Elizabeth Warren is a hero of the Democratic base.
Her brand of radical left-wing politics rocketed her to super stardom with leftists all across America.
But becoming the face of the Democratic Party is going to have some disturbing consequences.
The 2018 midterms will be a contest of base voter mobilization.
Whichever side’s supporters are more fired up to turn out and vote will win the election.
Now that the GOP controls all three branches of government, “hate” figures such as Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are out of the picture.
So Republicans are more than happy to play along with the Democrats desire to elevate Elizabeth Warren to the status of party leader.
“Warren is getting top billing in news releases by the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Senate Leadership Fund, a prominent Republican super PAC with ties to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). The NRSC is launching a new round of digital ads on Wednesday dinging incumbent Democrats for voting with Warren, officials said. And it’s just a matter of time before she’s featured prominently in TV ads, too.
“Elizabeth Warren is the face of the Democratic Party,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner (Colo.). “She’s extremely popular with their base, and that’s why she’s leading them right now. That’s why [Democrats] are voting 100 percent of the time with Elizabeth Warren.”
Republicans have long tried to personalize off-year election cycles, driving a wedge between vulnerable incumbents and their lightning-rod leaders. In 2010, the GOP spent $75 million on advertisements featuring then-House speaker Pelosi. To a lesser degree they tried it again in 2014 with Reid, the Democratic Senate leader, who was often featured with Obama. Both GOP wave elections were cast as referendums on Obama.
There are fewer targets now with Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress. Schumer has relatively low name ID and a reputation as a dealmaker, not a partisan warrior.
So Warren it is. Her liberal profile makes for an inviting contrast to the image of moderation that swing-state Democrats will be aiming to project in a host of conservative-leaning states next year, Republicans say. And to the extent they can knock Warren down a few pegs, it would diminish an early Democratic frontrunner for president in 2020.”
Warren’s brand of hard-charging, left-wing politics plays well on college campuses and coastal cities.
But Politico reports that Republicans argue the map in 2018 makes Warren a perfect foil:
“But according to Republicans, her popularity simply doesn’t extend to the states where the midterms will be won or lost — places like North Dakota, West Virginia, Missouri, Indiana and Montana.
“In the states that Trump won that Democrats are running in, I can’t imagine that she helps them. I think she hurts them,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), a former chairman of the NRSC.
The first election after a new president is sworn in typically gives the minority party a major opportunity to wrest back some control of Washington. But there are nearly a dozen Democratic senators up for reelection next year in competitive states, and only two Republicans.”
Will Elizabeth Warren be the other face of Democratic defeat in 2018?
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