“When Warren told fairgoers what America could fund with her ultra-millionaires tax on Saturday, the crowd responded with a chant.
“TWO CENTS! TWO CENTS!” https://t.co/fjfpUAcC78
— Adam Jentleson ???? (@AJentleson) August 11, 2019
Ed Kilgore, at NYMag — “Surging in Polls, Elizabeth Warren Now Has a Path to the Nomination”:
… [T]he development that currently demands attention is the emergence of Senator Elizabeth Warren as something other than the candidate of policy wonks, dismissed as nonviable even among people who think she’d make an outstanding president. Her strong debate performances, a knack for organizing (based on her outstanding retail political skills), and the misfortunes affecting some of her rivals have combined to give her the clear path to the Democratic nomination that she really did not have in the early going.
Recent polls have clearly indicated that Warren is going places. The RealClearPolitics national polling averages show her as basically tied with Bernie Sanders for second place with Joe Biden’s lead narrowing. The two most recent national polls (from Quinnipiac and Economist–You Gov) place her seven and five points, respectively, ahead of Sanders. Just as important, she’s gaining strength in the early states. A new Monmouth poll from Iowa places her ten points ahead of Bernie, and just nine points behind Biden, in a state where everyone concedes she has the best organization. In New Hampshire polls, where Biden’s early lead was less formidable, she’s nipping at Sanders’s heels. Warren is in a similar position in Nevada (which holds its caucuses 11 days after the New Hampshire primary), where Politico reported yesterday that she has already built a “monster” of an organization.
Warren is also clearly making gains in her implicit rivalry with her friend and ally Bernie Sanders for the affections of self-consciously progressive voters, even as she maintains some potential as a party-unifying figure that Bernie may lack thanks to leftover bad memories of his 2016 campaign. In that recent national Quinnipiac survey, she trounced Sanders among “very liberal” voters and actually led him among those under the age of 35…
… Warren has made recent progress in both objective (head-to-head polls versus Trump) and subjective (the all-important perception that she could beat Trump) measurements of electability, which often improve as a candidate does well in the primaries. If she gets that one-on-one competition with Biden, the question may be whether Democratic voters want her to be president enough to take a bit of a risk. Warren probably has a plan to make that happen.
*Herzog voice* madness descended. the selfies were interminable pic.twitter.com/lIRD7xpoku
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 10, 2019
I can't stand when people say Warren is surging. She's not. It's been a slow steady rise, which I believe is more sustainable. We will see…
— (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) August 10, 2019
Warren meets babies on her way in at the Iowa State Fair pic.twitter.com/HQPd1TDgFZ
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) August 10, 2019
(Compare & contrast… [trigger warning])
Also a good sign — attacks from the Least Transparent Candidate’s biggest stans:
All arguments that there you shouldn't care about the outcome of elections are in bad faith, but Taibbi writing an eleventy-billion word piece about how no Dems are worth voting for when they're doing exactly what he's spent 10 years telling them to do is particularly naked
— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) August 12, 2019