Warren: Democrats taking notice
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign is gaining “new momentum,” saidMichael Scherer in The Washington Post. Six months after launching her candidacy “amid blundering apologies” for past claims of Native American ancestry, Warren, 69, has been steadily rising in the polls, and “energized crowds have been flocking to her events in early-voting states.” At multi-candidate forums, she regularly earns “the loudest cheers” with her passionate rhetoric, and her “I have a plan for that” slogan has become a meme. Warren’s core message is that greedy corporations, big banks, and the superrich have bought off Washington and that we need regulation and federal programs designed to ensure that the struggling middle class gets its fair share. “She has clear ideas,” said Tina Pyzik, 60, a new Warren supporter in Iowa. “I’m all in.”
“Elizabeth Warren is running the most impressive presidential campaign in ages,” said Farhad Manjoo in The New York Times. Her “grand, detailed, and daring ideas” offer solutions to “just about every grave threat facing Americans today.” Last week, she unveiled a comprehensive $2 trillion plan to “tackle the existential threat of climate change” that would create 1 million jobs in green manufacturing. She has plans for making child care and housing affordable, for absolving student debt and making public college free, and for policing Big Tech. She proposes to pay for these programs with a 2 percent annual wealth tax on the 75,000 American households with assets over $50 million, which will generate $2.75 trillion over 10 years. Sorry, but these are not solutions—they’re far-left fantasies that would never get through Congress, said Tiana Lowe in the Washington Examiner. If Democrats think this socialist malarkey will win over blue-collar swing voters, they’re delusional.
Warren is often compared to Hillary Clinton, said Jonathan Cohn in HuffingtonPost.com. But Warren more resembles “the other Clinton” in his first presidential campaign in 1992. Like Bill, she has a raft of populist ideas and has genuine empathy for the struggling working class because she comes from it. She grew up in a hardscrabble Oklahoma family; left college to marry a guy she later divorced; and went back to school and law school while struggling to find child care. When you combine her plans with her personal story, you have a potent mix that could, if Joe Biden falters, give her a real shot at the nomination.