Summary of “Elizabeth Warren Is Waging a Full-Body Fight to Defeat Trump”

Watching Warren this steamy summer as she works to move her party through the perilous wilderness of the Donald Trump administration, through the midterms and her own reelection to the Senate, and then perhaps toward a run for the presidency, she appears to have committed her whole body to the effort.
In the absence of a clear favorite to challenge Trump and the Republicans, Warren has emerged in just the past few weeks as the de facto leader of the Democratic Party, and accordingly, the candidate-of-the-moment for 2020.
The battles have burned hottest with Trump himself; it’s clear that Warren scares the president nearly as much as that other 60-something white grandma did, and he devotes an inordinate amount of energy to insulting her.
There are those – often political reporters and longtime Democratic denizens – who remind me that she was a weak candidate in 2012, that her politics are too far left, and that she’d activate the Trump base; an early 2017 poll showed Trump losing to a generic Dem but winning against Warren.
Warren’s style – her competence, precision, and practicality – combined with the apparently endless thrill of hating Hillary Clinton, along with stories pushed by the right to maximally alienate the left about her purportedly cozy private relationships with the bankers she publicly assails, plus the fact that she is the same age, race, and gender as the former Democratic candidate, mean that Elizabeth Warren basically is Hillary Clinton – or could be cast as smudgily indistinguishable from her within about five minutes of entering a presidential contest.
Notwithstanding all this, Warren has already been described, in her 2012 race, as “Hectoring” and “Schoolmarmish”; in 2016, Mika Brzezinski, that great advocate for women’s “Value,” suggested that Warren was “Shrill unmeasured and almost unhinged.” In a 2016 story about the senator, the New York Times characterized Warren as “Imperious” and “Never short on confidence” as she swept through congressional hallways in her “Jewel-toned jacket” – a frame absolutely chilling in its familiarity.
After the indictment of 12 Russian nationals for hacking the DNC server in an attempt to interfere with the 2016 election, Warren tweeted to Trump that he should “Cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States.” In a pep talk with her state campaign staff in June, Warren baldly declared, “This is an administration that is rife with corruption, with favoritism, and with just outright stupidity.”
When in the fall she told her own #MeToo story on Meet the Press, about back when she was a “Baby law professor” and a senior faculty member chased her around his desk trying to grab her, she recalled thinking, “If he gets hold of me, I’m going to punch him right in the face.” And Warren is so proud of her Twitter takedowns of our president that she actually published many of them, in Twitter format, in her recent book, This Fight Is Our Fight.

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