Warren's Uncompromising Problem

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Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Don’t look now, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for president is doing very well, better than many skeptics expected.

Despite shunning big-money fundraisers, she’s raised $25 million. Polls show her solidly in the top tier of candidates.

But Warren just can’t shake doubts about her ultimate electability, at a time when Democrats say in poll after poll that a candidate’s ability to beat Trump is their main concern.

As the New York Times puts it: “Democrats worry that her uncompromising liberalism would alienate moderates in battleground states who are otherwise willing to oppose the president.”

“Uncompromising.” That’s an interesting adjective. 

It means a “harsh or relentless…unwillingness to make concessions to others.”

The ideological and partisan voters in primaries tend to reward uncompromising candidates, like Trump and Bernie Sanders in 2016. 

Between Warren’s natural combativeness and her need to beat out Bernie, it’s no surprise that she was so uncompromising in the last debate when others raised perfectly valid concerns about the cost and disruption of Medicare for All.

Warren curtly dismissed those complaints as gutless “Republican talking points.” 

That was a long-term mistake. 

Many swing voters share those concerns. Warren is smart enough to balance her principles with a more reasonable tone, and she would do well to start proving it.

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