May 3, 2017

Elizabeth Warren’s Book Tour/Presidential Soft Launch Continues To Create Bad News

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s national profile might be rising thanks to her book tour, yet the complications coming from her increasing presence continue to cause problems for her and the Democratic Party. First, former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has fired back at Warren over her comments about President Obama’s speaking fees.

Speaking with CNN, Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz told Warren to back off because what Obama does as a private citizen is none of Warren’s business:

“After being shown both criticisms during an interview on CNN’s ‘Erin Burnett OutFront,’ Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz fired back that ‘it is none of anyone’s business what someone who is a member of the private sector decides to accept in terms of compensation.'”

Warren’s “national profile” is also calling into question how committed she is to Massachusetts. Warren’s poll numbers in her home state have been less than stellar all year. One thing that won’t help Warren’s home state credibility is the belief that Warren is already looking past 2018 to 2020. America Rising was quick to note that Warren’s book tour doubled as a soft-launch for a 2020 presidential campaign. Now well into that book tour, Politico reports that Warren is checking all those boxes:

“But she’s also doing everything she needs to do to prepare for a presidential run just in case, cutting a noticeably high public profile and harnessing her political celebrity to shape the party’s future. It’s a future in which many expect she may be running for president, or at least to better position herself to shape the party’s priorities in the event she doesn’t run.”

Yet while Warren is looking to break beyond liberal enclaves, Politico also highlighted in their story that Warren has an awful track record helping elect other Democrats:

“Even if Warren’s 2018 reelection contest never takes shape, national GOP leaders have identified that race as a prime opportunity to test lines of attack on her, starting with portraying her as an out-of-touch Harvard elitist whose political views are too far to the left. In recent years she’s campaigned for a wide range of Democratic candidates in states the party needs, they note, but Senate hopefuls from Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes to Ohio’s Ted Strickland have fallen short.”

Warren’s efforts to become the leader of the Democratic Party have been rocky so far. In fact, MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki said that Warren sounds like a Washington “establishment figure” now. If this is what Warren presidential campaign looks like, Republicans can’t wait.