My heart kind of sank a bit Thursday morning when the inevitable happened and Senator/ Professor Elizabeth Warren announced the end of her candidacy for the presidency. Thus came the conclusion of a campaign of the people and for the people.
Her campaign was not just filled with platitudes and dreams. Unlike most candidates, Senator Warren not only had dreams, she took those dreams and turned them into concrete ideas with funding plans and implementation programs. Most have heard the old adage “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Warren was ready to hit the ground running on Inauguration Day.
As she went around Iowa and around the country she made her campaign a very personal commitment to those who came to her events. From the personal pictures with constituents to the very sincere “pinky promise” with young girls across the country. Warren gave those girls a model to aspire to as they grew up.
While we know that Warren will still be fighting tooth and nail for us as a senator, it would have been nice to have a true consumers advocate in the top spot, someone who has lived through hard times. Now, after some sorting out with the two remaining candidates, I think we can fully expect that Senator Warren will be working very hard to remove the cancer that infects the White House.
So, we were proud to have stood up for Senator Warren on caucus night. As saddened as we are that this campaign has ended, we are sure that we will be hearing much more from Senator Warren in the future. She has a lot of political capital. She also is fairly clear about where her sentiments lie – with you and I and the average American.
While those on Wall Street probably took a deep breath thanking their money Gods that Warren won’t be in the White House, I believe we can be sure that those who profit off of defrauding consumers will hear from Elizabeth Warren again.
Nevertheless, she will persist!
And a hearty thank you for a class campaign and allowing us to dream of a competent president.
One last thought: Despite there no longer being a woman candidate at the presidential level in this election, as Iowans there are lots of good candidates to vote for, work for and contribute to.
These include senate candidates Theresa Greenfield and Kimberly Garham. US House candidates include Rep. Cindy Axne in district 3, Rep. Abby Finkenauer in district 1 and Rita Hart in district 1.
There are also numerous state house female candidates.