Her differences with Sanders are her greatest strengths
There are many things that Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders agree on, and they may very well decide in the future to campaign together.
But for now, they are separate candidates and Warren deserves the majority of the vote come Super Tuesday.
One of the top reasons resonates across the internet: Sanders is a well known, self professed socialist.
His supporters say that it isn’t as bad of a term as people are making it out to be, but the fact remains that the very word will put some people off, the same people that Democrats want to vote blue come November.
Personally, I have family members who have always voted Republican, every year, as long as I can remember. Recently, one of them told me that he would not be voting for Trump come November. However, he also would not vote for Bernie. He wants someone different than what we have, and I think much of America feels the same, but at the same time, the term “socialist” completely destroys any chance of getting this family member to vote for Bernie, and thus, for a Democrat if he becomes the nominee.
Warren, on the other hand, is a self professed capitalist.
You can read a thorough description in the linked article, but she supports having businesses compete, and doesn’t think that the business leaders need to give a substantial cut to their employees. She just wants to keep big businesses from making everyone else’s success impossible.
“Competition. I love competition. I want to see every start-up business, everybody who’s got a good idea, have a chance to get in the market and try. This is what’s so interesting to me. There are so many people right now who argue against these reforms and other reforms, who claim they are pro-business. They’re not. They’re pro-monopoly. They’re pro–concentration of power, which crushes competition.”- Warren
She is a huge fan of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and her policies seem to echo those of George Bailey, who wants the small businesses to succeed and to keep the “Potters” of the world from owning and controlling everything.
I can’t convince my family to vote for a professed socialist, but I can talk up a candidate who so clearly likes the capitalist way of thinking. Even Republicans, who might be thinking of crossing the line, can consider a progressive candidate if she isn’t so far past the line.
The country is so evenly divided these days, we need party crossing Republicans to seal the deal, and they are more likely to back a capitalist with progressive ideas than a socialist with similar goals.
Secondly, as a teacher, I appreciate plans, and Bernie seems to be filled with big ideas, but lacks the details for precisely how he will make his plans work. How will he actually achieve what he promises, and how will he get funding for his plans? On his recent 60 minutes interview, he had to confess that he didn’t know.
“Sanders: Well, I can’t — you know, I can’t rattle off to you every nickel and every dime. But we have accounted for — you — you talked about “Medicare for All.” We have options out there that will pay for it.”
From my experience teaching, having no plans means that it is difficult to have the best lesson, and ensure you reach the most students. Great lesson plans lead to great lessons- no plans leave me questioning how these impossible goals under Bernie will come to life.
The candidate with the plans, the details of how to accomplish many of the same or similar goals is Warren.
“It’s rare, at this stage of a presidential campaign, somebody distinguishes themselves by the boldness and detail of their policies,” said Robert B. Reich.
For example, in her plan to put Medicare for all into action, she knows better than to say that it will be ready to go the minute she steps into the Oval Office. She has been in politics long enough to know that you have to go through Congress to get most things approved, and she has a multi-step plan for just how to accomplish that.
The Bernie supporters don’t seem to notice that he has big ideas, with little details of how he plans to accomplish these goals. He has these big speeches, and he brings crowds, but if he was actually elected, they might be disappointed in their leader, who doesn’t actually know how to get these promises fulfilled.
At the debate on February 25th, Warren correctly asserted that “…getting a progressive agenda enacted is going to be really hard, and it’s going to take someone who digs into the details to make it happen.” She has shown that she has ideas and plans for those all important details, and those details are sorely lacking from the current leader.
Finally, this November, I think this country needs someone who cares about others on a deep, personal level. Warren cares enough to call everyone on their birthdays, she cares enough to stay in touch with the candidates who are now out of the running, and she cares enough to randomly call her supporters and thank them. Bernie flat out admits that he isn’t good at pleasantries and he won’t call you on your birthday.
To be fair, this level of personal attention and care doesn’t necessarily translate into solid presidential policy, but it does speak to her character and leadership qualities. After the Trump administration that has had turnover in 78% of its key positions, we need our next president to instill loyalty so that the people supporting him or her can continue to get better at their positions over time.
One of my huge problems with Trump is that he doesn’t set a positive example for my kids, he doesn’t set a positive example for my students and he doesn’t set a positive example of how we, as a nation, should treat each other.
Warren’s personal touch, and her willingness to call people and care about even the little things show me that she is the type of person we need in leadership. Bernie might have ideas, but he doesn’t have the same personal touch that I think would be refreshing for our country after the last several years.
She hasn’t lost yet, and she still has a very viable chance of pulling off the win if she can get a huge surge in this next week’s primary contests.
If the Democrats want to win in November, it is our best bet to put our votes and our money behind the candidate that can pull some from the right, keep those on the left getting what they are hoping for, and unite our party.
I believe that Senator Warren is the person who can accomplish all of those goals, if the voters can rally behind her this upcoming Tuesday in the primaries.