Elizabeth Warren Meets Bernie’s Fans
Hillary Clinton, Cecile Richards, Elizabeth Warren. Three liberal progressive women who have found themselves in the crosshairs of Bernie Sanders supporters for daring to cross his progressive army. Am I surprised? Of course not. I’ve seen it up close.
I have talked at length about Sanders supporters and their fervent zeal for their candidate that will allow them to cross into the realms of racism and sexism to make their point. This is different though.
These attacks question Warren’s commitment to the progressive cause (which has been unwavering since she joined the Democratic Party in the late 90s) and her loyalty to Sanders (which of course she has never professed though they are certainly likeminded). I think this underlies a bigger issue with the Sanders candidacy.
Sanders fans, actually the small minority from what I have actually seen in reaction to this story, seem to be novices to electoral politics. The idea of alliances and persuasion are not necessarily lost on them as much as they have never even considered their existence. Elizabeth Warren’s supporters, those whom are not backing Senator Sanders or Secretary Clinton, have to look at this backlash and wonder what exactly she or anyone would have to do to, short of endorsing Senator Sanders, to prove their progressive bona fides.
This is the same group of people, again small in number but vocal in nature, who attacked Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Human Rights Campaign for endorsing Hillary Clinton for President. I don’t think they know any limits in defending their hero. They don’t seem to recognize how problematic and contradictory it is to be wary of the establishment while supporting someone who has been in Congress for 30 years and government for 40 years. To them, if you aren’t wholeheartedly and enthusiastically behind Senator Sanders, you are against him and are the enemy. Super Tuesday welcomed Elizabeth Warren to that club.