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Warren the Warrior

I didn’t see the debate last night. I can’t keep my eyes open past 9:00pm. I caught some highlights on YouTube and read some threads from people I trust on Twitter.

The results are in. Warren beat the living s#%^ out of Bloomberg. She stuck up for Amy Klobuchar against Pete Buttigieg. I like Amy. I’d vote for her, but the look on her face when she was trying to explain going up on Obrador’s name was unsettling. Amy seemed to be punishing herself for forgetting a name. That will doom her in this election year. No one can afford to have even a second of self doubt. Instead, the candidate has to be both smart and take no prisoners. That’s Warren.

Some of the complaints about Warren’s performance came from the typical conservative never Trumpers who just want a George Bush type they can get behind. Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post criticized Warren’s anger, fluffed Pete Buttigieg (stealth moderate Republican that Jeff Bezos likes), and faulted Warren for not going after Sanders. That, Rubin says, prevents her from advancing.


Let’s unpack that.

Sanders is polling at about 25%- among DEMOCRATS. He’s collected some delegates in two early, small, diversity challenged stares so far and yet his pain on the ass supporters are going all jihad this morning asking Democrats to pledge to support him because he will be the eventual nominee.

Hey, I’m not pledging to support anyone before the convention is officially over. But the pressure campaign is intense. If you meet one of these people and they put a sword to your neck and order you to convert, just say “No Commitment”. It’s just the internet and they are only little black pixels on the display. They cannot hurt you. Use that to your advantage.

Anyway, why didn’t Warren go after Bernie? Best guess is that Warren knows that Bernie is deeply unpopular. Plus, her target last night was Michael Bloomberg, who she dispatched with aplomb. He was unprepared. Maybe he didn’t think the debate was a big deal because he planned to run more ads.

Warren had to redraw herself after the media guys decided to help her lose and muted her voice. She got attention and showed she knew how to take down a billionaire. Who knows? Maybe Bloomberg agreed to take a dive to help the Democrats beat Trump? It could happen.

So, she threw attention away from Bernie yo the real target -Trump. Bloomberg played the Trump surrogate. Now, when you look at Warren, you’ll see that she’s not afraid to take Trump on. She needs no encouragement. She’s smart, she adapts, she’s a warrior.

Sanders is still sitting pretty and pretending he’s got the whole thing sewn up. So why not make a play for his supporters? I think it’s because Warren recognizes that Bernie’s base, his most devoted supporters, are not unlike Trump’s MAGA crowd. There is almost nothing Bernie can do wrong. Why insult the guy? Isn’t it better to just treat him like another old man reliving his glory days?

At this point, I think it’s up to the other Democrats to come to a decision. They need to put their best person forward. The number of people still remaining is diluting the focus. Let’s see what happens after Super Tuesday. After that, the tea leaves should be readable and the other candidates need to drop out. They’re going to be a distraction. And money doesn’t buy you support or the lead. Not if Lizzy Warren can roll right over you.

Last thing:

Eric Boelert posted this tweet this late last night:

I agree and disagree with this.

I saw Obama in person in Chicago in 2007 and was completely unimpressed. He was on a stage with all the other candidates and his boredom was interpreted as cool French ennui.

It’s all about the packaging.

If the media says you’re swave and deboner, that’s going to have a multiplying effect on your followers. Similarly, if the media says you’re unexciting and makes supporters at your rallies sound like a bunch of 90 year olds sitting in wheelchairs shaking their bottles of Geritol tablets every time you make an applause statement, your poll ratings will start to sink. That’s what happened to Hillary and Boelert knows this because he just posted a piece on it yesterday.

The Democrats don’t need star power.

What they need is a Charlotte’s Web.