…you get covered with mud.
This is a well know adage and know doubt Senator Warren and her advisors understand that, but decided they had no other option but to wrestle with Donald Trump on his home turf. And it is no surprise that her DNA test has been mocked by Trump and his echo machines.
So what did Warren accomplish? Like Obama producing his birth certificate, she let the bully win. And if there is one thing we know about all bullies, when they see weakness (in their eyes) that just pounce more.
In six weeks or so, the race for the Democratic nomination for President in 2020 will start in earnest. I understand there are plenty of theories about what type of candidate Dems need to beat Trump…ranging from a “when they go low, we kick them” to a Jimmy “I will never lie to you” Carter type candidate.
I’m certainly tired of all the drama and I have to suspect that many “regular” Americans are as well. While I certainly don’t want a milquetoast candidate, I also don’t want one that takes the bait. I don’t want a candidate who wants to get in the mud and fight with the pig. I want a candidate that ignores his antics and reminds Americans how a President is supposed to act. I want a candidate that responds to Trump’s insults by reminding Americans of the real issues we face. Sure there is a Trump base that can’t be helped. But there are a significant amount of voters who are tired of all the nonsense and will be drawn to a candidate that personifies the opposite of his antics, not a candidate that acknowledges his antics and responds to his antics (like a DNA test).
For the good of our fragile democracy, I want to avoid a replay of 2016–to the extent we can with Trump in the race. That means nominating a candidate that not only contrasts the issues that Trump and the GOP advocate, but that means nominating a candidate whose personality traits also contrast Trump. Having two candidates in the general election trading insults (does anyone thing a Warren / Trump election contest will be anything BUT trading insults?) gives Trump the home pigpen advantage. That is not how we’re going to win the White House back. And winning back the White House is paramount.