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Road to the White House: Warren Takes the Heat

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The fourth Democratic presidential debate can be described as one candidate surrounded by eleven wolves circling and looking for any opportunity to pounce.

They ignored Senator Elizabeth Warren when she announced that she would be running for president. They figured her wonkiness wouldn't appeal to everyday voters. They ignored her when she began to rise in the polls. They figured Trump would take her down with his Pocahontas belittlement. They were wrong.

Warren has continued her rise, overtaking both Bernie Sanders, her compadre on the progressive side of the party, and Joe Biden, the moderate leader of the pack who stakes his claim to the presidency on the coattails of Barack Obama.

Against a backdrop of possible genocide in Syria, twelve candidates gathered in Ohio and the challengers could no longer ignore her.

The participants can be divided into at least four groups: The attack dogs, the target, the forgotten and the virtually invisible.

ATTACK DOGS: GABBARD, KLOBUCHAR AND BUTTIGIEG.

There were three attack dogs in this debate: Hawaiian representative Tulsi Gabbard, Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar and Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. There were times when Mayor Pete seemed determined to attack anyone and everyone. He clearly had Warren in mind from the start but he saw an opportunity to hit Tulsi Gabbard and he jumped at it. Gabbard, who defended herself against CNN and the New York Times for suggesting she's a Russian asset, baited Warren on the only opportunity she got, demanding that the Massachusetts senator reaffirm her antiwar stance. Warren did not hesitate to do so. Gabbard was cut off on her second attempt.

As a distant challenger in the Democratic race, it seems Gabbard has accepted a subservient role in this race. In the beginning she was clearly the strongest antiwar voice and her function was to remind the candidates that the party is fundamentally antiwar. In the second debate she went on the attack against California Senator Kamala Harris. Harris had distinguished herself in the first debate by being the first to attack frontrunner Joe Biden. The bump Harris got in the polls all but vanished when the case she made for busing as a means to integrate the schools did not pan out. In retrospect, it seemed forced and rehearsed. Gabbard's attack on Harris may have done harm but it did not benefit the attacker. Her attack on Warren missed the mark.

Mild-mannered midwestern Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota led the charge with an estimated fourteen attacks mostly aimed squarely at the head of Warren. Emboldened by her recent appearance on Bill Maher's Real Time, Klobuchar seemed genuinely incensed that Warren gets credit for all the bold ideas when other people have ideas too.

I wouldn't want to earn Klobuchar's wrath but bold ideas don't come from the middle ground. To those of us who favor the bold progressive platforms of Sanders and Warren, the repeated claim that Klobuchar can win in Republican districts does not give us confidence.

We understand that while Klobuchar attacks Warren, her real target is Joe Biden. They occupy the same moderate territory along with everyone in the field but Warren and Sanders. (Gabbard is just an observer at this point.)

Mayor Pete runs the risk of losing the aura of a nice guy with his persistent attacks on Warren, his opportunistic potshot at Gabbard and a few swings at his favorite target: Former representative Beto O'Rourke of Texas. It seems the mayor recognized his rival early on and hasn't missed a chance to attack him since. O'Rourke seemed to hit a nerve when he suggested that some candidates give too much attention to opinion polls and focus groups. Buttigieg took it personally and fired back: "I don't need lessons from you on courage." It was a cheap shot and it might ultimately backfire.

Mayor Pete is in fifth place and he knows he has to make a move. He seems certain he has the argument against Warren. Why would anyone want Medicare for All when you can have Medicare for All Who Want It? There's a very real reason that the mayor's compromise approach will not work though neither Sanders nor Warren has chosen to elucidate the point. Warren came close when she spoke of private insurance companies dropping coverage with a diagnosis of cancer or heart disease or any other costly condition.

Consider a two-tiered system where some have reasonably priced private insurance and others have public insurance. Those with private insurance are healthy and young and low risk. That's why their insurance rates are low. When someone in the private insurance pool is diagnosed with a serious and costly disease, their rates go up or their policy is dropped at the first opportunity. That's how profit-based insurance works. Inevitably, since the Medicare group has all the high-risk population, it becomes insolvent. Inevitably, the system fails.

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Funny how she began to rise after meeting with Hillary. Coincidence? She can now do no wrong according to the corporate-controlled media even though she waffles on every issue she mentions. She has no signature issue. Actually, the media protected her when Tulsi Gabbard simply asked Warren her views on foreign policy. I guess asking her to explain herself is an attack. In the case of Mayor Pete asking a question would be considered sexist.

I do not believe Warren could hold up to the attack dogs Tulsi is getting over made up demonizing or having met with Assad, something that has been done by Nancy Pelosi, the Queen of England, and others where they were highlighted for attempting to bring peace. No, Warren would not fair well.

Let the DNC controlled by Hillary have their charade only to find Trump is re-elected in 2020 and again we will be barraged by the fact the Russians did it. Psychopaths simply don't live in reality.

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Hello, Dennis. Nice to hear from you again. At another time I'm sure we would have been allies. I am no fan of the Clintons though either is preferable to Trump. Having lost her run at the presidency, Hillary is no longer a significant factor in American politics. She's yesterday's news and she made a fool of herself with her attack on Gabbard. Warren does not waffle. Name one issue where she has waffled. She is under attack my the mainstream media and mainstream candidates for not saying she'll raise middle class taxes. She'll have to do better -- including attacking the moderate Medicare for All who Want It position.

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She not only waffles on issues but on her own life experiences. We have a couple of tales regarding her first teaching experience, We have several tales regarding her race. She tells of not taking PAC money yet she has received $11,000 from the Creative Artists Agency for one, She has made several comments that are contrary to what she has said in the past, however they are quickly silenced by many of the members of that same Creative Artists Agency, who BTW the Clintons have given money to. One could go on regarding the fix that is in for Warren to be the "chosen one" of 2020, thus once again giving the people no choice, but rather the choice of Clinton machine.

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Life experiences? You'll have to do better than that. Creative Artists Agency? Did you know Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga are clients? They seem to be a talent agency. What do you think they are? At this point you're not making a very strong case. Give me some sources.

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Read up on them. They also have many broadcasters as clients. Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are clients. Spike Lee joined and suddenly abandoned Sanders in favor of Harris. Read up on them and the UTA.

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