Elizabeth Warren’s increasingly dramatic proposals reflect a campaign struggling to stay relevant

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 4/5/2019 | William A. Jacobson
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Elizabeth Warren’s campaign is stuck in neutral at best, in reverse at worst.

She just isn’t getting any momentum despite assembling a high-powered campaign team before anyone else, and announcing before any other major candidates. The DNA rollout was an unmitigated disaster, and compounded Warren’s original sin, her false claim to be Native American.

Attempt - Warren - New - Year - Eve

In an attempt to reboot, Warren held a bizarre New Year’s Eve beer-drinking livestream campaign launch, mimicking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ cooking livestreams.

Whatever else she is, Elizabeth Warren is not the cool kid, and it flopped.

Warren - Digits - New - York - Magazine

Warren is stuck in single digits in polling despite trying so hard for so long. Liberal New York Magazine had a roundtable on Why Hasn’t Elizabeth Warren Caught Fire in the Primaries?

A test of whether Warren can get momentum is whether she can assemble an army of small donors like Bernie and Beto.

Days - Candidates - Numbers - Bernie

In the past several days several of the major candidates were quick to announced their numbers, with Bernie blasting out $18 million:

But Warren sat back, releasing only a campaign statement that she had met her goals, but no numbers. That generated some headlines focused on Warren meeting her goals, but of course those goals were developed to me met. The real test would be how Warren compared to others, and for that we have to wait until she releases the numbers.

Warren - Senate - Campaign - Account - Challenge

Warren can transfer $12.5 million from her Senate campaign account, where she faced no serious challenge in 2018 but kept fundraising anyway, but even that money will run dry unless replenished quickly. And a financial transfer hardly reflects a swell of support.

There were warning signs that Warren was struggling. The NY Times ran an article Elizabeth Warren Loses Finance Director as She Struggles in Early Fund-Raising:

Deadline - Midnight - Sunday - Ms - Warren

But as the first fund-raising deadline arrives at midnight on Sunday, Ms. Warren — who last year was...
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