Elizabeth Warren

The Dem debate’s biggest loser — CNN

Featured image Matt Taibbi, writing from the left for Rolling Stone, calls CNN’s debate performance on Tuesday “villainous and shameful.” Taibbi is referring to CNN’s handling of the “he said, she said” dispute between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. And he is absolutely right to characterize CNN’s performance as he does. First, CNN’s Abby Phillip assumed the truth of Warren’s claim that Sanders said a woman couldn’t defeat President Trump. Despite Sanders’s »

Is Warren now the new Hillary Clinton for Bernie Bros?

Featured image The Washington Post reports: An angry split among liberal Democrats broke into the open Wednesday as two prominent presidential candidates exchanged accusations of dishonesty, raising fears among party leaders of a repeat of the internecine bitterness that many Democrats say contributed to President Trump’s victory in 2016. The fears are not without a basis. Yesterday, some irate supporters of Sanders circulated a #Never­Warren hashtag. #WarrenIsASnake also began trending. Warren deserves »

Who’s zoomin’ who?

Featured image Yesterday CNN released audio of the exchange between Senators Warren and Sanders following the Democratic presidential candidates’ pre-impeachment debate on Tuesday night (video below). CNN reports the exchange as follows: “I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren can be heard saying. “What?” Sanders responded. “I think you called me a liar on national TV,” she repeated. “You know, let’s not do it right now. If you »

He said, she said: Bernie and Liz edition

Featured image Elizabeth Warren claims that in December 2018, she told Bernie Sanders that a woman could win the presidency in 2020, and that Sanders disagreed. Sanders denies this. According to his version of the meeting, Sanders said only that Trump would attempt to undermine a female opponent by using scorched earth tactics. According to the Washington Post, two people “with knowledge” of the conversation support Sanders’s version. The Post doesn’t say »

Sanders campaign hits Warren

Featured image Politico reports that Bernie Sanders’s campaign “has begun stealthily attacking Warren as a candidate of the upper crust who could not expand the Democratic base in a general election.” Politico’s report is based on a script it says it obtained that sets forth what Sanders volunteers should tell voters. The document begins: I like Elizabeth Warren. [optional] In fact, she’s my second choice. “[Optional],” I love that bit. I wonder »

Elizabeth Warren’s baseless “wag the dog” accusation

Featured image There have been plenty of misguided takes on President Trump’s decision to kill Gen. Soleimani. Elizabeth Warren’s is perhaps the most egregious. Warren claims that Trump hit Soleimani to distract America from his impeachment. She states: We know Donald Trump is very upset about this upcoming impeachment trial. But look what he’s doing now. He is taking us to the edge of war. There was a reason that he chose »

Free stuff, Democratic Party style

Featured image A few days ago, Steve wrote an important and insightful piece called “The Genealogy of Free Stuff.” Citing a Wall Street Journal editorial, Steve stated that Elizabeth Warren’s agenda is so far beyond extravagant that “socialism” seems an inadequate adjective. Steve offered two explanations for the leftward lurch he described. First, hard-left Democrats are convinced that anyone can beat President Trump, and thus see this as the time to go »

The Genealogy of Free Stuff: The Trump Card

Featured image On Friday the Wall Street Journal ran an extra-long and remarkable editorial about the agenda of Elizabeth Warren (“Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan, Oh My“), which is so far beyond extravagant that “socialism” seems an inadequate adjective. She makes Bernie Sanders look cautious by comparison. As the Journal put it in the lede: “[A]s we discovered after a tour of her 60-some policy papers, Ms. Warren is proposing a transformation »

Elizabeth Warren in desperation mode

Featured image I didn’t watch the Democratic candidates’ presidential debate last night. In fact, I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t even know it was taking place. Based on accounts of the debate, I wish I’d tuned in. I take perverse enjoyment in seeing candidates I don’t like trying desperately to ward off defeat. Elizabeth Warren is such a candidate. Not long ago, she was right on the heels of frontrunner Joe »

Poll: Democrats consider Obama a better president than George Washington

Featured image Last month, I noted with dismay that, in a survey, a majority of Republicans deemed Donald Trump a better president than Abraham Lincoln. It’s only fair for me to note, with even more dismay, that most Democrats who participated in a new survey deemed Barack Obama a better president than George Washington. The survey comparing Obama and Washington is from Monmouth University. It found that among Democratic voters, the “Father »

Dem candidates attack each other for helping businesses

Featured image Now that it’s clear Pete Buttigieg is a serious contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, with a real chance of winning the Iowa caucuses, his rivals are attacking him for working as a consultant at McKinsey & Co.for three years. McKinsey helps businesses (as well as governmental bodies and entities) solve problems. Buttigieg, for his part, has attacked Elizabeth Warren for consulting work she did many years ago for various »

Warren’s woes

Featured image Before I left the country last week, the biggest news on the Democratic nomination contest front was Pete Buttigieg’s surge. This was big news mainly because of the threat Buttigieg suddenly posed to Elizabeth Warren in Iowa, not because Buttigieg has much chance of winning the nomination. But now, the big story for the Democrats is the decline in national support for Warren. A month ago, polls consistently showed Warren’s »

Civil War on the Left, Ch. 70: Warren Agonistes

Featured image What’s a “progressive” to do when you have two credible candidates for the Democratic nomination (Sanders and Warren) trying to outbid each other in the Socialist Clearinghouse Giveaway Sweepstakes? (This is the contest where Comrade McMahonsky comes to your door to dispossess you of your house.) Well, for The Guardian, you attack Elizabeth Warren! From the beginning, there were good reasons for progressive leftists not to trust that Elizabeth Warren »

Coming: A White House Office of Euphemisms?

Featured image If you want to catch a quick way of understanding how far left the Democratic Party has drifted over time, run your mind back to the quaint old days of John F. Kennedy, whose administration, in contemplating new policies to reduce poverty, thought that the core of the problem was—I kid you not—”juvenile delinquency.” That’s the term the Kennedy Administration actually used. Today, of course, liberals can’t stand to use »

Lie-a-watha

Featured image Shrinking violets don’t become presidential contenders. Still, even at the highest level of overweening ambition, Elizabeth Warren stands out. She has clawed her way to the top by hook and by crook. One of her favorite techniques is the bald-faced lie. As an academic, she is best known for an article claiming that medical crises are largely responsible for personal bankruptcies. Warren’s article has been used (as she no doubt »

“Freeloading Billionaires”? Please!

Featured image Is Elizabeth Warren the most annoying person who has ever run for president? I know, it’s a stiff competition, but she is definitely a contender. Check out this tweet, following up on her dismal performance in the last Democratic presidential debate: I’m tired of freeloading billionaires. It's time for the top 1% to chip in their fair share so everyone has a chance to succeed. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/sWWGwxrP9y — Elizabeth Warren »

Elizabeth Warren Will Never Be President

Featured image In 2016, I was one of a small number of pundits who predicted that Donald Trump would win the presidential election. This was not because I fully appreciated Trump’s appeal to voters; rather, because I had been saying for years that Hillary Clinton would never be president. She was an appallingly bad candidate, which her party inexplicably failed to understand. I am now ready to say the same about Elizabeth »