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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

On college campuses, support for Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential bid is growing every week. While rival Sen. Bernie Sander's poll numbers have remained surprisingly durable, it is my experience that any Sanders' sign on campus is a Warren sign waiting to happen.

While Sanders is an avowed socialist and Warren is a self-described capitalist, she is one in name only"and college students understand this. She has the momentum; she is echoing the anger of the people and is poised to inherit the voters Sanders first galvanized in 2016. Perhaps most concerning of all is that her message is resonating during a time of prosperity.

But, the fact that so many voters are rejecting the free enterprise economic miracle of America, at the very moment it is increasing their standard of living and as low-wage workers have experienced faster pay increases than any other group, means the message's appeal has moved beyond mere economics.

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The breakdown of institutions in America that have instilled traditional values, promoted liberty, and demanded individual responsibility have left the average student susceptible to the left's collectivist message. Whether it is the deterioration of the nuclear family, the lack of objectivity in education, or the propaganda machine of the media, too many of our citizens no longer understand America's founding principles. As a result, there are tens of millions of eligible voters who don't just want a new form of government, they want a whole new country.

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In much the same way, while historians and philosophers can debate whether or not William Jennings Bryan is the true father of populism, or if Rousseau, Marx, or Plato gave us the intellectual building blocks for contemporary socialist thought, there is no doubt which contemporary politician has managed to stick sweet-sounding socialism into the politically appetizing shell of populism.

That person is presidential hopeful Warren.

Over the past month, Warren has been rising in the polls and impressing campaign experts with her formidable ground game in early states like Iowa and Nevada. She recently held rallies in Minneapolis and Seattle where she drew crowds of 12,000 and 15,000 respectively.

Warren's campaign crowd sizes are not to be taken lightly. After all, pundits on the left and the right downplayed Trump's crowd sizes and the unique connection with his audience they evidenced. While Warren is obviously not at Trump's level yet, her ability to animate and inspire the most energetic faction of the Democrat Party"the far-left"seems well beyond that of her rivals, including her ideological comrade Sanders.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2019-09-03 04:42 PM | Reply

Given that fmr VP Biden already seems to be rationalizing about not needing to win in Iowa, I'd say that something is afoot in the Democratic field.

Biden's Campaign Says Iowa Caucus Isn't a Must-Win
www.bloomberg.com

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-09-03 04:43 PM | Reply

My biggest concern about Warren and Sanders is that they are New England Liberals (perceived anyway)....which is not a winning combo in the electoral college.

Bill Clinton and Obama were not...which is a factor in their victories.

Hillary was/is a New England Liberal (centrist and moderate to boot...but New England regardless)

#3 | Posted by eberly at 2019-09-03 04:44 PM | Reply

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

No Democratic candidate should be feeling like they're making the gop sweat. Because honestly. They're not.

Trump is still Trump. He's driven the country further right, he's taken over the judicial branch, he's destroying Obama's legacy and public education, abortions are as close to illegal across the country as it can legally get, the rich have their tax cuts and corporate freedom, and as long as Trump is a vulgar hate spewing pos, he's got the conservative vote locked up.

#4 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-09-03 04:46 PM | Reply

#4

I think that the GOP would be foolish not to be nervous about Warren, I tend to agree with you on most of your points but I think that while Cheetolini has been driving his base further Right, he is somehow managing to drive most of the rest of the Country to the Left, if only slightly.

#5 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2019-09-03 05:51 PM | Reply

Nervous?

She has the fake Indian thing plus the Socialist thing.

If she goes full-on-Bernie and can't move back to the middle she will get slaughtered, even by Trump.

The far Socialist left is a minority within the Democratic Party. Throw in moderates/Independents and she is McGovern 2.0 if she fails to move toward the middle.

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-09-04 12:29 AM | Reply

Socialism.... BOO!

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-09-04 06:54 AM | Reply

"The far Socialist left is a minority within the Democratic Party. Throw in moderates/Independents and she is McGovern 2.0 if she fails to move toward the middle.

#6 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT 2019-09-04 12:29 AM "

Absoluteliy. But if she gets the nod, she'll immediately start easing towards the center. It will be slow so as to not be too obvious, but she'll have to do it to survive.

Then as you said, the Fauxcahontas thing. People are tired of lying presidents.

#8 | Posted by goatman at 2019-09-04 07:02 AM | Reply

But, the fact that so many voters are rejecting the free enterprise economic miracle of America

he is somehow managing to drive most of the rest of the Country to the Left, if only slightly.

Love you to death, Leftcoast, but you need to get out of your bubble. No one outside of liberal circle jerks feels like this. Our country is center right and always will be.

#9 | Posted by boaz at 2019-09-04 09:59 AM | Reply

Our country is center right and always will be.

#9 | POSTED BY BOAZ

No, you and the people you associate with are on the right. You are not the center and you are not the majority. Trump represents a minority of the people who voted (by 3 million) and the senate majority also represents a minority of the voters. Just because they've figured out how to win without being a majority doesn't give them a mandate to rule.

#10 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-09-04 11:40 AM | Reply

If I were Warren or Sanders then I would be working to encourage Harris and Buttigieg to drop out of the race and endorse my campaign. As it stands right now, it sure looks like Biden is going to win the early states with less than 1/3 of democratic voters support. The media will already be treating him as the presumptive nominee ahead of Super Tuesday. If Warren or Sanders can pick up the support from one or both of those 2nd tier candidates then they have a much better chance of taking Iowa and/or New Hampshire and change the early narrative.

#11 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2019-09-04 04:12 PM | Reply

If I were Warren or Sanders then I would be working to encourage Harris and Buttigieg to drop out of the race and endorse my campaign. As it stands right now, it sure looks like Biden is going to win the early states with less than 1/3 of democratic voters support. The media will already be treating him as the presumptive nominee ahead of Super Tuesday. If Warren or Sanders can pick up the support from one or both of those 2nd tier candidates then they have a much better chance of taking Iowa and/or New Hampshire and change the early narrative.

#11 | POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE

The problem for Warren isn't Buttigieg or Harris, it's Sanders. Sanders and Warren are splitting the same vote demographic and unless one of them drops out Biden probably has this in the bag.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-09-05 01:19 PM | Reply

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