The least likely candidate to sell in a general election, who might win it all (Trump) or go down in flames (Akin)
The liberal media is building up Elizabeth Warren as just what Democrats need in 2020 to go against Donald Trump.
The Boston Globe recently ran a shameless puff piece on Warren that I wrote about in Rebranding for 2020 begins: “Elizabeth Warren’s Christian faith is deep and authentic”.
There’s another puff piece this week in The New Republic, How Elizabeth Warren Became the Soul of the Democratic Party;
… 2016 was not the year the party became more progressive. It was merely when the establishment Democrats realized it had moved. Many observers recognized a shift underway years earlier. In 2013, in a New Republic article titled “Hillary’s Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren,” Noam Scheiber accurately predicted the rift exposed by last year’s primary, arguing that it would “cut to the very core of the party” in the next race for the White House ….
We are not the gatecrashers of today’s Democratic Party,” Warren told Netroots Nation this year. “We are not a wing of today’s Democratic Party. We are the heart and soul of today’s Democratic Party.” ….
“I would say she’s the best progressive Democratic politician I’ve seen since Bobby Kennedy,” said Bob Kuttner, the co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, lauding her for “making pocketbook populism feel mainstream.”
On the surface, Republicans should be begging the Democrats to nominate Elizabeth Warren.
She is far out of the mainstream, the self-proclaimed intellectual foundation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, someone pulling the Democrats hard left.
She’s a flame thrower who brings the sharp elbows she perfected in academia to the political realm, but that has made her seem like she always has a scowl on her face
Her “you didn’t build it on your own” speech is the siren song of the progressive movement’s victim narrative but is contrary to our national ethos.
Oh, and she committed ethnic fraud while climbing the law professor ladder to Harvard by claiming for employment purposes to be Native American, initially denied it when caught in 2012, and came up with questionable “family lore” to justify it. The claim to be Native American has become part of Warren’s brand, and not in a good way, as I pointed out in Trump branding of Elizabeth Warren as Fake Indian continues, expecting her to run in 2020.
In short, Warren is someone who can motivate the Democrat base, but is sufficiently tainted and extreme that she would have problems in a general election.
So we should do everything in our power to see to it that she’s the nominee, right?
This was the strategy employed by Claire McCaskill in 2012, where she maneuvered Republicans to nominate the person deemed most likely to implode, Todd Akin. It worked.
Except, Donald Trump also was said to be pulling the Republican Party towards the fringe during the primaries. As with Warren, Trump was viewed as someone who wouldn’t and couldn’t sell nationally in a general election.
Which is why the Clinton campaign and Democrats did everything they could to see that Trump was the nominee.
And then he won the nomination with plurality wins, and won the national election against all expectations. Democrats got their worst nightmare, and they helped create it.
Could a similar scenario play out in 2020 with Warren?
I for one would love to find out.
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