Warren’s Biggest Flaw, From a Leftist’s Perspective.
Throughout this 2020 primary season, the dynamic of the left versus the centrists among the numerous democratic candidates has been interesting to say the least. Perhaps one of the most hopeful and telling aspects so far has been the relationship between Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Regardless of how anyone might feel about the personal politics of these two lawmakers, it’s certainly been interesting to see how these two have responded to each other’s proposals.
Giving credit where credit is due, there’s no doubt that these two are the most policy driven candidates in the race. Because of that, we are given a glimpse in to their leadership styles, where their priorities truly lie, how they view the problems facing every day Americans, and the best ways to solve them.
But along with that comes the emergence of flaws as we get to know these candidates, and unfortunately as time goes on I’ve come to notice one that I just can’t get beyond when it comes to Senator Warren.
Perhaps if Bernie Sanders weren’t on the stage, and hadn’t run in 2016, Elizabeth Warren’s lack of courage in certain areas would have been less obvious. To be fair, it’s easy to look like the more reserved and cautious one when vying for the nomination at the same time as one of the most leftist mainstream candidates in modern American history. But whether it be when we’re looking at policy proposals for student loan debt, wealth taxes, or healthcare plans, there’s no denying that Bernie Sanders just continues to dominate the narrative, and is much more willing to advocate for things that Warren just can’t bring herself to.
By only advocating for student loan debt to be eliminated under certain conditions, Elizabeth Warren left plenty of room for Bernie Sanders to outflank her on the left and he was more than happy to do so. Unfortunately for her, that has become an ongoing theme throughout the primary, and leaves me wishing Warren wasn’t so cautious.
Warren’s lack of courage really isn’t new. It is well known that before the 2016 election cycle Bernie Sanders asked her to run. But as we all saw, Elizabeth Warren was unwilling to challenge the Clinton machine, and waited quietly to see if she would be her potential Vice President while Bernie emerged as the progressive force and leader for the left that desperately needed one.
However, where Warren’s caution and lack of courage bothers me most is when it comes to Medicare for All. Frankly nothing bothers me more than when anyone either on the left or more centered point in the political spectrum tries to equate her to Bernie in terms of their healthcare proposals.
Any honest actor could easily tell you it isn’t even close.
While Bernie Sanders singlehandedly took healthcare and made it the center of the conversation across the country, Elizabeth Warren doesn’t even have a clear cut plan. In an instance where Bernie became an unapologetic leader, advocating for something that wasn’t even considered politically popular at the time, Elizabeth Warren even today is still worried about toeing the line.
To her credit, Elizabeth Warren is incredibly skilled at advocating for solid changes, without ruffling too many feathers. But in my view, we’re long past the point where anything will get done unless we take bold action. Nice speeches and pretty language about big structural change really don’t mean anything if you won’t fight for any of it once you get the power to do so.
I like her, but Warren’s vagueness in certain areas has raised some red flags not just for me, but many people on the left. That being said, there’s plenty of time for her to listen to the critics and make her case.