Well, Democratic Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s campaign has finally kicked the preverbal bucket, so to speak. Thursday, after receiving dismal Super Tuesday results and weighing her options, the Massachusetts lawmaker decided to throw in the towel.
But as all Democrats are prone to do, she and her supporters needed someone or something to blame for her failure.
They could have chosen her progressive views, her constant lies, or the fact that she just isn’t as smart as she claimed. But they didn’t. Instead, they named sexism as the culprit, inciting that her lack of support in the polls and Democratic caucuses had nothing to do with her personally and everything to do with gender.
When asked about the topic on Thursday, after her announcement to drop out of the presidential race, she stated that it was really a “trap question.” But she went on ahead and allowed herself to trapped anyway.
She said, “That is the trap question for every woman. If you say yeah, there was sexism in this race, everyone says, ‘Whiner.’ And if you say no, there was no sexism, about a bazillion women think, ‘What planet do you live on?’”
Well, at least she is smart enough to play both sides.
However, I’m not sure a valid argument can even be made for the latter. After all, this is the same party that elected Hillary Clinton as their choice for president in 2016, and she nearly won. That alone should tell you Warren’s failings had nothing to do with gender.
And her polling numbers can pretty much attest to that. Let’s first look at her support in her home state of Massachusetts, where she placed third on Super Tuesday. In particular, it is crucial to see how she scored with women in her own state. Among women only, who voted, Warren got 24 percent. Biden was given 34% and Sanders 26%.
So if her party’s voters are sexist, this means that 76% of all women in Warren’s home state of Massachusetts are against leaders of their own sex. Sound likely? And the results in Minnesota and Vermont were even more against Warren, with only 19% and 16% for her, respectively.
And as the New York Times reported, “Even among her strongest demographic group – white college-educated women – Ms. Warren had just 33 percent support, not nearly enough to offset her weakness with other groups.”
This is why Christine Rosen from Commentary wrote, “Elizabeth Warren didn’t have a gender problem; she had a trust and authenticity problem.”
And I couldn’t agree more.
From the start of her campaign, Warren envisioned herself as the Goldilocks candidate, not being quite as progressive as Sanders but a bit more so than Sleepy Joe. But she wasn’t able to gain the support she thought she would from non-white, non-college educated voters. While the media and her immediate fan base seemed to only include people in this demographic, the fact of the matter is that most of America is not like this.
And so Warren began pandering to those other demographics, using non-truths to stand on. She tried to fit in with those who found themselves victims of social injustice by saying she was wrongly fired for being pregnant. Warren then painted both Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg as evil sexists. And she even tried to claim that she was of Native American descent to gain some ground with minorities.
To those with children, she said private schools should be outlawed all the while that is precisely where her own children went. To those in the LBGTQ community, she said that a random trans student would be given veto power on her choice of Secretary of Education. And to the rest of America, she said she was smart enough to handle anything that came at her.
The sad fact is that people just couldn’t trust her, even though she claimed that is exactly what we would have to do to understand how her math worked to pay for the single-payer healthcare system she proposed. If she is supposed to be a representative for the people and by the people, there ought to be some authenticity to her. Instead, America only found lies.