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By God, Elizabeth Warren Can Win This Thing

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 26, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 26, 2019 |


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If you want to feel better about the future of the world, feel hope for the future of the country, and start each day in a positively giddy mood, go through Elizabeth Warren Twitter first thing every morning. It literally feels like waking up to a hug.

Listen y’all: Yesterday, 15,000 people showed up to a rally for Elizabeth Warren in Seattle. They had to actually move the venue to accommodate her crowd.

That is 15,000 more people not only willing to vote for Elizabeth Warren but willing to knock on doors and convince others to vote for Elizabeth Warren. And you know what she does after speaking to a crowd of 15,000 people? She stands in line for selfies for four hours. FOUR HOURS. Welcoming everyone.

And the thing is, as she said yesterday (in taking an indirect swipe at Joe Biden), she’s not just running against Donald Trump. She’s running for something. “We’re not gonna win this by just saying ‘not Trump.’ It’s not enough to not be Trump.” I mean, she’s sort of wrong about that — it is enough to be “not Trump,” but it’s so much better to also stand for something.

And look: She’s got the Whole Foods crowd now. White Democrats, the so-called “wine track” are lining up behind her. But can she win over Black voters, an absolute necessity if she wants to win the nomination, much less the Presidency?

It’s worth noting here, too, that in October 2007, Hillary Clinton still held a commanding lead over Barack Obama for one very simple reason: She had a 57 to 33 percent lead among Black voters. There’s still plenty of time for Warren — Obama didn’t start pulling Black support away from Hillary Clinton until November/December 2007.

Warren might even peel off a handful of reasonable conservatives.

And look: I don’t know if Dwayne Johnson has come around on Elizabeth Warren yet (he seems like the kind of celebrity who won’t commit to anyone for fear of alienating fans), but his Ballers character, Spencer Strasmore, is on board the E-Train:

And Warren, of course, loves herself some Ballers.

I’m not saying that Elizabeth Warren’s nomination is inevitable — a lot can happen between now and the Democratic convention — but it truly is starting to feel like it’s moving quickly in that direction. As Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum says in “Black Gold,” nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd, and Warren’s crowd looks poised to snowball her into victory.

Also: Holy crap. Norm from Cheers is in that video.


Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.


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