The Story Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Telling by Russell Berman
I’m not sure if this will become a recurring thing or not, but I’m finding some pretty good reads on the interwebs lately and want to get them in front of more eyeballs.
I think the point is well made here. Warren really shouldn’t worry about any kind of backlash from liberals over openly discussing her Republican background–but she could certainly get hurt by allowing someone else to use it as a “dirty little secret” against her by staying quiet on the subject. Those who may thumb their nose at her for not being a liberal from birth have pretty much already decided she’s not their first choice. However, I submit that there is a huge opportunity here for her to reach out to people by saying, “hey, I used to think like a Republican. I used to think that poor people were lazy and stupid and unmotivated, until I actually took a hard look at reality and realized that it was the system that I was promoting which was keeping them down. So, I changed my position to fit reality rather than trying to change reality to fit my position.” The reason why that argument didn’t work for Hillary is because she never really gave up her Republican core. Certainly not her Republican talking points. Not true for Warren, and I think that’s the key here. She could really be the one person who can not only have the backing of liberals, but also the backing of the other swing voters as well.