Every Democrat wants to know who can beat Donald Trump. None has a crystal ball, though many remain in pursuit of the elusive mirage that is electability. Despite the undeniable momentum Senator Bernie Sanders has gained in recent weeks, the party’s presidential nominee is in no way a foregone conclusion. Only three states have voted, and 97 percent of delegates are still up for grabs. The time is right to back the best candidate in the race.
It bears mentioning that any of the top six Democratic primary candidates would make a better president than the current occupant of the White House. Each has virtues. Pete Buttigieg is whip-smart and brings a war-zone veteran’s credibility to military matters. His calmness under pressure creates a welcome contrast to a president who tweets insults at world leaders. Joe Biden has appealed to diverse voters and has laudable legislative achievements, like the Violence Against Women Act, to show for his decades of public service. Michael Bloomberg has led admirably on gun violence and climate change. Amy Klobuchar has brokered bipartisan deals in a polarized Congress. And Bernie Sanders has, since 2016, reshaped the political conversation on the left to focus on long-neglected drivers of inequality.
But one candidate stands out as a leader with the qualifications, the track record, and the tenacity to defend the principles of democracy, bring fairness to an economy that is excluding too many Americans, and advance a progressive agenda. She would fight the corruption and corporate influence that distort our politics, lift up working families, and combat gun violence and climate change. That candidate is Elizabeth Warren.
Senator Warren sees corruption, including the influence of corporate money in elections and of lobbyists in the legislative process, as the gateway problem that impedes progress on crises plaguing both the country and the planet. The National Rifle Association and its lobbyists, for instance, prevent the popular view among citizens — that guns and particularly assault weapons ought to be better regulated — from prevailing as policy reform. The fossil fuel industry has thwarted legislative efforts to address climate change, long a widespread concern and now a priority of a majority of Americans. And health care companies, including pharmaceutical companies, have fought back common-sense policies that would make medicine more affordable.
But Warren’s fight to disinfect our politics wouldn’t stop there. She calls for mandatory disclosures of presidential and vice-presidential candidates’ tax returns, and for banning the trading of stocks among active members of Congress and federal judges, as well as White House staff and Cabinet secretaries. She would also board up the revolving door between lobbyists on Capitol Hill and officials who serve in public office. She would secure voting rights so that “every person has a voice in our democracy.”
Fearless and brilliant on her feet, Warren has the greatest potential among the candidates to lay bare Trump’s weaknesses on a debate stage. The Senator gets the most mileage when she brings her fight not to caricatures of billionaires in wine caves but to the real people in the room with her — whether businessmen or bureaucrats — who have failed to fulfill the responsibilities of public service or whose plans for the country are half-baked or ill-conceived. (She’d also be wise to lay off commenting on competitors’ physical attributes.)
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