January 19, 2020

What Happened to Warren's Campaign?

“No Democrat even approaches Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts when it comes to the sheer volume of policy content. Likewise, no other Democrat has experienced her rapid rise into first place or, now, her dramatic fall in the polls.

It is impossible not to wonder whether these two facts aren’t connected and whether they don’t provide a clear warning for Democrats.

Just before the first Democratic debate, national polling showed Warren was comfortably in third place. According to Real Clear Politics’s average of national polling, she stood at 13% support in June. By early August, she had passed Bernie Sanders with 17%, and by early October, her polling average had risen to 27%.

Today, Warren has fallen back to 14% — a striking halving of her support. She now trails Sanders and Biden.

The two things that set Warren apart are the volatility of her support and the proliferation of her policy proposals. A point of pride, her website states: “Elizabeth has a lot of plans.” That puts it mildly. As of December, her website listed 62 broad policy areas. Her proposals include “Medicare for all,” a 100% clean energy for America plan, college loan forgiveness and free public college, Social Security expansion, and universal child care.”

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