What Bothers Me Most About Warren’s Attacks Against Bernie.
It’s understandable why his supporters are upset, for many reasons.
As those of us who follow politics know, Bernie has been experiencing a recent steady surge in the polls. A surge so significant that democratic staffers and strategists have begun to panic, fearing that they will not be able to stop him. While Bernie continues to solidify his place as the leader in the democratic primary, it came as no surprise that the powers that he would be ramping up their attacks on him in coming days.
Unfortunately we’ve recently experienced the latest example, and it came from an incredibly disappointing source.
Elizabeth Warren’s campaign chose the day before the January debate, three weeks out from Iowa after Bernie has taken the lead to leak that he supposedly told her women can’t win during their 2018 meeting about running for President.
Considering the fact that the only reason he even ran for President in 2015 is because Warren said no when he asked her if she would, to say that many of us Bernie supporters found this report suspect would be an understatement. In fact, it has led to backlash against her campaign like never before. So much so, that Warren’s campaign has begun to tell key supporters to “de-escalate” the fight with Bernie Sanders.
Too little, too late.
The reason why so many Bernie supporters were so upset by this is far bigger than just one single low blow in politics. This is about the bigger picture, and everything it tells us about Elizabeth Warren and her campaign. Considering the totality of it all, it’s maddening.
Let us be clear: Elizabeth Warren was one of Bernie’s only true friends in the Senate. He had so much faith in her, that he wanted her to run against Hillary Clinton instead of him. He had so much faith in her ability to win, he thought she should be the one to take on the biggest democratic machine in modern history, not him. Warren refused. Not only did she refuse to run, she wouldn’t endorse Bernie Sanders during the race. When he needed her most, she failed to be there all because she hoped to be Hillary’s running mate. Now that she has decided the time is right to run for President, Elizabeth Warren took it upon herself to hijack his message, try and portray herself as just as progressive as he is, align herself with him and his campaign as closely as possible, and did everything she could to convince his supporters that she was just like him in order to eat in to as much of his support as possible.
As soon as her sinking poll numbers indicated that her attempts to be diet Bernie Sanders weren’t working, her campaign panicked, and resorted to smearing a man who had more faith in her than he did in himself as a sexist.
Bernie Sanders has carried the weight of the concerns of the American people on his shoulders for as long as he has held office, consistently fighting for what is right. The fact that Elizabeth Warren’s campaign actually thought this feckless, lazy attack would be enough to take that away from him shows how they view the electorate. To them, we’re dense and shallow, incapable of looking in to matters for ourselves and seeing beyond their smears. Their attempt to shove one of the nation’s top progressives under the bus all in the name of their personal gain shows that everything is nothing more than a game. We are a game to the Elizabeth Warren campaign, and so is everything that Bernie Sanders has stood for. There’s no hiding it now, but at least we know what she represents once and for all.
All politics aside, it kills me to think about how this must have genuinely hurt Bernie to see her campaign resorting to this. The government is an incredibly lonely place when you actually stand for something.