Wrap your heads around this, Massachusetts Democrats: Your superstar U.S. senator and renowned national champion of progressive populism is currently losing the 2020 POTUS race to an unknown 37-year-old Indiana mayor with no national base and an unpronounceable name.
And he’s got a husband. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
Yesterday, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend announced that, despite governing a city the size of Lowell, he’s already raised $7 million — and counting. “We (you) are out-performing expectations at every turn,” Buttigieg said when he tweeted out the news.
When was the last time anyone used the “O”-word to describe the Warren campaign? The same day Mayor Pete was announcing his cash windfall, the Warren campaign was answering questions about their own finance director fleeing the scene. The New York Times broke the story with the headline: “Elizabeth Warren Loses Finance Director as She Struggles in Early Fund-Raising.”
That’s not the only place she’s struggling. In the new Emerson College poll of Iowa caucus-goers, Mayor Pete is in third place at 11 percent and Liz Warren’s in fifth (9 percent.) Five years ago, Warren was a national political celebrity being recruited by MoveOn.org to get into the 2016 presidential race. Five years ago, Mayor Pete was a small-city mayor and couldn’t get recognized in a police line-up.
And Warren, with 100 percent name ID and millions in Senate campaign dollars, can’t keep up with this guy?
Warren’s campaign is drifting toward irrelevancy and she knows it. That’s one reason she jumped on the “Creepy Joe” bandwagon, siding with former Vice President Biden’s accuser. Most of the other candidates stayed mum. Warren can’t afford to.
Then there are the ever-more-extreme policy initiatives she’s pushing. Warren is solidly in the tank for the Green New Deal, despite the fact that a new poll yesterday found that nearly half of New Hampshire voters are unwilling to spend a single penny in higher utility bills to pay for it.
Warren’s big-tech plan to force Apple out of the app business is both economically irrational and a lifestyle assault on Millennial/Gen-Z crowd hooked on their smartphones.
And now, in a desperate bid for attention, Warren’s gone full xenophobe: No foreigners should be able to buy American farmland.
“Iowa has the right idea,” Warren wrote in a newly released policy paper. “It passed a law prohibiting foreign individuals or entities from purchasing farmland for the purpose of farming. I support a national version of that law, and as president, I will use all available tools to restrict foreign ownership of American agriculture companies and farmland.”
If Donald Trump said something like this out loud and in public, we’d be inflicted with 700 hours of cable news commentary about Fuhrer Trump and his “blood and soil” populism. Warren announces she don’t want none o’ them tricky ferriners ownin’ our God-fearin’ American farmland, and you can’t find the story without a Google search.
And that’s the good news. Because the more you pay attention, the more embarrassing Warren gets. This week the House is holding hearings on the Mashpee casino plan that Sen. Warren was pushing so hard last year.
This year? Warren’s got no comment and hasn’t even filed legislation in the Senate. Why? “She’s been waved off,” an industry source tells InsideSources. “Everyone knows it’s her bill, but they [the Mashpees] don’t want her anywhere near it.”
Of course they don’t. If you were working on behalf of a Native American cause, would you?
Elizabeth Warren is a sitting U.S. senator with millions in the bank and plenty of fans in the liberal press, so she’s not going anywhere. She’s going to be in the POTUS race for months to come.
Forgotten, but not gone.
Michael Graham is a regular contributor to the Boston Herald. Follow him @IAmMGraham on Twitter