On the eve of what is really the most important debate of the Democratic Primary, I thought it may be of interest to present my own case for Warren. It has been 30 years since I worked for any candidate this hard. I knocked on my first door in New Hampshire in June, and went to my first meeting for her in March. I worked in Iowa for her, then came back to train canvassers before the primary in New Hampshire.
Well as my icon shows I was with Bernie in 2016: I was an Iowa Precinct Captain for him. I don’t have a negative word to say about him. Most Warren people I work with don’t. This is entirely a positive case for her.
Why Warren: because she has a personal commitment to understanding the causes of inequality that predate any involvement in electoral politics, and because her force of intellect is the equal of anyone to run for office in the last 50 years.
Warren’s interest in bankruptcy and the way that the rules are bent to disadvantage the poor is unique. I am a lawyer: most will tell you bankruptcy law is the last place they would work. The statutes are dry and the practice is within the profession not really considered particularly important. Warren was drawn to it because of her personal experience with financial stress. It wasn’t part of some think tank led exercise. IT WAS PERSONAL.
Which brings me to the second part: her BRILLIANCE.
Warren was tenured faculty has Harvard Law School. She went to Rutgers Law School. Maybe you have to be in the legal profession, but no one goes from Rutgers to Harvard Law School faculty. She got there because her work on bankruptcy was that brilliant. It was her work that led to the creation of the CFPB.
Warren’s signature issue, the Wealth-tax, is another sign of this brilliance. The proposal is wildly popular. But as is the case with her, what she proposes to do with that money is born of her PERSONAL experience. She struggled to find child care for her children so she could go to law school. So she dedicates a portion of the proceeds of the tax to fund child care.
Many of the fights that Warren was involved in were not particularly popular within the Party at the time. Events have proven her (and others to be clear) right.
So this is why I am for her. I could go on — and she has made some mistakes in this campaign.
But I have gotten to know her some: she would be a great candidate and she can unify the party like no one else.