After getting creamed in the Midterms by catering to the right, Democrats are turning to Elizabeth Warren to help them bounce back.
By now, everyone realizes that the Democrats lost the Midterms by a landslide. There are several theories in various publications analyzing what went wrong like Monday morning quarterbacks. The one issue that keeps coming up is that Democrats abandoned their progressive policies as well as President Obama’s accomplishments leaving Americans nothing to really vote for.
From this vantage point, it’s clear that only a minority of Democrats know what they are supposed to stand for. The majority of them still fail to realize how progressive the country really is. Just look at the ballot measures that passed; States approved legal marijuana, increasing the minimum wage, paid sick leave, background check on gun sales and voted against tough anti-abortion measures. Still, Democrats continue to ignore what really gets them elected.
For instance, consider Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. She faces a runoff election on December 6 and she kowtows to Republicans while simultaneously hoping Democrats will see her as a centrist. She is currently trying to get the Keystone XL Pipeline approved through Congress in order to gain some centrist and/or conservative votes (while at the same time slapping Obama in the face). Newsflash lady, conservatives vote Republican and progressives won’t vote for you period. A victory for her wouldn’t make any difference in the Senate now, but she is a perfect example of why Republicans gained control of Congress.
Elizabeth Warren, the Senator from Massachusetts was appointed to a position created for her today by Harry Reid. She will be attending weekly meetings as a strategic policy adviser and will keep the Democrats focused on progressive policies.
Democrats in the Senate however, are “confused” and complaining that there were no meetings, hearings, or discussion about Warren’s new role in the party. Her position is “strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Center.” Dianne Feinstein said that this appointment was a “fait accompli.” Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said “‘A liaison to liberals?’ I’ve never heard of such a thing!” Harkin went further, throwing his hands in the air with, “I asked her about it and she said she was some kind of adviser. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what that all means.” Obviously these establishment Democrats are part of the problem.
Elizabeth Warren is a true progressive. She’s a true champion for the middle class. She has fought for students even though her student loan bill was shot down. She is pushing to solve the sub-prime mortgage crisis, and advocates tax reform. The closest to Elizabeth Warren in ideology is Senator Bernie Sanders. Both of them agree on the same things.
What is mind boggling is the bubble Democrats find themselves in. They know how and why they lost and are still baffled as to why Senator Warren was appointed to her new position. The message seems clear, no more compromising or pandering to conservatives. What’s the point of that? The GOP has been out to impeach the President since the day he took office and Mitch McConnell and his gang’s strategy has been to obstruct everything. Warren, much like Bernie Sanders, is not afraid to get in their face and fight for the American people.
I have witnessed Warren in hearings questioning people with her soft and gutsy bravado. Many Democrats just aren’t fighters. Additionally, many of them are now entrenched in Washington and more invested in retaining their office than actually getting anything done.
It is yet to be seen what Elizabeth Warren will accomplish, but from what I know about her, she will confront anyone who does not carry the same progressive ideology. This is an excellent step in the right direction for Democrats. Let’s hope this trend continues.