Chris Stirewalt, Political Analyst for Fox News penned an OP/ED yesterday with the thought that Senator Elizabeth Warren D-Mass is walking into a trap by attacking Republicans for racism.
“Democrats who already hated Sessions and thought him racist will feel virtuous and develop new depths of admiration for a woman they already adored. Republicans will despise her more fully, and most people just won’t care. But if this is the direction Warren and her party are heading, President Trump can remain in his bathrobe, or whatever loungewear the White House claims he prefers, content in the knowledge that 2020 will be a shoo-in for him.”
His proof which comes from very recent history seems compelling:
“Obama’s designated successor did not learn that lesson, even though she is married to one of its greatest practitioners. Think about this for a moment: Hillary Clinton lost to a celebrity billionaire of New York on the issue of economic populism. Woof.
Clinton’s campaign was a perfect reflection of the state of her party today. It was a crusade against racism and sexism that left little room to discuss the plight of ordinary people.”
And while he has a handle on American voters, its possible that he is underestimated the American voter:
“Americans hate racism, by and large. Sexism too. But, people trying to pay the bills, keep health insurance, educate their children and stay safe have other priorities than what a relatively obscure politician from Alabama did 30 years ago.”
While I don’t know if most Americans actually believed those charges then or now, it is true they have more on their plate than worrying this issue.
However, within liberal rank and file, Warren has gained stature:
“Warren is shaping up to be very much the Democrats’ Cruz: a hero of political junkies who enforces the ideological boundaries for her party’s base. And that is unfortunate for the blue team.”
A recent Politico/Morning Consult Poll shows why Sen. Warren is elbowing her way into the leadership ranks of The Resistance:
“A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of 2,070 registered voters, including 740 self-identified Democrats, shows that just 34 percent of those Democrats said they want their party’s elected officials to find ways to work with the new president. A 56-percent majority said Democrats in Congress should stick to their principles, even “if that means blocking all legislation or nominees for government posts.” (Italics mine)
Obviously the opinion approval poll is glass half-full for the calculating senator. However, she might want to consider the glaring fact that the 56% figure actually translates into a paltry 15% of the over 200 million US registered voters. Perhaps that is why a very recent Gallup poll shows only 25% of Americans polled are willing to describe themselves as Democrats, a full 3 points behind Republicans.
Glass half-full or not so much? That might depend on your plans for 2020.