Wow. This is a surprisingly good article. I gotta say, though: I don’t agree w/the assumption she’s going to lose. Buttigieg will peak soon. Sanders may still fall short, just as he did in 2016. Biden is weaker than everybody thought (except some of us). I actually think she’s running the right campaign. Persisting, you might say.
«What I think this man means is that ever since 2016, we have been trapped in a vague debate about electability, and whether it’s only men who have it. In the fog of uncertainty over Hillary Clinton’s complicated defeat (she neglected Wisconsin, she used a private email server, she was a “nasty woman” slain by weaponized misogyny, she still won the popular vote), the debate has mutated into an abstract panic about whether any woman can get elected in 2020.
These days, of course, people don’t say, “I won’t vote for a woman”; they say, “I’m scared my moderate father-in-law needs a man on the ballot to motivate him to the polls.”
But Warren’s supporters, more than anyone else, said they’d vote for whomever they needed to vote for.
One way to read this is that Warren doesn’t have crossover appeal: She appeals only to the folks who would have voted Democratic no matter what. Another way to read this is that her supporters are as practical as they are passionate: There’s an outcome they’d prefer, but if it doesn’t happen, they’ll move on to the next best thing. They’ve got a plan for that.
After talking to enough of her fans, I think it’s the second explanation. The second explanation, mixed with something deeper:
Loving Elizabeth Warren means planning for America to break your heart.»
BUT NOT YET and maybe just not, period. I want to emphasize that. She can win, the primary and the general, despite what Twitter says.