New Hampshire might have been another gut punch for Joe Biden, but it turned into all but a knockout blow for Elizabeth Warren. After starting a feud with Bernie Sanders over his alleged sexist remarks, the fight over their home turf should have been their showdown. Instead Warren barely showed up, finishing a distant fourth and failing to score even a single delegate out of the state next door to hers.
Warren told supporters that she planned to fight on in Nevada, where she has tried to build her contacts with unions as a firewall. No one can unify the two wings of the party like she can, Warren declared at the end of the night, but she didn’t show any hint of that kind of appeal last night:
Warren has recently begun pitching herself as the candidate who can best unify the Democratic Party’s often-warring establishment and left-wing factions and said the party needs “a nominee that the broadest coalition of our party feels they can get behind” in order to generate the turnout needed to defeat Trump, as chants of “Warren” broke out in the audience.
Warren campaign manager Roger Lau argued in the memo released earlier Tuesday that “Warren is the candidate with the highest potential ceiling of support,” and she echoed that message Tuesday night, even in the wake of the early results.
“Our campaign is best positioned to beat Donald Trump in November, because we can unite our party,” she said. …
Warren alluded to the recent clash between Biden and Buttigieg, which featured a slashing online attack ad from the former vice president’s campaign belittling the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s record of accomplishments. She also referenced “supporters of some candidates shouting curses about other Democratic candidates.”
“These harsh tactics might work if you’re willing to burn down the rest of the party in order to be the last man standing,” Warren said. “They might work if you don’t worry about leaving our party and our politics worse off than how you found it. They might work if you think only you have all the answers and only you are the solution to all our problems.”