[Ed. – Warren speaks the language of policy wonks and think tankers? Which think tank advocates consulting with 9-year-old trans children in selecting cabinet members?]
Warren speaks the language of policy wonks and think tankers. She was a major intellectual leader among congressional progressives during President Obama’s second term. She’s worked closely with the leaders of major labor unions. And she has well-established ties with the progressive press. She also appeals to many Hillary Clinton fans who were genuinely enthusiastic about the prospect of electing a woman president in 2016.
Many people thought of her, in other words, as a more acceptable face of Sanders-style politics. Before 2016, that group included Sanders himself. Many progressive leaders were trying to draft Warren into challenging Clinton, and Sanders has said he would have happily stood aside in Warren’s favor back then.
Early in this cycle, meanwhile, many people were hoping that in 2020 progressives could run that same play again — Warren for president, with the enthusiastic support of Sanders.