Warren's newest proposal includes:
1. Exec order to stop "drilling offshore and on public lands"
2. Restoring protections to monuments targeted by Trump
3. Recruiting 10K people to "jumpstart a 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps"
4. And this: Free entry to national parks
— maxwell (@maxwellstrachan) April 15, 2019
I am (perhaps overly) sensitive to the charge that I’m prejudiced towards my personal favorite Senator — and, boilerplate: I will do everything in my power to support the eventual Democratic nominee — but damn, Elizabeth Warren does not get the credit she deserves!
Everything in this proposal is noteworthy, but giving lower-income families more of a chance to enjoy national parks is *not* a small thing, if we want support for those parks to be more than ‘a little perk for white totebaggers’…
Elizabeth Warren Proposes Broad Plan to Protect Public Lands https://t.co/Z6Tj70KnTM
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 15, 2019
.@ewarren new today on public lands: "On my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that says no more drilling?—?a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases, including for drilling offshore and on public lands." And more: https://t.co/oc1L24qoCG
— Sarah Smarsh ?? (@Sarah_Smarsh) April 15, 2019
Moira Donegan, at the Guardian, “Elizabeth Warren is the intellectual powerhouse of the Democratic party”:
There’s still nearly a year to go before the Iowa caucuses, the first contest of the Democratic presidential primary, but the media has already counted Senator Elizabeth Warren out. The conventional wisdom has rapidly devolved from declaring her a frontrunner when she announced her bid on New Year’s Eve to confident assertions that her campaign is dead in the water, out-raised and out-charmed by the white male candidates – Bernie, Biden, Beto and Buttigieg – whose presidential bids have dominated the first months of the contest…
But since her initial announcement in December, Warren’s campaign has rolled out a series of detailed policy proposals in quick succession, outlining structural changes to major industries, government functions, and regulatory procedures that would facilitate more equitable representation in the federal government and overhaul the economy in favor of the working class. These policy proposals have made Warren the Democratic party’s new intellectual center of gravity, a formidable influence who is steadily pushing the presidential primary field to the left and forcing all of her primary challengers to define their political positions against hers…
Peter Beinart, at the Atlantic, “Elizabeth Warren Had Charisma, and Then She Ran for President”:
… An article last month in The Week noted that Warren “doesn’t do uplift, which is what people mean when they grumble about her lack of ‘charisma’ and ‘energy.’” In a recent story about Warren’s fundraising trouble, The New York Times suggested that she was suffering because Democrats’ “longstanding fascination with youthful charisma—along with its current, Trump-driven fixation on electability—can outweigh qualities like experience or policy expertise.”
What happened? Warren may be a victim of what scholars of women’s leadership call the “double bind”: For female candidates, it’s difficult to come across as competent and charismatic at the same time. To be considered charismatic, leaders must be both appealing and inspiring, both likable and visionary. Unfortunately for women who seek positions of power, they’re rarely perceived as possessing these characteristics while also being deemed competent to do the job.
Since announcing her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Warren has worked harder than any other candidate to prove she’s ready to govern. She’s laid out proposals on taxation, government corruption, prescription drugs, housing, and even “postal banking,” all of which has led the Times to describe her strategy as “Stand Out by ‘Nerding Out.’”…
As a lifelong nerd (some of whose fondest childhood memories involve visits to National Park properties, such as nerd Teddy Roosevelt’s birthplace), I will do my best to ensure the haterz and jock-sniffers among the horse-race media touts find themselves forced to eat these words!