I can imagine Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has had her eyes set on the Oval Office for some time now, and it was likely that she thought her moment was upon her as she locked horns with President Donald Trump directly. She probably thought she was the leader of the Resistance with Hillary Clinton more or less out of the picture and believed she was destined for great things.
So it must really be crushing to watch the Presidency, once within her grasp, start to slip away with little or nothing she can do about it and knowing it’s now out of reach because of something stupid she did.
You’ll recall that Warren, pushed to the brink my Trump, ended up taking a DNA test in order to prove her claims of Native American ancestry true. In the end, it just proved what everybody already knew. She was as white a fresh sheet of copy paper. Now, not only was she white, she was a massive joke to everybody.
Thus, Warren watched as her dreams crumbled to dust in her hands.
But if anyone was holding out hope that perhaps time would heal the wound, then they can probably kiss that hope goodbye too. If the support was there, then surely it would exist in Warren’s own hometown.
But it doesn’t.
The Boston Globe released an article that began by speaking of former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick who had explored the possibility of running for President and even putting together a solid campaign approach. However, Patrick withdrew from the idea and made the announcement, citing his reason from walking away as “the cruelty of our elections process.”
The Globe seems to admire Patrick’s choice and noted that they wish more Massachusetts candidates would follow his lead.
This includes Warren, whom the Globe said had “missed her moment”:
Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there’s reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020. While Warren won reelection, her margin of victory in November suggests there’s a ceiling on her popularity; Baker garnered more votes than she did in a state that is supposed to be a Democratic haven. Meanwhile, a September poll indicated that Massachusetts voters were more enthusiastic about Patrick making a White House bid than Warren.
To be fair, the Globe makes it clear that Warren is far more useful elsewhere and is a needed, counterbalancing force in the era of Trump.
It’s clear, however, that Warren didn’t just miss her opportunity in 2016. Clinton was chosen by the DNC and no amount of popularity from other candidates was going to stand in the way of that. Just ask Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Warren missed her opportunity in 2018 to establish herself as Trump’s foil, mainly because she proved to be Trump’s plaything.
The bottom line is that Warren proved herself to be someone who can be goaded and manipulated. Trump played her like a fiddle and she hit every note he wanted beautifully. She acted out of being mocked and tripped over her own gusto to show someone up.
It’s not a good look, and America would rather someone like that be kept out of the higher officers.