Is there any problem that Elizabeth Warren is not prepared to take on?
Courtesy of Time:
Warren’s policy proposals have become her brand. On the campaign trail, her off-the-cuff phrase “I have a plan for that!” became so ubiquitous that it morphed into a viral applause line; in Iowa, supporters printed the accidental slogan on T-shirts. Her campaign, staffers say, is built on the conviction that voters want substance, not theatrics, and will throw in for the candidate who puts forth serious ideas to create change.
It’s an audacious bet in the Donald Trump era. Voters tend to tell pollsters they prioritize policy over personality. But they said that in 2016 too, when Clinton’s detailed agenda was no match for Trump’s simple slogans and schoolyard nicknames. As her Democratic competitors offer enticing promises largely devoid of specifics, Warren insists on talking nuts and bolts. In her stump speech, she describes the mechanics of a tax that would fund her universal child-care plan, to pick just one example among many.
Warren’s investment in substance over style is not her only gamble. Over the past few months, she has fired her finance director, eschewed high-dollar donors and hired as much as 10 times as many staffers in early voting states as most of her competitors. While others focus on big money and flashy rallies, she’s building a campaign designed to maximize the amount of time she spends in living rooms and community centers talking about what she would do as President.
There are a number of criteria that we use to pick our presidents.
Intelligence, experience, charisma, policy positions, and even appearance.
Elizabeth Warren checks most of those boxes, but if we only used policy positions as our single criteria I think that she would be walking away with this nomination.
When it comes to big ideas, and explaining those big ideas she is in a league of her own.
Hillary Clinton was also a policy nerd with big ideas, but unfortunately, she arrived with a ton of baggage to face off against a Republican party that had been preparing for her arrival as a candidate for almost twenty years.
Elizabeth Warren could be Hillary Clinton 2.0, and if all the GOP has to use against her is the schoolyard insult of “Pocahontas” she could go all the way.