What Will Warren Do Next?

She’s dropped out. Now what?

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Photo via Elizabeth Warren on Instagram

After Super Tuesday during which she placed third in her own state of Massachusetts behind Biden and Bernie, Elizabeth Warren has officially dropped out of the 2020 Presidential race.

It will be fascinating to see what she does next, and who she decides to endorse if anyone at all.

Personally, while I find it very possible that she will endorse no one at all, I think a Bernie endorsement would almost certainly come before a Biden endorsement for a number of reasons. While I don’t think she particularly wants to endorse Bernie, she has declined to endorse anyone for now in a likely effort to see which campaign will give her a better offer. There is no doubt in my mind that Bernie would give Warren a far better position than Biden would. After all, news was leaked that his campaign had in fact looked in to whether or not someone could be Vice President and Treasury Secretary at the same time, which was an obvious signal they were considering Warren.

Biden has absolutely no use for Warren, and I don’t think she would add anything to his campaign. Let’s not forget the two of them despise each other as well, and the entire reason she ran for Senate is because she was so vehemently opposed to his bankruptcy bill. I find it far more likely Buttigieg and Klobuchar would certainly get a coveted position in his administration before she did, and I’m sure Warren knows that, too.

While Warren has said she would decline to endorse for now, I have a feeling one will be coming soon. Putting aside how soured I have become towards her over the course of this election process and in the last couple months in particular, if she were to endorse Bernie this weekend before the Tuesday voting, she would be back in my good graces and I’m sure many other Bernie supporters as well.

That being said, it’s also an unfortunately very real possibility that she is simply waiting to see who the winner is likely going to be and go with her safest option. But on some level I think she knows if she endorses Biden, any chances of recovering her political career and capital for future presidential runs are essentially over.

It’s going to be interesting to see what she will do next. But the longer she goes without endorsing, the more leverage she loses. If she doesn’t endorse anyone before the upcoming primaries on Tuesday, it’s all but guaranteed she’ll just be waiting until the winner is more obvious. I’m not holding my breath and won’t be surprised if she doesn’t, but I’m cautiously optimistic about the chances of Bernie getting her endorsement. The dynamics of this entire race have changed completely in such a rapid way, and it’s all hands on deck for anyone who believes in making significant change possible in this country. Whether she endorsed or not, I that Warren’s supporters will consider joining Bernie’s.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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