Elizabeth Warren Best Not Think of an Elephant

Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    It’s good to see a post that explains not only what folks are doing wrong, but offers a new set of tactics/ strategy that is not some variation of, “Do more of what isn’t working, just do it better!”.Report

  2. Michael Cain says:

    The link that says it’s to Warren’s campaign web site goes to apple.com.Report

  3. I realize this is a ridiculous way to look at things, but I think Warren is an intelligent, capable person with good values and genuine accomplishments.Report

    • Chip Daniels in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      “But her DNA test.”Report

    • Marchmaine in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      That’s the spirit.Report

    • Dave in reply to Mike Schilling says:


      I watched Senator Warren’s interview with Jim Cramer that aired around the time that her Accountable Capitalism Act was introduced. She presented herself very well, which impressed me. She defended herself as a capitalist, something I’m inclined to believe. Even if I have disagreements on certain points, I think she understands the issues with American capitalism, especially in the capital markets, more specifically the equity markets.

      She’s much more capable of diving into the weeds than someone like a Sanders or the democratic socialist/socialist types or many of her conservative critics that cry socialism wolf every time she speaks.

      It’s not an endorsement but I have more respect for her now than I did a few years ago.Report

  4. This is an AWESOME piece, I loved it and have recommended it to several people. Thanks so much Chris!Report

  5. Michael Cain says:

    I’m a one main policy concern guy, so thus far Inslee is my only choice. On Day 1, I want names ready to go for Interior, EPA, and Energy; a list of rules to start through the process; and legislation to change FERC’s goals in certain ways. Inslee’s the only one talking that way.Report

  6. Jaybird says:

    The “Two Income Trap” Elizabeth Warren is the good Elizabeth Warren.

    The good play on the Native American thing was *ALWAYS* to run with “No, I’m not going to show you pictures of my family, you people are vultures!” (even while the best play was “look, I just repeated stories about my family history that I heard from my parents and whether or not they’re true, it *IS* something of a problem that I appropriated that for myself. Can we talk about The Two Income Trap, now?”)

    The fact that she not only thought that the DNA test was the best play but that playing it as if she *PROVED* any goddamn thing by demonstrating an ancestor between 6 and 10 generations back and saying that HA! She won against Trump and he needs to pay up! shows that her judgment ain’t that great. She can’t read the room.

    If I were a fan of technocratic leadership, I suppose I’d see her as a good one.
    But if technocracy got us here, what use is technocracy?

    She should turn into Ted Kennedy and treat the DNA thing as her own personal Chappaquiddick. Yeah, it’s unfair that she be forced into that role without even getting to kill anybody but, at this point, that’s the best play.Report