Drew Magary on the Massachusetts senator who’s lapping the democratic field ideas-wise.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts Senator and 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren told Americans that she was turning down invitation to hold a town hall over on FOX News. The reason she gave for giving that network the Heisman is because, on an elemental level, FOX sucks:
I love town halls. I’ve done more than 70 since January, and I’m glad to have a television audience be a part of them. Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down—here’s why…
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) 14 May 2019
That ANY self-respecting Democrat would accept that invite is galling, but of course some of them already have. So here’s Warren again, distinguishing herself from many others in the 2020 field by formally adopting positions that the rest of her party should have adopted a long time ago.
In fact, the senator’s been on an absolute tear of late, throwing down one good idea after another and posting them to her Medium… a rare example of a prominent American using that platform to do something other than apologize for tweeting about molesting a parakeet. And these are not ideas that Warren has contaminated with the kind of wonk-ese that well-meaning Democrats often deploy, submarining their own rhetoric in the process. No no, she’s putting these policy positions in plain-spoken terms: the kind of forthright demeanor that some Republican would brag about having while standing on the bed of a Ford F150.
People should be paying attention to what Warren is offering. Nate Silver has lately transmogrified into your standard haughty pundit, sourcing supposedly precious electoral insight directly from his own large intestine. But while he’s busy musing and supposing, his 538 website has done some actual math and aggregated early 2020 polls, the bulk of which show Warren lagging in fourth place with support in the single digits.
There are any number of reasons for this. It could be because two of the candidates ahead of her are huge national figures who have both run in the past. It could be because Joe Biden’s name recognition alone threatens to render the entire race a formality, even as he’s out here asking to meet climate change in the middle, and sorry-not-sorrying his treatment of Anita Hill, and projecting Disney-grade fantasies about the GOP making a face turn, and cordoning himself off from voters so that he doesn’t compulsively sniff their hair. It could be because the media simply abhors Warren’s ideas and would rather treat a Biden nomination as a cold dose of reality to liberals who actually want their Democrats to act like Democrats. It could be because voters are scared Trump will center his campaign around that racist-ass Pocahontas nickname he uses for Warren, or because Warren addressed the matter of her blood heritage with uncharacteristic clumsiness.