Snakes and would-be leaders: Warren’s Identity-Politics Race for the Nomination Dies as She Drags Sanders’ Campaign Down with Her

Those frustrated with Warren’s campaign tactics may entertain or console themselves through the rest of the primary season by playing ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ the ancient Indian game of morality and virtue.

By Laurie Dobson

I will bet, Elizabeth Warren, that it has been a long time since you had insecurity about the basic needs in life. You are supremely set up for life. I know your type; I used to float in your circles.

Wearing a fancy Patagonia jacket to your press conference to talk to all the little girls and crying about not being able to be their leader? Really? You probably do not even understand how nauseating it is to do this. You are probably so out of touch with realities on the ground, that you don’t see how sickening it is to allow the young girls of this generation to be represented by shysters because you will not risk sharing your endorsement.

I am not a young undereducated, lower class, minority woman. I am your age, almost, and have had my share of living in fancy locations. You are staying inside your comfort zone, representing those women, not the ones who actually need health care, social security or a living wage beyond the usual age of retirement.

The fact is, I did not come from diminished circumstances. I have arrived at my station due to a husband dying. I lost the money I got from his life insurance on a downturn in the market, forcing housing prices to plummet. I lost status, something you never discuss, or even profess an interest in. What about the older poor women, Elizabeth? How about the elders?

You seemed like a good bet to me, back in 2016 but you decided not to represent us women who could have used your help in getting the economy straightened around. Why didn’t you run? God knows we needed you then. Bernie did it, a man did it, you didn’t do it. He did the job and did it well. Then you had the gall on June 9, 2016, to support Hillary, and Bernie had to tell the country he was going to stay the course, despite your lack of endorsement or support back then.

In essence, you forced him to shift his focus to other groups, the young, the ‘minorities’, the outliers, the ones you were not as strong with, because you refused to show the country that another older, educated “suburbanite” white woman, would support him. Understand this rightly: Bernie Sanders, a decent man who has been careful and deferential towards you, was marginalized by you. His supporters largely returned to him again this time, although you have once again hurt his chances. You decided to run against him.

Embracing the identity politics single issues, you did not do the work of starting an actual movement. Instead, you used your privileged and entitled status as a woman to attack Bernie for something you yourself claim to believe…


For the rest of this article by LAURIE DOBSON, a journalist in Maine and a supporter of Sanders in both 2016 and 2020, has been covering the primary campaign for,please go to:

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