Meet the Elizabeth Warren Democrats

These aren’t exactly the most radical of ideas. It's likely that Democrats in Congress right now can be found to back just about everything the Warren candidates are championing.

The difference, each of the candidates say, is not only in what Warren champions, but how she does it.

“It's really that what she’s speaking is not message-tested, it comes truly from the heart,” said Bellows, who has been dubbed by the Progressive Campaign Change Committee as the "Elizabeth Warren of Civil Liberties." "She’s not trying to moderate her positions based on what she thinks people will or will not be ready for."

As a freshman Senator, Warren has picked up fervent supporters in her mission to go after Wall Street banks or push for student loan interest rates that are at least on par with those given to big financial institutions, and most recently, transform the U.S. Postal Service into a bank for the under-served.

A video of Warren confronting bank regulators during a congressional hearing last year has gone viral, perhaps because it captures exactly what her supporters find so effective about her.

“Tell me a little bit about the last few times you’ve taken the biggest financial institutions on Wall Street all the way to a trial,” Warren asks in a manner that could almost be mistaken for a generous invitation. The regulators were stumped. “Anybody?” Warren asks after a few seconds of silence.

Warren isn’t big on the filibuster, or the blustery speeches. The success of her no-frills approach is notable in part because it is a dramatic departure from the grandeur and poetry that marked President Barack Obama’s rise in Democratic politics.

“The great thing about Elizabeth Warren -- it's not a knock on Barack Obama -- but when they say campaign in poetry and govern in prose, I think the genius that Elizabeth Warren has is that she campaigned in prose,” Leach said. “She doesn’t give great speeches, she doesn’t talk about the eagle soaring into the sky.”

“What attracts me to her is she has really great specific cool ideas that are very in the weeds, very wonky,” he added.

The Progressive Campaign Change Committee, which has a long history of supporting Democrats left of center, has partnered with more than a dozen of these candidates, calling them part of the Warren wing.

But Warren has been largely mum on all of this chatter, even shooting down speculation that she may tap into her following to mount a bid for the presidency in 2016.

Warren's office did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Nevertheless, she is the model on which progressive Democrats see a path to victory. And it suggests that traditional progressive policy can transcend partisan boxes (appealing to libertarian and even some Republicans) if they’re presented in a different package -- a less politically seasoned, more populist and more defiant package.

“That’s why you see the PCCC supporting candidates who are not involved in politics, who are younger, who are idealistic,” Rogers said. “This is the bold part of the Elizabeth Warren wing.”

“We’re going to stand up and say no. We’re not going to take it," Rogers said.

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