So it finally happened. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) shocked the nation by announcing what we already knew: She has eyes on the White House in 2020. Despite recently declaring that she would not run for president, we still included her in our list of most likely contenders for the Democratic Party back in September. And let’s face it: It’s difficult to take anything on face value from a “woman of color” with skin, hair, and eye hue far more demonstrative of a Scandinavian heritage.
The question, of course, is whether she actually has a shot at it. As Liberty Nation’s Joe Schaeffer wrote in December: “Dems just aren’t excited about Warren.” However, that was before she recanted – or, more accurately, pretended to have forgotten – her previous claims that she wasn’t interested in the Oval Office. So let’s take a moment to look in on good ‘ol Fauxcahontas and see how she’s doing so far.
…winning the Oval Office takes a lot more than merely being a party’s pick…
Agree to Disagree
Depending on who you ask, the good Senator from Massachusetts is either off to a rough start or has come out swinging. The Daily Caller said her first week was “filled with missteps,” but NBC claims that her performance in Iowa “made it clear she intends to win and has a plan to do it.”
Sorry NBC, we’re just going to have to agree to disagree.
The fact that she very likely only got hired on at Harvard because she claimed to be a woman of color and the DNA test debacle are nowhere near forgotten. Even her more recent attempts at coming off as authentic and relatable have failed miserably. Her “I’m gonna get me a beer” video has been described as cringeworthy. Perhaps her attempt at Instagram fame would have seen more success had it not been an obvious rip-off of both Beto O’Rourke and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both of whom did it first, not to mention better. It was, at the very least, awkward enough her husband didn’t seem to want anything to do with it.
Warren tried once again in Iowa, this time by conjuring the image of her selling Girl Scout cookies as a child and talking about how her parents couldn’t afford to send her to college. For many this was just another failed attempt to seem like a real person – quite possibly the reason for her abysmal likability score. The problem, of course, is that she’s trying too hard.
However, it apparently worked for some folks. J.D. Scholten, a Democrat who failed to oust Republican Rep. Steve King, said that when it comes to Iowans, “we don’t get fooled very often. And that ‘X factor’ and that authenticity is really important.”
In another facepalm worthy moment, former Governor Tom Vilsack’s wife, Christie, said she thinks the senator connected well with the voters. “Yes, she’s a Harvard professor, but she also is a teacher.” And there you have it, folks: confirmation that Harvard professors are indeed teachers. The point being missed here, of course, is that it appears she got that job under false pretenses.
But at least Warren is finally giving up the Fauxcahontas routine: “I am not a person of color. I am not a member of a tribe,” she said when the question of the DNA test inevitably came up.
A Snowball’s Chance …
But does she have a shot? Can she be elected? If the 5,000 or so folks who showed up to her five events in Iowa are an accurate representation of her party’s voters, then she’s not as bad off as one might think. At the very least, it seems she has a chance at being the primary pick for Iowa Democrats.
It’s entirely possible she could win the primary for her party. Democrats in general seem to have a nigh universal ability to forget, explain away, or just ignore their own shortcomings or those of their chosen idols. But winning the Oval Office takes a lot more than merely being a party’s pick – just ask Hillary.