Sen. Elizabeth Warren, once seen as the likely Democrat nominee for the presidency, is struggling to keep her campaign above sea level.
While the progressive is still considered to be a top-tier candidate, she has been overtaken by both former Vice-President Joe Biden and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in a recent YouGov poll. Other national polls show that her arch-rival Sen. Bernie Sanders is gaining ground on her on a national level.
While there is still time for the Senator from Massachusetts to improve her odds, the first caucuses are fast approaching, and the fact that she has lost a whopping 50% of her support does not bode well for the future of her campaign.
There are several reasons why her campaign is faring poorly as the year comes to a close. Many agree that her steadfast support for Medicare for All, coupled with her lousy, so-called “plan” for how to pay for it, is costing her support. While Sen. Warren has attempted to backtrack her unwavering commitment to Medicare for All by stating that it would only come into effect in the third year of her presidency, the pivot has likely done more harm than good as her campaign continues losing supporters.
Some have noted that Sen. Warren’s push to sideline charter schools in an effort to court teacher unions is costing her support as even many Democrat voters realize that school choice works to their benefit. There is also the fact that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newbie, ultra-progressive Congresswoman from New York who has taken the nation by storm, has publicly endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the presidency. Naturally, there are also some progressive activists who feel that voters are just inherently sexist and therefore unwilling to vote for a “strong woman.”
Sen. Warren hasn’t publicly commented on her sagging campaign numbers, but she has been making the effort to pander to far-left voters as much as possible in a desperate bid to stay relevant. She recently announced on Twitter that rich people in the United States don’t deserve the credit for building successful businesses; instead, they should be humbly grateful to big government for providing top-tier infrastructure and public-school-educated employees.
At a recent rally, the Massachusetts senator ranted against the Electoral College, proclaiming that, when she runs for a second term as president, she would like to see a popular vote system in which the majority determines who wins the election. She failed to note that abolishing the Electoral College is nearly impossible, as it would require a Constitutional Amendment. What’s more, she also seemingly forget that making such a statement in a small state such as Iowa wouldn’t bring supporters to her side as Iowans, like most people living in “flyover America”, benefit from the Electoral College.
Given the fact that the first caucus is still two months away, it is possible that Sen. Elizabeth Warren will regain her lost support, go on to win or at least excel in Iowa, New Hampshire, and other states, and eventually win the Democrat nod for the presidency. The fact that many Democrat voters consider her their “second choice” of candidate is one point in her favor. However, it’s hard to see how a Sen. Warren primary win will happen at this stage unless one or two leading candidates make serious mistakes or meet an unfortunate accident.
The truth is that Sen. Elizabeth Warren really has no-one to blame for her sagging performance but herself. Voters are coming to realize that her “plans” aren’t necessarily going to improve their lot in life and that, in fact, her promise to tax the rich to cover expenses for everyone else is simply unrealistic.