“Despite the pandemic relief, infrastructure investments, and the Supreme Court’s historic confirmation of Kitanji Brown-Jackson, we have promised more — and voters remember those promises. …
“[I]If we fail to use the remaining months before the election to further our agenda, the Democrats are heading for big losses in the midterm elections.”
Warren’s point is simple: The Democrats’ only chance is to use their current House and Senate majorities, as well as their control of the White House, to take immediate action on a series of domestic priorities in the hope that voters will reward them for doing so. So.
Among the legislative and executive actions that Warren wants happen: cancel student loan debt, address prescription drug costs, and prevent lawmakers from doing stock trades.
But if history is any guide, Democrats’ chances of moving any major (or even major) legislation — like, say, the Rebuilding Better bill — into the middle of what appears to be a very difficult election year aren’t high.
Ordinarily, faced with some kind of headwind looking to the Democrats’ presence, vulnerable members of Congress want to get out of Washington as soon as possible — hoping that the time they spend in their districts and states might keep them from being swept away by the election tide.
If that’s what happened, Warren has put herself in the advantage of saying, “I told you so,” if, as expected, the Democrats lose control of the House and Senate in November.
And if, say, Biden doesn’t run again in 2024, Warren will be well positioned to relaunch the kind of policy-laden campaign she ran in 2020. Just saying…
the point: Warren remains one of the country’s leading liberal voices. What you say moves progressive voters, who Democrats desperately need to get out to avert midterm disaster.