Now that Senator Warren has officially dropped out of the race, it's time for her to make an important decision that will influence the rest of the 2020 Presidential elections.
Do the 2020 Presidential elections feel a little bit like a repeat of what happened four years ago? If you think so, you're probably not alone. In unfortunate news, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren just announced she is dropping out of the Presidential race. Her campaign, while occasionally problematic, was a show of intelligence, strategy, and of course, perseverance. The Senator has so far refused to comment on who she plans on endorsing as the Presidential race continues—or if she plans to endorse anyone at all—but there's one clear answer. We can't watch as 2016 unfolds before us yet again. So, Senator Warren, it's time for you to step up and endorse the unlikely candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders.
Whether we believe it or not, the battle for the Democratic nomination has basically become a political duel between socialist Sanders and buddy to the establishment, former Vice President Joe Biden. As Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis pointed out in an interview with Newsweek, "At this point, whether some candidates realize it or not, it's essentially a two-person race. It's really down to Sanders and Biden." Therefore, in this fight for the ballot between the far-left liberal Sanders and official 'protector of status quo' Joe, the Democratic Party needs to work with the one candidate who can win against the real enemy of the people, President Donald Trump. There's only one way to do that: Feel the Bern.
During the lead-up to the 2016 Presidential elections, polls predicted that Hillary Clinton would lose to Trump if she were given the Democratic ticket. Instead of listening to the pundits, the party went with the safe choice—blindly and with their hands tied. Now we find ourselves in the same position yet again. If we want to make sure we don't let history repeat itself, we must act differently. Sometimes that means acting in opposition to what is expected, easy, or safe. It is with this bigger picture in mind that thousands have come forward to urge Senator Warren to do the right thing and finally endorse Sanders.
After all, Warren and Sanders already concur on the fundamental pillars of any political campaign. They are both in favor of free higher education, agree that climate change is one of the biggest problems this generation will have to address, and want to bring massive structural change to the state of public healthcare in the United States. Furthermore, unlike Biden, they both unequivocally believe in a woman's right to choose and would never touch random—often underage—girls and women inappropriately (okay, that may have been a low blow). This is a real opportunity for Senator Warren to unite the left and the progressive movement in a way never seen before.
Sanders' and Warren's voter bases have always been different—the latter's biggest supporters are white and upper-middle-class and hold post-grad degrees, whereas the former's is younger and more diverse. Additionally, their pasts couldn't be more divergent. While Warren was a staunch Republican and corporate lawyer not too long ago, Sanders was always the progressive candidate we've come to know and love. This moment presents Warren the unique chance to redeem her questionable past and simultaneously define the future of the Democratic party. As Connor Turque writing for USA Today noted, "This is no longer a race among candidates, it's a race between the left and moderate wings of the Democratic Party. The result will have long-term implications for the future of the party. Sanders not only leads Warren in polling, but also in key demographics any Democrat will need to beat President Donald Trump." If we've got to fight the establishment and beat out Trump, we've got to feel the Bern, Warren. Your move.