Warren advocates for aren't new in Massachusetts, but she is still trying to make the case for herself as an outsider and advocate on economic issues.
In her bid for president, Warren faces not only Republican President Trump but also a host of Democratic rivals who have deep ties to the state. That may complicate her campaign, especially since some financial contributors to her past Senate campaigns in Massachusetts have been flocking to her campaign rival, Kamala Harris of California.
For years, she has spoken about the working class in her home state, but what exactly does that mean?
She has advocated for a "Robin Hood" kind of mentality that would restore the concept of shared sacrifice, taking from the very rich for the benefit of the middle class. Warren's New Deal-style tax scheme comes with a middle class tax credit. That hasn't impressed some in the financial community, especially when she has proposed it apply to all income brackets, not just high ones.
The freshman senator also took aim at Silicon Valley, bemoaning "huge corporate tax avoidance" and greater scrutiny over what companies are doing, calling them "gods."
Sometimes, it's easy to forget that Warren is from Massachusetts.
She represents Bay State Democrats in the Senate, and her late father was the United States attorney of Massachusetts. But all her life, she has grown up in a prosperous area of Massachusetts that many voters don't consider a part of the "rust belt."
With the string of corporate megadeals recently struck on Wall Street, Warren was among the people Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) referred to as the "permanent jet set." And even President Obama, who had said he wanted "the joy of growth" in his economic plan, nominated Andrew Liveris, an Argentinian, as chief executive of Dow Chemical, something that many criticized as a push by Obama and other party leaders to create jobs in places that weren't the traditional economic hotbeds.
And then there's all the money Clinton might have out there had it been up to voters in Massachusetts.
As a presidential candidate, Sanders' Massachusetts membership card wasn't available, but he used a simple listing from the Federal Election Commission to show he's now back in the state — just not where he's actually registered.
It's not that the average person there feels left out or unconnected with presidential politics.
"She's a wonderful person, and I vote for her," said a graduate student waiting to get to the restaurant across the street from her dorm where he worked. "And so do a lot of other people, but they don't vote. They just vote for whoever is running, and we know they don't have that much in common with me."
But whether that often feels like a state of economic triumphalism or one of entrenched poverty and problems remains a matter of debate.
It's also where Warren has been, when she's not running for president.
"No one supports the failing, corrupted, rigged system that props up the Wall Street bankers that are too big to fail and too big to jail," she told Dartmouth students. "The progressives who have fought to shake it down, to really hit the big shots, understand that if we don't change what's been broken, the rigged system will continue to decay into a worse crisis."
As the Democratic field moves forward, she can take some comfort in this: Many of the candidates don't remember the area she comes from as well as she does.
She speaks from her heart, and she is respectful of her home state, but she is a flashy attack dog against the Republicans and those she calls the "oligarchs," which Warren portrays as the true class of America.
Even as that perspective might play well on stage in Iowa, New Hampshire, Michigan or Wisconsin, she could be much better off talking about Massachusetts.