I actually did not see this one coming and it’s not good. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seeking expert advice on how to defeat the remaining 2020 Democratic presidential nominees and she’s turned to failed 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton for advice. Clinton just won’t go away. I shudder to think if Warren asks her to be VP. They won’t win but having to listen to the two of them for a campaign cycle is unbearable.
Earlier reports indicated that Clinton had been reaching out to potential 2020 candidates, offering her sage advice (which would really only amount to how to lose at this point). A handful of candidates reportedly took her up on her offer to chat, but Warren has, NBC says, kept an open line. And I bet it goes much deeper than that statement.
“The two women have kept a line of communication open since the Massachusetts senator decided to run for president — though only a conversation around the time of Warren’s launch has been previously reported — according to several people familiar with their discussions who spoke to NBC on the condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of private interactions,” NBC reported Sunday. What a nightmare dream team these two are.
From The Daily Wire:
“The contact, NBC adds, has been substantial enough to “merit attention,” and Warren and Clinton have talked so recently that the interaction was “front of mind” for the source.
“The New York Times reported back in August that Warren was making inroads with Democratic insiders, actively courting high-powered politicos within the Democratic sphere in order to solidify support for a potential 2020 candidacy among key decision-makers, especially DNC power players who could make life much easier for her behind the scenes during the nomination process.
“Warren has also been hitting the campaign trail for Democrats competing in House, Senate, and state-level races in the hopes that winners will turn around and support her as the 2020 Democratic National Convention inches closer and the Democratic field narrows.
“She’s also, the NYT said, trying to make the case to party insiders that they don’t necessarily need to go with a more “moderate” candidate like former Vice President Joe Biden in order to successfully take on Trump: “Ms. Warren is also trying to allay concerns among Democrats that, as a progressive candidate proposing sweeping change, she may not have enough mainstream appeal to compete with President Trump in the general election.”
“Top on her list of potential allies, it seems, is Clinton. Warren wants Clinton’s support base — specifically the middle-aged leftist women who make up the core of the “Resistance” — and Warren likely understands that while Clinton is now a pariah among Democrats, she still holds sway within the party and wields power over some of the Democrats’ biggest donors (and, of course, the “superdelegates”).
“Clinton, of course, wants to be known as a vocal supporter of female presidential candidates — and there aren’t many of those left with an actual shot at the nomination. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Clinton’s heir apparent and her successor in New York dropped out of the race after months of pointless campaigning. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has never been a close ally of the Clintons, and most of the rest of the field is too little-known to have any real chance at snagging the nomination.
“Which means Warren and Clinton are now chatting semi-regularly, forging the kind of faux friendship that will serve them well in the coming months.”
Suddenly, I feel queasy.
“To the extent that Democratic primary voters fear a repeat scenario in 2020 — and to the extent that she’s competing with Sanders for the votes of progressives — there may be good reason for Warren to keep her distance from Clinton publicly,” NBC News reports. They also state that Clinton could be a valuable asset in the event Warren “finds herself battling for delegates and superdelegates” at next year’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – the same state Clinton lost in 2016.
“Hillary Clinton would absolutely have influence over a number of delegates to this convention,” Deb Kozikowski, the vice-chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, told NBC News. She still wields a tremendous amount of political power. “It would be counterproductive for the first woman nominee of the party to not be supportive of a woman who may go over that threshold,” NBC added.
Warren’s team would not provide NBC News with details on Clinton and Warren’s relationship or their conversations, but the outlet admits that the duo’s contact “appears to have been more than a courtesy call or a trip to the principal’s office.” I am not surprised… they will play their cards close to the vest on this one.
Warren enthusiastically joined Clinton on the campaign trail in 2016 and even wore the same blue jacket. Now the twinsies are making a plotted comeback. Here we go again.