February 24, 2020

Why Elizabeth Warren Is Dominating

“I would never say anything rude about Susan Sarandon, and if I did, I hope 10,000 swords leap from their scabbards to avenge her. But I do wish she would lay off poor Elizabeth Warren, whom the Stepmom star recently dismissed as “someone who used to be Republican” and a tool of Wall Street. This is pretty unfair to the woman who came up with the idea for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pretty much out of thin air all the way back in 2007.

It’s also something we should get used to hearing from supporters of Bernie Sanders — this is the second cycle Sarandon has spent campaigning for him in Iowa — and the 20 or so other remaining candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination. Warren is running second behind Joe Biden in virtually every poll of the 2020 race — an exception is this one from Monmouth, in which she and Bernie are tied for first. She is a formidable organizer. She draws huge crowds. And she has gotten here despite beginning her campaign with one of the most boneheaded stunts in recent political history. If her opponents weren’t scared, they would be fools. (They might well be fools, but not for this reason.)

How has Warren managed to edge her way to the top in such a crowded field? I and many other observers assumed that there was too much overlap between her potential base of support and Bernie’s for her to go anywhere in the polls. It probably is the case that if Bernie were to drop out tomorrow, Warren would be the second choice of many his supporters (at least among candidates who will actually qualify for the next debate). That is not going to happen, but if it did, she would instantly become the frontrunner by a decent margin.”

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