[Senator Elizabeth Warren] has been hailed as a possible 2016 presidential contender among some on the left. Yet Warren has also become a lightning rod for criticism from conservatives who say she represents no less than a new breed of tax-and-spend, entitlement-rich uber-liberals in the mold of President Barack Obama. Her rise to national prominence has even led some critics back home to dust off the state’s old nickname, “Taxachusetts.”
So she may seem at first blush an odd choice to campaign for Democrat Natalie Tennant in this year’s Senate race in West Virginia — which has become as anti-Obama and anti-liberal as any state in the nation right now.
Actually, I get why Tennant is trying this: it’s because the Tennant campaign is being slowly strangled to death by the national Democratic party’s insane religious fanaticism when it comes to coal policy, and she needs a game changer. Absent an actual pledge to caucus with the Republican party – which probably would not work, at that* – the Democrat’s options are pretty much limited at this point. Republican Shelley Capito is up in the polls and time is running out. Tennant’s only hope is in trying to play the populist card; and while there are no actual populists in the Democratic party, per se, Elizabeth Warren can kind of pretend to be one in a pinch. Sort of. Not really.
Look, they don’t call it a ‘Hail Mary’ pass because the Queen of Heaven is in the habit of reaching down from the sky and ensuring that the football goes into the waiting hands of the receiver, OK? Desperation moves rarely work, otherwise they wouldn’t be desperation moves. It’s a measure of how bad things are getting for the Democrats in West Virginia that this one is even being tried…
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*At least, it wouldn’t work in West Virginia.