With public attention turning to Elizabeth Warren, because the Biden campaign appears to be collapsing, I thought I might take a look at some of the written plans Warren is famous for.
Warren’s plans (at least the two or three I looked at) employ a rhetorical strategy:
a. Pick a problem.
b. Make it sound really, really bad.
c. Offer bigger government to fix it.
This is perhaps the oldest rhetorical strategy in American politics. Every politician has used it to some degree.
It is not without risks. One big risk, which Warren’s large collection of plans damningly illustrates, is that audiences will get tired of being told how awful their world is.
It will be interesting to see if Warren can spin her collection of essentially negative campaign messages into something positive. My guess is she’ll run out breath (and breathlessness) long before then.