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Senator Elizabeth Warren at a rally in Houston on Saturday. Senator Elizabeth Warren at a rally in Houston on Saturday.Credit...Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda Elizabeth Warren

New Orleans        I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Warren.  I’ve read her books.  I appreciate her candor and convictions.  We all owe her thanks for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, no matter what the Supreme Court says.  We owe her thanks for many things in the past and, hopefully, many more in the future.

As it turns out, I wasted my absentee ballot for the Louisiana primary election a month from now, but I have no regrets.  I knew what I was doing.  I knew she was toast.  I knew she would be out before the end of the week after Super Tuesday, and so she was. I figured I owed her, even if she was not going to win for what she has done, and for some indelible lessons I think she has taught other progressives.

Elizabeth Warren in my book will always be the “woulda, shoulda, coulda” President of the United States.  Not for 2020, but for 2016, when I believe she would have won, if she had been willing to jump in the water.  I have to admit that a part of me has never forgiven her for her temerity. President Obama had already proven that a relative rookie could win with the right message and a tight handhold on making history.  Elizabeth Warren would have been the perfect banner carrier for something similar and with a more progressive program.  She would have been a better candidate in every way than Hillary Clinton.  I’m not taking anything away from Clinton, but in a race against Trump her lack of a record and the downside of too much baggage carried by Clinton, Warren would have been a winner.  People wanted a fighter, and they saw one in Trump, not Clinton, but they would have been even more moved by Warren.

It was easy to see what the 2016 race would have been in the amazing, razor sharp takedown she performed on another billionaire, Michael Bloomberg.  Warren in the debate with Bloomberg cut him to pieces and was willing to be clear about whether or not anyone could buy the presidency.  Bloomberg was more than a billionaire, he was an experienced politician with a real record, but against Warren he was a cheap suit.  Can you image what she would have done to a pretend billionaire like Trump?  It wouldn’t have been pretty, but it would have been joyful!

Thanks are owed for Warren for sending Bloomberg back to New York City and cashing in on his commitment now to put a billion dollars into the eventual nominee to face Trump in 2020.  Thanks, are also owed to Warren indirectly for creating the large field of candidates that wanted to face Trump now.  Her indecision in 2016 must have been a huge incentive for a number of good candidates to be willing to take the plunge and run, rather than regret lost opportunities which Warren will surely have to do the rest of her life.

Many are called, but few are chosen.  It’s true, but those called need to stand up and meet the people and let them decide.  Warren should have been willing to do that in 2016, and if so, she would be president.  She was ready in 2020, but now after four years of Trump horror, her time has gone.  Woulda, shoulda, coulda.

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What’s Happening with Elizabeth Warren?

Lafayette    The pundits and wizards are already writing the obituary for Massachusetts’ Senator Elizabeth Warren. You can read them in the New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and about anywhere else. The reasons offered are varied and many, but she won’t drop out at the same time as Mayor Pete, Minnesota Amy, or Bay Area Tom Steyer. Both her fans and her haters need her to stay in past Super Tuesday, and they know it. Mark my words, she’ll be gone before the end of the week, but no matter the whining there was no way she would be out before Super Tuesday.

The rap on Warren is across the waterfront.

One says, she should have run more “as a woman” and less as Betsy the cheerleader from Oklahoma. Another says, she should have reminded more people that she was Betsy the cheerleader from the “hard edge” of the middle class in Oklahoma in order to rinse away the notion that she’s a smart-alecky lawyer, living in Cambridge, and a professor at Harvard University. Others wanted her to be less the “I have a plan” for everything and more the I’m one of you people-person-populist that would be able to give Trump fits. Less the lecturing teacher you remember from high school and more the 10,000 selfie-monster she has proven on the trail.

Reportedly, a memo has already circulated among Warren’s campaign team conceding that her only path to the nomination for President now is through a brokered convention and super-delegates in the second round. Tactically, in order to be in the good graces of the super-delegate teams, and that means surviving Super Tuesday, especially California, no matter how bad a beating she might endure. Simple reason: she has to take votes away from Sanders.

Taking votes on the left-liberal axis away from Sanders lowers his delegate count and perhaps keeps him in reach, or blocks the runaway, for his nomination and helps someone like Vice-President Joe Biden emerge to make the rest of the Democratic Party happier. You wouldn’t have Buttigieg or Klobuchar running down to Texas to shout Biden’s praises in an endorsement if they didn’t both want to keep their options open for a potential high-level, Cabinet-sized job if Biden is elected President.

Warren’s strategy may be as good as her tactics on Super Tuesday. She may be hoping by currying favor with the party and the superdelegates as a good solider and taking one for the team, that she might also be on the short list as a Vice-President option to run with Biden. Reportedly, Biden hinted at a South Carolina rally that he might make Senator Kamala Harris his VP choice, but that may have been just a vote-pimping move in a state where there is almost no chance of it ending up in the Democratic column in November, and long forgotten before then.

It’s all getting muy complicado now, but the voters are speaking and the professional pols are listening and jockeying, so we’ll see how this horse race comes out. Keep you money in your pockets right now, because there are no safe bets.

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