Why not progressive like Elizabeth Warren

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The beginning impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump and the corresponding hearings dominate the headlines in the USA. If that weren't the case, Elizabeth Warren would be front-page news. According to polls, the Massachusetts senator is flying high in the Democratic primary that could make her a presidential candidate.

Their mantra is that they have "a plan" to remedy the grievances. Indeed, it has made detailed policy proposals on many of the US problems. The Senator from Massachusetts represents many, but not all, positions that the democratic socialist Bernie Sanders has repeatedly called for decades, such as a tax on the wealthy, free higher education and a state health insurance company "Medicare for All," although it is not always clear there is.

"Our main demands include increasing the minimum wage, more power for the unions, more regulation of the banks, cancellation of student debts," Warren said at a campaign rally in a small town in New Hampshire. Not just a majority of Democrats, but a majority in the country would agree, according to polls.

The politician, who pays attention to details, began her career as a teacher and later was a law professor at the elite Harvard University. She was registered as a Republican voter until 1996, when she became a Democrat. As an expert in bankruptcy law, she first came into direct contact with the political scene in Washington nine years later. In this capacity, she fought verbal skirmishes in a Senate hearing in 2005 with her current main rival Joe Biden, who mainly represented the interests of banks in a legislative project on private bankruptcies.

As far as her ideological positioning is concerned, as a clearly progressive politician, she stands between the bureaucratic neoliberalism of the party leadership and the democratic socialism of her rival Bernie Sanders. When Trump blustered in a speech to Congress that America would "never become a socialist country," Warren rose and applauded. Sanders remained seated against it. Unlike the latter, Warren is less of a movement politician who relies on basic mobilization. Warren's self-assessment "I am a capitalist to the bone" goes hand in hand with her claim to tame capitalism.

The Wall Street business community is apparently so afraid of the left-wing capitalist's regulatory plans that, according to US media, some traditional Wall Street Democrat donors are considering not donating to Democrats or even supporting Trump this year, Warren should Become a presidential candidate. A week ago, the Social Democratic Working Families Party promised Warren its support - an indication that many grassroots activists are increasingly relying on Warren and giving her good opportunities. At the same time, Warren is courting the party leadership, presenting himself as an alternative to Sanders, whom some former Clinton voters do not want to vote for. With its ambivalent positioning to the left of the party mainstream, it could be a compromise between the more moderate establishment and the party base that has moved to the left in recent years.

But it can also inspire more and more people among the general public, Warren's election campaign has "momentum". Your poll numbers have been rising continuously for half a year when they were only in the single-digit range. If the Democratic primary were today, Warren would just outstrip ex-Vice President Joe Biden, who has been in the lead for months, and relegate Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders to third place. Two polls last week showed Warren's lead of one and two percentage points over Biden and ten percentage points over Sanders.

However, the multi-week survey average still shows Biden as a leading candidate. But his lead in the polls has also melted in the first area code states - in Iowa, New Hampshire and California, for example.

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