11/18/2013 01:06 pm ET Updated Nov 18, 2013

Elizabeth Warren Said To Be Raising No Money For The 2016 Run That Is Not Happening

Presidential speculation in the modern era of "OMG SHINY SHINY BOUNCY BOUNCY" political reporting can be built on just about anything: wishes, dreams, Internet memes. But to actually run a campaign, you need to corral large stacks of tall dollars from rich people. I warned you that this was a pretty critical concern for anyone hedging their bets on a possible 2016 run from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and now here's Ruby Cramer, officially popping everyone's brightly-colored party balloons over at Buzzfeed this morning:

Elizabeth Warren's former national finance chair, Paul Egerman, has told several inquiring donors this month that, despite runaway speculation and a burning desire from the party's left wing, the freshman senator will not run for president in 2016.

Despite all the frenzy, Warren has said again, and again, and again that she won't be running in 2016. So why are we still harping on this? Basically, the road to 2016 is a very long one, and people need something to talk about. (Newly minted New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has also said repeatedly that he's not going to run for president in 2016, but he'll get his turn on this ferris wheel eventually.)

Of course, as the New Yorker points out, Warren could still totally change her mind and decide to run later. But the operative word is "later." And probably only if you see words like "Hillary Clinton decides not to run," followed by, "Elizabeth Warren raises a crazy amount of money."

Until then, go read Cramer's whole thing for even more very strenuous instances of people being told on no uncertain terms that they can dial back all their Warren 2016 expectations for the forseeable future. It also includes this weird quote from a fundraiser: "The geese talk to the geese. The bears talk to the bears. And the hippos talk to the hippos."

But what does the fox say?! And so forth.

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