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Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:38 AM

 

WaPo: Why Elizabeth Warren is the one to watch

Washington Post, August 30
Rob Stutzman, GOP political consultant
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/08/30/why-elizabeth-warren-is-one-watch/

Why Elizabeth Warren is the one to watch
Warren is the only candidate who sounds like she might chew Trumpís leg off

(snip) Warren is hitting her stride because of two ... important traits: style and substance. Weíre used to politicians being good at one or the other; rarely do we see both.

Consider the Warren style: Chiefly, itís fearless. She was the first candidate to call for President Trumpís impeachment (likely a key to her fundraising), and to invoke her oath and fidelity to the Constitution as the imperative to seek Trumpís removal from office. On the debate stage and at her rallies, sheís pugnacious and has modulated her voice to be emphatic without screaming. ďIím a fighterĒ is one of her slogans, and itís a credible one, especially when she implores those in the audience to ďget up off [their] butt and volunteer!Ē She just doesnít just want to fight; she wants to lead a fight.

All this is catnip for many rank-and-file Democrats, but donít discount the potential for her to attract moderates who are looking for someone who can go toe to toe with Trump on a debate stage. More than one Democratic voter has mused to me that Warren is the only candidate who sounds like she might chew Trumpís leg off onstage. Itís a vivid contrast to Joe Biden, who at times seems to be observing the debates as much as participating in them. If Democrats come to define electability as a measure of who can take on a bully, Warrenís stock will rise.

Warrenís substance, meanwhile, is her killer app. Her proposals range from an ďultra-millionaire taxĒ to breaking up big tech companies to forgiving student loans; the decision to flood the zone with big and bold substance has become definitional. And, in a race in which Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) has had more positions on health care than toppings on a supreme pizza, Warren has emerged as a candidate of deep convictions.

So can Warren win this nomination? Certainly. Does that leave the Democrats with a nominee who can beat Trump? Thatís not so certain.


I would say there's at least one other candidate up for a little dental engineered amputation - Senator Harris.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Elizabeth Warren

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:53 AM

1. I don't recommend chewing Trump's leg

 

Iím sure itís high in cholesterol.
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Response to Clash City Rocker (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:56 AM

2. Indeed.

 

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Elizabeth Warren

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Response to crazytown (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 08:59 AM

3. The author also highlights the concerns some of us who are impressed with Warren but supporting

 

Biden have.

Trump thrives on opponents he can demonize and demagogue, and Warren would be dry tinder for his flamethrower. She has called for decriminalizing the border and providing health care to undocumented residents and Medicare-for-all, while her soak-the-rich world view is out of step with a majority of voters. All these pieces may provide Trump with a way to recast her as a risky choice; some of her Democratic rivals are already giving this tactic a dress rehearsal.
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Response to LincolnRossiter (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 09:07 AM

4. Yes he does.

 

One thing Republican strategists are good at is finding reasons why a Democrat can't win. M4A is a fair point. The wealth tax, which at this time, has 70% majority support, is not. Decriminalizing the border is a mistake.
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Response to LincolnRossiter (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 31, 2019, 10:05 AM

5. My concern

 

Iím concerned that Warren would get sucked into a mud-slinging battle and Iím not sure if she would walk away. I think Trump would (and already has) get under her skin.
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