Elizabeth Warren, the liberal Massachusetts Senator, gave a speech in Atlanta last Saturday and used that opportunity to rile up the crowd as she ridiculed “Clinton-era policies and jubilantly proclaiming that liberals had taken control of the party.”
Take the bench, moderates. Warren says the libs are in.
Who wouldn’t get worked up with Warren’s liberal rhetoric, 2.0 pantsuit, and mushroom-cut-of-a-hairstyle?
Thousands at Netroots Nation did. Their website touts this gathering as “the largest annual conference for progressives”, from “online organizers, grassroots activists and independent media makers.”
She told the crowd of activists at this progressive party, “We are not the gate-crashers of today’s Democratic Party…we are not a wing of today’s Democratic Party. We are the heart and soul of today’s Democratic Party.”
But The New York Times highlights the “deep divisions” in the Democratic Party after the 2016 presidential campaign and election:
There is the familiar center-versus-liberal divide as well as an increasingly animated clash between economic-focused activists on the far left and liberals driven more by issues of race, gender and identity.
While Ms. Warren first rose to stardom on the left because of her populist jeremiads against concentrated economic power, she sought to use her remarks in Atlanta to broaden her indictment against what she calls “a rigged system.” Expanding her signature attacks on Wall Street and its political influence, she said that women, African-Americans, undocumented immigrants and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were all suffering from fundamental inequities.
In her usual self-righteous tone, Warren preached to her choir that they would be the Moses to “lead the Democratic Party back from the wilderness and lead our country out of this dark time”.
But, in order to do that, Warren reprimanded, “we can’t waste energy arguing about whose issue matters more or who in our alliance should be voted off the island.”
Like the cornfields and fairs of Iowa, this conference “has become a proving ground for would-be Democratic presidential candidates.”
Warren did little to dissuade the crowd that she might run in 2020.
One of the most recent lists for potential Democratic candidates puts Warren at the top of the list with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Since the 2016 presidential election, she “has emerged as one of the most respected members of the party for her progressive, anti-Wall Street stances and outspoken criticisms of Trump”.
She gained greater notoriety when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “silenced Warren in February after she criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”
She reminded conference attendees of this moment of silence and proceeded to repeat the phrase “nevertheless she persisted.”
Over and over. In a cult-like chant.
“When she vowed to the crowd in Atlanta that she ‘would persist’, chants of ‘Warren 2020’ rose up,” the Times reported.
This might be one of the most terrifying moments of 2017.
What exactly is the agenda Warren is persisting with?
Before these Warren wobblies become mesmerized with her masculine haircut and cultish rhetoric, they should step back and ask what exactly a vote for Warren would mean.