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Warren vs. Buttigieg Clash Offers Contrast with Bernie's Consistency

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/12/10/warren-vs-buttigieg-clash-offers-contrast-bernies-consistency

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A year ago, Elizabeth Warren gave a speech to the Open Market Institute just days after Republicans passed a huge tax giveaway to the ultra rich. I reread the transcript recently and any lingering doubts I had regarding her candidacy was dispelled. As she spoke, her dedication to the cause of ordinary folks rose to Bernie’s level. She pulled no punches, used words that inspire, and explained with clarity the root causes of our problems. But most refreshing is how incisive she was in outlining solutions to the complex challenges. I think most people share my sense of awe at the quality of her mind.

We are fortunate to have both Bernie and her on our side. I will continue my regular modest donations to Bernie, but I will have to tighten my belt a bit since Warren definitely deserves support as well.

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Sanders/Warren 2020!

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“…it is Bernie’s independence that attracts many young voters…”

True enough. In fact, one of Bernie’s most ringing endorsements was penned by a young Pete Buttigieg, who went on to abandon his idealism in favor of corporate fealty in his new guise as Mayo Pete. He was once a profile in courage, but now Mayo Pete is a profile in cowardly incrementalism. Here’s the award-winning essay he wrote simply entitled “Bernie Sanders:”

https://www.jfklibrary.org/learn/education/profile-in-courage-essay-contest/past-winning-essays/2000-winning-essay-by-peter-buttigieg

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Insightful, Ian.

I appreciate the author’s critical comments highlighting Butigieg’s non transparency, I was disappointed to read his rather flimsy criticisms of Warren. I am particularly dismayed to hear yet again a reference to Warren having once been a Republican decades ago. Is it not possible that someone can change their perspective in life? It seems rather obvious to anyone that someone who has crusaded for the little guy and the poor like Warren has, would have a hard time belonging to the Republicans much less be able to garner support from people like McConnel for that kind of legislation. Bernie whom I have long supported, changed over to being a democrat. People are not rigid and inflexible. Those who are should stay Republicans.

I also went to Warren’s site and looked at the details of her legal work as a corporate lawyer. One example stands out for me is the case that awarded $775 million to asbestos victims for which she was paid $14 thousand or so dollars. There were many cases as might be expected in corporate law as well as consultancies. Um? This is called normal! She is brilliant, a law professor and a long time advocate and crusader for the little guy (as is Bernie). It is long past stale and kind of disingenuous if not deceitful to pretend objectivity and bring up that decades ago she was a Republican. How about talking about the many years that she has fought for us as a Democrat. Yes I know that on these pages that the being a Democrat is hardly better than being a Republican but then Bernie is a Dem too.

Moreover I think it is utterly hypocritical that the author who himself worked in the corporate world as a pundit for MSNBC would apply working in the corporate world as a criticism.

More-moreover, it might be nice that someone might give the openly supportive of corporate values Buttigieg a reckoning like the author asks for but also that Biden’s record as a Republican lite Dem be shown for what it is.

Bernie and Warren in 2020

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Speaking of Bernie’s consistency:

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It’s the 40+year TRACK RECORD Baby!

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Nice snag!
Thanks

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Mayo Pete’s descent into corporate sock puppetry is sad. Also, corrupt as hell and he knows it:

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Warren is a splitter. She endorsed Hillary instead of Bernie in 2016. Now she is drawing needed support from Bernie. Fortunately, she may be currently sinking from her high point in the polls.

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She talks a brilliant talk and she sure has many plans. The problem with her plans are that they always fall just short of the goal post, i.e. her student loan debt forgiveness caps out at $50,000 if I recall, whereas, Sanders is 100%. Her shift in M4A from a progressive to a regressive funding strategy is another.

These are just two example but all her “plans” consistently follow the same trajectory. In the end they always leave a loop hole for the profitability of corporatists large enough for them to drive a freight train through, and they will.

She just hopes the little people hear her great words and pay no attention to the details of her brilliantly worded plans. She’s more consistent than the article implies and that consistency leans right, not left.

She ain’t no Bernie.

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Elizabeth Warren, in a speech to enlighten people of what her beliefs etc. were, added at the very end of her discourse, that she was a capitalist at heart, or something very similar.

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Yeah so? Somehow the fact that this country is not socialist seems to escape notice to too many progressives. What she does, her record fighting Wall St and passing legislation reigning in corporate abuses matters more than a name. I do not believe that it would be possible to destroy capitalism and certainly not within a four year term of office. I like and respect Bernie but the truth is that he won’t be able to accomplish changing the system into a socialist one nor do I think that he is intending to try much to the disappointment of hardcore wishful thinking socialists. The only difference between Bernie’s and Warren’s intentions are basically minimal if looked at from the perspective of what can be accomplished since we do not elect an autocrat (despite Trumpo the Clown’s beliefs). To my thinking, it is a toss up as to whether Bernie or Warren would be able to accomplish any more than would the other. The Senate is rabidly Republican and the House is centrist Dems. Neither group wants to change much of anything and will fight against either progressive if elected. The elitist plutocracy is in full swing. Trump has seriously damaged our democracy and worse has severely diminished the public’s respect for democracy. The forces of corporate fascism are worried by both progressives. They loathe the very idea of a socialist and the word still can be used against Bernie in middle America. They fear a crusader for the little guy like Warren because they have seen that she has gotten things done against Wall St and corporate abuses despite all their efforts to block her. That is Warren’s greatest recommendation - that she didn’t cave or sell out when the going got real rough and got the financial reforms we needed. Are people blind? She fought long and hard despite immense opposition and big money to get her financial reforms passed. She has earned the respect of us all just as had Bernie for his all his work. To the right any attack on progressives is an attack on both, that is made obvious by how the media keeps putting them both in the special outsider category called progressive. The game is rigged and the only two willing to change it deserve our support. Both of them. You can support one without hurting the other.

I disagree, Ian, though not about Warren’s being bright.

Warren gives an excellent economics lecture. I listened to a good few of them before she became a candidate, and I did so because I felt that I learned something each time. But I do not see that her positions on a wider range of issues matches with her economic insights as spoken.

For me, that raises questions. It’s not a question of purity, and it’s not surprising that some inconsistencies should exist. And politicians all make practical compromises. But all that does leave some reasonable questions. If the policy that we get is not the policy that is spoken, how do we determine what we get?

I don’t think that the answer is fine rhetoric.I think you have to see something in the record.

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Wow! Can there be any doubt in anyone’s mind ?
Bernie has paid his dues and kept the faith. In my humble opinion he must be the next President and I think he should have Elizabeth Warren by his side as VP.

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Not my choice for sure.

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I’d like to see him pick Nina Turner…oh many would she destroy Pence.

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Actually you can’t. Because of the structure of the DNC nomination process, what you suggest is impossible.

The only way that Bernie can be nominated is for him to win 50% or more of the first-ballot votes. If he doesn’t, then the “super-delegates” choose who they want. That certainly won’t be Bernie.

If Warren was who she claims to be, she wouldn’t be running against Bernie, she’d be supporting his candidacy.

Any support for Warren most definitely hurts Bernie.

A close look at Warren suggests her ambition exceeds her principles.

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Agreed. I meant to convey the idea that we have two champions, however we define the term personally. Add their support together, and they easily beat Biden. That thought gives me cheer.