Elizabeth Warren: What Elizabeth Will Do

https://elizabethwarren.com/plans

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.

8 thoughts on “Elizabeth Warren: What Elizabeth Will Do

  1. “…is that audiences will get tired of being told how awful their world is.”

    That was Trump’s entire campaign in a nutshell. Mexican rapists, coal miners out of work, the inner city in shambles (“what do you have to lose?”).

    And only he could fix it.

    And last I checked, the president of the US is about as governmental as you can get.

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    1. RE: “That was Trump’s entire campaign in a nutshell.”

      Not entirely. Trump also had a slogan, “Make America great again,” which delivered a positive message.

      Perhaps Warren will use a similar device.

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      1. What is so positive about indicating America needs to be made great again? Sounds like we were a shithole country and only Trump could save us.

        At least Warren has a plan… or I should say plans. Trump flies by the seat of his pants and we ALL go spinning one way or the other. Very little has come to fruition that was promised by Trump’s great plans. I can think of one: Tax cuts for corporations that are permanent and the middle class gets a temporary taste.

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      2. RE: “What is so positive about indicating America needs to be made great again?”

        I dunno. The idea that past greatness is doable again seems pretty positive to me.

        RE: “Very little has come to fruition that was promised by Trump’s great plans.”

        So you say, but there are many examples of promises made, promises kept. Enough, at least, that Trump uses that as a theme at his rallies.

        Frankly, I can’t grasp why you are criticizing my comments in this thread.

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        1. I can’t grasp how you are so out of touch with reality when it comes to the reality TV show host in the Oval Office.

          “Past greatness”? Are you referring to a time when women couldn’t vote, blacks were forced to ride in the back of the bus, and people couldn’t marry who they wanted based on race or sexual orientation?

          Trump using “Promises made, Promises kept” is just another smoke screen. Where is the great healthcare and infrastructure he promised? How are tax cuts for corporations and the top 1% helping regular everyday people? The things that REALLY matter to American people.

          Your comments are quite easy to criticize. Like shooting fish in a barrell.

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    2. MAGA was a reminder that America has been great, and was being dragged down from its natural greatness by over regulation, a self destructive tax code, and unwise foreign policy.

      It wasn’t about Trump being the one who would make us great,it was that he would release us from the smothering policies that were holding us down.

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