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Overrating Warren

July 22nd, 2014 - 12:55 pm

David Harsanyi thinks Elizabeth Warren is overrated:

Still, it seems to me that a lot of people are overestimating the appeal, uniqueness and popularity of Warren. Those who believe she has crossover appeal are fooling themselves. What’s most enticing about Warren right now is the perception of her, not the reality.

Once you get past the impassioned sermons, and they can be quite entertaining, the most striking aspect of Warren’s big-message progressivism — the driving principles are laid out in the much-discussed “11 commandments” speech — is how small and ordinary it all is. For starter, while Warren’s critique of capitalism might resonate, most of her agenda items look like everyone else’s agenda items. She might offer Americans more “commandments” than God, but many of her directives can found on the “issues” page of any middling Democratic candidate’s website.

I’m going to disagree a bit with Harsanyi on Warren. Yes, Warren is overrated — and you should read his whole column to learn just why. But the fact that most-if-not-all of her positions are identical to “any middling Democratic candidate” isn’t one of those reasons. I’d argue instead that it’s an indication of just how far to the left the Democrats have moved. A Jack Kennedy, a Lloyd Bentsen, probably even Al Gore v1.0, has little place in today’s party.

The fact the a mediocrity like Warren is the progressive Left’s rising “young” star just proves that the movement has grown just as stale as it has grown powerful.

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I would love to see the public cat-fight/debate between Fauxchahontis and Saint Hillary, with someone feeding them landmine questions like the MSM do to Republicans during *their* primaries.

By far, the more interesting mud and poo flinging, back stabbing fests are between democrats during primary season. Texas Democrats have largely learned to avoid that, and usually don't have too much in the way of primary fighting anymore - they boil down the process in a back room, it seems, and only one challenger to a Republican emerges. The new coat hides all of the stab marks, it seems.
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That actually seems pretty anemic by the standards of any left-winger in the last hundred years.
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Obama was over-rated, fluff with no substance, etc.

We cannot fall into the trap of projecting what we seek in our elected leaders upon what Democrats and Liberals seek.

Warren's messages fit exactly with what the low-knowledge, low-intelligence voters that are the backbone of the Left want to hear.

She is a more potent candidate than many are estimating. The Democrats are anxious to make amends to women for throwing Hillary under the Obama bus, but they sure do not really want Hillary.

They want a female Obama II, and she sadly meets their expectations.
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Indeed. My advice to Sen. Warren is: keep talking, lady. Just keep talking.

(Mind you, I offered the same advice to President Barack H. Footinmouth, and look where THAT got us. But I do believe that Warren won't get quite the free pass that Obama did. Obama, in 2008, was merely inexperienced and an occasional gaffe machine. Warren's resume, by contrast, doesn't pass the giggle test.)
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