As the year 2019 draws to an end, so too will the curtains be drawn on several candidates seeking the nomination for the Democratic Party in the U.S. 2020 general election.
Currently, there are four leading members in the nomination race namely, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg.
In general, given the history of women in politics in the U.S. at the top level, Elizabeth Warren ought to be celebrated as a member within the top tier of the Dem’s nomination race.
Historically only 56 women have served in the upper chamber of Congress with a total of 25 currently serving — 17 Democrats and 8 Republicans.
Compared to many other countries, the U.S. has never had a female president, and it’s certainly not a question of ability; however, it is better to leave one to speculate on the reason given the country’s boast of a moderate power distance culture.
So, as the nomination race heats up over the last few months, Elizabeth Warren has found herself in a spot of bother as her poll numbers have suddenly taken a nosedive southward.
Some pundits have argued that Warren dug her own grave with the launch of her healthcare plan, which invoked the wrath of major stakeholders who prefer to keep the status quo.
The fact is Warren has laid bare her soul to the American people on what she plans to do for them if elected President.
This move, of course, is what any good mother would do at a family meeting around the dinner table.
Warren, therefore, is trumping an agenda that includes the following, rebuilding the middle class, equal justice under the law, strengthening of the country’s democracy, ending of corruption in Washington, foreign policy for all, among others.
However, the roll-out of some of her plans, such as healthcare combatting climate change, taxes on corporations, and affordable education, has met with strong pushback from not only some of her party members, but also corporate owners, and other power brokers.
Now, any woman vying for political power knows that she must work twice as hard as her male political counterpart to win an election — a lesson Hillary Clinton took for granted and handed the Presidency in 2016 to Donald J. Trump.
Mama, Liz, therefore, cannot afford to make a similar mistake. Moreover, she has three men from among the top tier rank to focus on defeating before she can even think about the fourth in the Presidential General Election.
Going forward, however, she must adopt the Muhammed Ali’s approach, “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” the gloves must be off even against her comrade in arms, Bernie Sanders.
The current campaign demands a new strategy, and not in the substance per se but certainly in style, and like Ali, Warren must also be able to say, “I done something new for this fight. I wrestled with an alligator. I tussled with a whale. I handcuffed lightning; I threw thunder in jail. Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I’m so mean I make medicine sick.”
Her new game plan should not not only appeal to the intellect of the populace but also their emotions.
A message built around the slogan “better must come” and revved up with music, hitting every outlet possible, both traditional and social media would be quite apt.
Whatever it takes, she must adopt a campaign that is new and different, one that will not only sell her message to the 99 percenters but also have them buying into an idea that will serve their interest.
Warren will do well to remember the following lines from Harper Lee’s 1960 classic To Kill a Mockingbird —” Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
‘Your father’s right,’ she said. ‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy…but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
Will Warren sing her heart out for the masses, or will she fade like a wallflower? Only time will tell!
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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