Wait a minute now, I thought Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy was DOA?
What happened? I thought Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass) presidential campaign was DOA? In fact, I thought she was being advised to sit this one out altogether.
In 2018, the Boston Globe editorial board was begging Sen. Elizabeth Warren not to run for president. The title, “Deval Patrick knew when to call it quits on a presidential bid.” In the piece, the editorial team wrote that Warren had missed her moment in 2016 and that there really was no space for her in the field of 20 plus candidates declared, and set to declare, at the time of publication. “Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there’s a reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020. While Warren won reelection, her margin of victory in November suggests there’s a ceiling on her popularity…”
Never mind that Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is seeking his second term, and rumors, at that time, salivated over the potential third times the charm for former Vice President Joe Biden to seek the presidency. But Sanders and Biden are men, and men can do as they please, right? Heck, Donald Trump beat the odds and is now president of the United States of America. “It’s a man world,” and we women are just living in it.
Truth be told, Warren wasn’t off to a good start, even prior to her presidential candidacy announcement. The decision to release her DNA results showing her with less than two percent Native American in her blood was a short-sided decision. But who can blame Warren for wanting to put-to-bed Trump’s racist Pocahontas insult?
Her Instagram story of her drinking a beer and seeking her husbands whereabouts was a clumsy attempt at being as cool as AOC is on the Insta stories. But certainly, it wasn’t something to cower and hide, never to be spoken of again. To be fair, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who too is running for president, is no better with looking cool on her social media platform either (neither is Beto O’Rourke, by the way), and that’s fine, most voters aren’t interested in a social media president, even in the age of our Twitter user president, Donald Trump.
Honestly, I have no idea why the Boston Globe decided to write such a scathing piece against Warren, considering her track record of fighting for progressive causes intertwined with the rise of populist progressivism on the left. It’s rather brazen of the Boston Globe to seal Warren’s prospect at the presidency, especially with little explanation as to why. But that seems to be the nature of the politics for women, an ounce of flaw means to bow down and to get out.
The Boston Globe wasn’t the only ones canceling Warren. NBC News ran a profile declaring critics thought Warren was too divisive. A piece on wbur declared Warren made some supporters squeamish. And several outlets obsessed on her low polling, like the Boston Herald.
Thankfully, Warren continues to “roar.” She is releasing policy after policy, and voters are impressed. Visit her Medium page, Team Warren, and you will discover a litany of policy on affordable housing, the electoral college, and helping American farmers. There’s also plans for a fair tax system for the poor and middle class, universal free college, improving military housing, and climate change. That’s not all. There’s a plan to address the immorality rate of black mother’s. A plan to invest in historically black colleges. She’s also presented a robust “economic patriotism” plan that is certain to appease a diverse cast of voters. It addresses economic disparity and the state of American jobs, and how we can secure a stronger workforce for the future and beyond.
In speaking to the guts and concerns of Americans, Warren is winning over voters. Her once lackluster polling at one or two percent is no more. Now she’s in double digits, ranking in third in many polls. In the latest CNN Iowa caucus poll, Warren came in third place at 15 percent, behind Biden (24%) and Sanders (16%).
In an interview by HuffPost, “Robert Shrum, a University of Southern California politics professor” with experience on campaigns, spoke highly of Warren. “I just feel like Warren is more of the planner. And Bernie, while I love him for this, he’s definitely more of the idealist.”
And it isn’t just Shrum that is impressed, but black women are quite intrigued by Warren too. Once a shoo-in for candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Joe Biden, now isn’t predictably safe. Warren is winning black voters one vote at a time, by talking to the heart of their interests: education, healthcare, and economics; along with systematic racism. Warren, unlike the other candidates, is meeting black voters on their turf, in their communities.
Look, I’m not psychic and have no idea what the cosmic forces have in store for Warren, and the election cycle in general, but neither did the Boston Globe and nor do they now. Personally, I say we listen to the voters and not an editorial board when it comes to choosing our next president.
Note: Quiana Fulton is a Democratic voter, and has contributed to the campaigns of Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tim Ryan, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, and Joe Biden.