Elizabeth Warren bets big on party unity

From the debate stage in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday night, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren activated her closing strategy to lock up the Democratic nomination for president. There’s no way to tell if it will be successful, and many reasons to be skeptical that it will. But it may well be Warren’s most plausible path to the nomination.

In 2020, the Democratic Party is extremely broad in ideological terms. At one extreme, a lifelong democratic socialist who talks of “political revolution” (Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders) is proposing programs that would cost untold trillions of dollars in new spending to implement, while also advocating a complete reversal of direction in foreign policy from the consensus that has prevailed in Washington for many years.

At the other extreme, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar advocate slightly varying modes of continuity with the Democratic Party’s pragmatic conventional wisdom both at home and abroad. Further out toward the leftward edge of the Republican Party, Michael Bloomberg hopes to use his personal fortune to pull the Democrats to the right.

That’s an awfully big tent. It’s hard to see how Sanders could placate voters who incline toward Biden, let alone Bloomberg, just as Bernie enthusiasts will be exceedingly unlikely to rally around a center-left nominee.

That’s where Warren comes in. She’s clearly situated herself between these extremes — though she just as clearly wants to be perceived as closer to the left than the center. She showed no signs of changing that approach on Tuesday.

In the lengthy foreign policy discussion that took up the opening half-hour of the debate, Warren positioned herself right next to Sanders, even going so far as to advocate pulling all American troops out of the Middle East. That’s a stance that places her far …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


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