As awful as a small subset of Sanders supporters might be–and a recent analysis suggests Sanders supporters are no worse than others, just that there are far more Sanders supporters online–they aren’t the ones who tanked Warren’s run. Sure, Crapo Craphouse would love to take credit for it–and if a podcast did bring down Warren’s candidacy, then it wasn’t strong enough to survive the Republican onslaught–but that’s not what hurt her badly. It was healthcare, and remember who put her on the spot (boldface mine):
Nevertheless, a year after her meeting with Sanders, she was the party’s frontrunner for president, steadily climbing in the polls through the summer until she eclipsed former Vice President Joe Biden.
The clear frontrunner at the October 15 debate, Warren took it from all sides, but none more damaging than the barrage from former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who attacked her for not having a plan to “pay for” the Medicare for All proposal she endorsed. “We heard it tonight: a yes or no question that didn’t get a yes or no answer,” he said. “Your signature, senator, is to have a plan for everything. Except this.”
…Warren was trying hard not to give an answer she thought would be kryptonite in a general election — that taxes might go up for the middle class — and so she focused on overall costs instead. “We can pay for this. I’ve laid out the basic principles,” she said. “Costs are going to go up for the wealthy. They’re going to go up for big corporations. They will not go up for middle-class families. And I will not sign a bill into law that raises their costs, because costs are what people care about.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, teaming up with Buttigieg, compared Warren unfavorably with Sanders — who at the time wasn’t seen as a threat, having just emerged from a Las Vegas hospital after a heart attack.
“At least Bernie’s being honest here and saying how he’s going to pay for this and that taxes are going to go up. And I’m sorry, Elizabeth, but you have not said that, and I think we owe it to the American people to tell them where we’re going to send the invoice,” Klobuchar said.
It was Buttigieg and Klobuchar who first stuck the knife in. Rather than saying ‘Mexico’ will pay for it, or arguing that middle class taxes would increase (though premiums would disappear for a net gain for most), she backed herself into a corner–and didn’t have an answer at all, followed by a bad policy response.
So by all means, reward the moderate wing of the party, the one that damaged Warren’s campaign, with your vote in return.