Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, as one of the last top-tier presidential candidates to drop out of the 2020 race, has a rare opportunity to potentially change the course of things. All it would take was a simple endorsement for either the like-minded Bernie Sanders or the more centrist Joe Biden. Up until now, she has been hesitant to say much about either.
And according to the New York Times, she is sticking to that decision, at least for the moment.
“Ms. Warren is expected to withhold her endorsement from Mr. Sanders as well as Mr. Biden at this point, choosing to let the primary play out rather than seek to change its course, according to several people familiar with Ms. Warren’s thinking who spoke on the on the condition of anonymity to discuss her considerations.”
But that doesn’t mean both campaigns haven’t tried to “coax” the progressive lawmaker.
The Times says, “Ms. Warren has spoken to Mr. Biden once since Super Tuesday but multiple times to Mr. Sanders, as she and her team have fielded overtures from Sanders supporters seeking to coax her to his aid. Some of the Vermont senator’s prominent online supporters have clamored for Ms. Warren to get behind his campaign, given how closely the two politicians are aligned on policy matters.”
However, at this point, any endorsement may be futile on her part.
After all, Sanders just experienced his second but just as equally disappointing Super Tuesday loss, spelling out what many have assumed to be the end of his primary race. It would hardly do Warren any good at this stage to endorse someone who, depending on the next round of primaries, may well be throwing in the towel sooner rather than later.
And, of course, there is the fact that while Warren’s ideas may align closer to Sanders’ for the most part, she has had issues with his campaign and leadership abilities.
Most of them being attributed to his so-called Bernie Bros, which have been known to avidly support the Vermont lawmaker using less than gentile tactics.
The New York Post reported, “Warren claimed that so-called Bernie Bros, as Sanders’ staunchest supporters have come to be known, posted the home addresses and phone numbers of numerous women of color who worked for or ran groups that had either endorsed her or not endorsed Sanders.”
Senator Warren held Sanders responsible for these actions, stating, “I wanna say this for all candidates, back when there were lots of us, we are responsible for the people who claim to be our supporters and do really threatening, ugly, dangerous things.”
She also accused the man of being sexist, claiming that he had once admitted to her that he didn’t think a woman could win against Trump.
So it isn’t all that shocking she would then want to support someone with these less than desirable traits.
On the other hand, it might not be in her best interest to support former Vice President Joe Biden, either.
The main reason would be that doing so would be like flip-flopping on nearly all of her platform issues, as Biden is just about on the other end of the spectrum than she. Her supporters and fans will not likely be thrilled with the notion that she would endorse centrism so quickly and, therefore, might not be willing to re-elect her to the Senate come the next election.
Besides, it’s not like Biden is going to offer her much by choosing to support him. While he has mentioned that he would like to bring a woman on board as his running mate, it is doubtful to be Warren. She is neither black, as Biden would prefer, nor on the same page with his agenda.
Now, should Bernie somehow start winning in the primaries and possibly cause harm to Biden’s chances in the upcoming debates, Warren might change her mind on not endorsing the self-proclaimed socialist. Sanders, unlike Biden, just might reward her with some kind of high-profile position, possibly even VP.
Then again, with her poor track record for honesty, she might just as well leave her career lying in the dust.