Blame Buttigieg and Klobuchar, Not the BernieBros

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.

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7 Responses to Blame Buttigieg and Klobuchar, Not the BernieBros

  1. No… pretty sure it’s the BernieBros and the Russian bots who pretend to be BernieBros. Nobody is paying attention to policy details. It’s all about attacks on gender. And wanting old white dudes instead of competent younger women.

    And really, this time around it’s that not many people pay that much attention and for people who haven’t been paying attention, Biden seems safe because Obama’s presidency was so much better than W’s or Trump’s.

    But yes, continue to blame women candidates for for being slightly imperfect. You’ve been doing this for at least 6 years and I wish you weren’t on anybody’s blogrolls so I could put you out of my mind.

    • Bern says:

      Ha ha
      Mike continuously stated his preference for Warren whenever he discussed issues about candidates (until she dropped out, and occasionally after).
      And I favored her too, because policy. Saying no one pays attention to that is silly. OK to say some people do not, but might as well say some people do not pay attention to politics…

  2. Stormcrow says:

    So by all means, reward the moderate wing of the party, the one that damaged Warren’s campaign, with your vote in return.

    Mike, should I take this to mean that Dems should either sit this one out, or vote third party? Recall what votes for a 3rd party candidate got us in 2000. And what sitting this one out got us in 2016.

  3. alwayscurious says:

    I’m not so worried about bruising primaries–that’s how it’s supposed to work. Instead, I’m upset by the trend of politicians (and their supporters) supporting the most center/leading candidate when they drop out rather than who is closest ideologically. If Buttigieg or Warren or any of the others had supported their ideologically closest opponent, it would have shifted the conversation left. If Buttigieg had supported Warren when he dropped, it would have helped her campaign. And if Warren had supported Bernie, it would have helped wrangle left leaning centrists away from Biden. Ultimately what would have remained: more fertile ground for a future progressive movement. Instead we have a progressive movement that will get sold short just as fast their prime candidates drop.

  4. David says:

    I was all-in for Warren (donated and volunteered), and I still think she would have been the best president in many decades. I was thrilled when her polling took off. But, truth be told, her numbers sank when she fumbled the “how will you pay for it?” question. She could have given almost any answer to rescue the situation, but she had nothing. Her lack of answer undermined her campaigning on “I have a plan for that.” Still, anybody in the democratic party is better, by far, than Trump.

    • David J. Littleboy says:

      “Still, anybody in the democratic party is better, by far, than Trump”

      I don’t think the Mad Biologist understands that. He’s young and innocent*. Us older folks have noticed that everything good that’s ever been done in the US was done by Democrats and opposed tooth and nail by the Repugs. The idea that there’s anything wrong with the Dems is nuts, ridiculous, and wrong.

      Personally, I like Warren as (and supported her for) senator. But she comes across badly in rallies; she’s just not a great public speaker and has a personality only a nerd could love (she was wonderful with Colbert). Besides, we need her working on policy; it would be a waste of a great national treasure to have he trying to do political things…

      *: I was once, too. The second election I was old enough to vote in was Tsongas vs. Ed Brooke. I thought it was really kewl and important that we had a Black Senator. But on the issues, there was no competition. There really is no such thing as a “good Republican”. Never has been, never will be.

  5. albanaeon says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised if there were a bit of coordination here.

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