Elizabeth Warren, who for a brief period late last year looked like she might manage to usurp Bernie Sanders’ position as the progressive standard-bearer and actually pull off an upset win for the Democratic presidential nomination, has not fared well since voting began in the primaries. So poor was Warren’s Super Tuesday showing that she didn’t even win her home state of Massachusetts; the senator lost out to Joe Biden, whose political fortunes have basically taken the opposite turn over the past week.
With an abysmal outing in all 14 states on Tuesday, Warren is facing calls to get out of the race. Like Biden, she posted awful numbers in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Unlike Biden, she also posted terrible numbers in South Carolina on Saturday.
For some reason, though, she still thinks she’s viable.
“The pundits have gotten it wrong over and over,” she said in Detroit on Tuesday.
Well, sure, but this is no longer about pundits; it’s about the fact that Democratic voters have no use for your candidacy, Liz.
“Warren’s campaign declined to comment on her next steps after her dismal Super Tuesday performance,” reported Politico on Wednesday. “But allies who speak regularly with the campaign say the mood was bleak. A small wave of last-minute endorsements from groups like EMILY’s List, along with late financial help from a super PAC, did not significantly move the needle.
“That’s left the Warren campaign to wonder whether a path forward exists,” the report continued. “While the campaign had insisted it still saw an opening by going to the convention — she will likely collect at least several dozen delegates Tuesday — the results were far below their own publicly-released projections.”
Speculation will run high on what sent Warren’s campaign aground just as it was gaining steam. Her wishy-washy stance on Medicare-for-All? Her sexism spat with Bernie Sanders? The misogynistic American public? You’re sure to hear all of that and then some to explain why this capable, powerful, strong woman has been utterly rejected by Democratic primary voters.
We’re not so sure.
The truth is, there’s just not a lot to like about Warren. Part of it is her inability to tell the truth. She’s lied about having Native American ancestry. She’s lied about being fired from her teaching job for getting pregnant. She’s lied about her dad being a janitor. She’s lied about sending her kids to private school. Hell, maybe she even lied about Sanders saying a woman couldn’t beat Trump. For a woman posing as an inerrant truthteller, this is not a good record.
Besides her deception, Warren is embarrassingly progressive in all the wrong ways. It’s one thing to champion economic debacles like free college and free healthcare; there’s clearly an appetite for that among young Democratic voters.
But it’s another thing to say you’ll have a transgender child interview your nominee for Secretary of Education. There’s bad policy and then there’s insanity. As popular as cultural progressivism is on college campuses and Twitter, we’re pretty sure the majority of Americans still look at this crap and think, “Really?”
At the end of the day, we’re pretty sure Warren just annoyed most normal American voters. Her presence in the race will not be missed.