I agree with the tweet Anne Laurie posted below, that Warren is being ignored, mainly because the media likes to focus on a fight between the top two candidates, who at the moment in New Hampshire are Buttigieg and Sanders. I just did some searching for Warren news and there’s not a lot of it, and most of it is negative. Apparently some shitty volunteers (all campaigns have them, some more than others) treated six women of color in Nevada badly, so they quit. Luckily, Politico was there (not linking) and it made it to CNN.
Anyway, not gonna dwell on that, but just to say that there’s a pile-on of one kind when the media thinks you’re a loser, and another kind when they think you might win. She’s experiencing the former. Is a lot of it because she’s a woman? Hell, yeah. If you think that women aren’t treated like shit in politics, just look at the fact that Trumpers run around with “Trump That Bitch” bumper stickers, and it’s not treated with the same seriousness that other slurs would receive.
Franklin Foer isn’t someone I usually think is very good, and I disagree with some of this piece, but he may be on to something with how Warren can distinguish herself from Sanders:
If Warren wanted to define herself in opposition to Sanders, she wouldn’t need to tie herself in knots. Where Sanders talks about revolution, her description of the American economy amounts to a restoration. She wants to return to another era, when the economy (and government) was less captured by Big Business. Her scourge is corruption, and embedded in her incessant denunciations of it is the hope that the system can be salvaged by extrication of that tumor. Where socialism imagines greater concentrations of power—greater state planning, greater public provisioning of goods—her vision ultimately points in the direction of a more decentralized, more competitive economy. Sanders’s keyword is equality; her best speeches have extolled liberty.
Foer goes on to cast Warren as a traditionalist who wants existing institutions to work better. Read the piece if you want to see how a “moderate” would change Warren’s campaign.
I’ve always thought that focusing on how we’re getting screwed by corporations, and proposing reasonable solutions should be right in the wheelhouse of a winning Democratic Presidential candidate, and nobody does it better than Warren. I think she still has a chance to catch on without changing much of her message.