It could have been a triumphant week for liberal firebrand Elizabeth Warren as she prepared to give her acceptance speech as the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee.
Instead Warren was relegated to a brief prime-time speaking role at the convention as third banana to the actual VP nominee, Kamala Harris.
Warren, speaking virtually from a school in Springfield, tried to make the case for the man she has often tangled with — Joe Biden. But she was overshadowed by other big name speakers on Wednesday night, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
She mostly retold her stump speech about how she rose from middle-class roots in Oklahoma to become a teacher. It was no barn burner. She was given just about five minutes from DNC schedulers.
“Donald Trump’s ignorance and incompetence have always been a danger to our country,” she said. “COVID-19 was Trump’s biggest test. He failed miserably.”
It has to be a tough pill to swallow for Warren, who embarrassed herself by aggressively lobbying to be Biden’s vice presidential pick — one that could have been disastrous for the Democratic ticket.
Warren sympathizers still won’t admit she lost out to Harris, insisting she will be tapped to a high post in the Biden administration.
Well, you can always hold out hope. Don’t give up your day job, Elizabeth.
The reality is that Warren was too white and too divisive to be Biden’s running mate.
Warren’s fumble claiming to be a Native American followed her to this week’s convention — Democratic organizers put her on a panel of Native American delegates.
The blunder gave Trump campaign officials an opening to incessantly mock the event on Twitter.
Warren has a history of giving rousing speeches at the Democratic conventions — including four years ago.
But she played only a minor role in this year’s virtual convention.
Progressive groups were hoping she’d be Joe Biden’s pick, but that was never going to happen.
Ambitious Massachusetts Democrats are now counting on Biden to give her a Cabinet post in 2021 — hoping to take her place in the U.S. Senate.
But it’s unclear whether Biden would even want Warren in such a critical job like Treasury Secretary.
Warren might be better off staying in the U.S. Senate, especially if Democrats take control next year. She’d be able to maintain a high profile and push her progressive causes. But now in her 70’s, her presidential ambitions are likely over.
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