Warren looks to take on Trump

  • 1 January 2019
  • NormanL

The new year has barely gotten started and what do we discover in the headlines? Democrats declaring their intention to run for their party's 2020 presidential nomination. First up: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday announced the formation of an exploratory committee for president, making her the first top-tier candidate to make a formal move toward running for the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Ms. Warren, long among the highest-profile members of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, is one of at least two dozen candidates who might seek the party’s presidential nomination. Her political stature within the party has diminished since her October release of a genetic analysis that she said provided evidence of her Native American ancestry. That was received poorly by some Democrats, and President Trump mocked her.

That last bit is very telling. Yes, the president did mock Warren's claim to be a Native American. The thing is, Warren took Trump's bait, got a DNA test, and then publicized the results. What did this brief episode demonstrate? That with little to no effort, Warren can be stampeded into doing something silly. And if the president can do it over something as unimportant as ancestry, image what the other Democratic presidential contenders will do to Warren during the primaries.

Warren is not the first to announce:

Ms. Warren enters a field that includes Maryland Rep. John Delaney, who announced his candidacy in 2017, and Julián Castro, the former U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary, who formed an exploratory committee on Dec. 12. Mr. Castro plans to make his candidacy formal at a Jan. 12 event in San Antonio.

All of which is neat, for them, but also utterly beside the point. All eyes are on bigger names like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Joe Biden (among many others).