We are grieving. I'm in tears as I watch and rewatch Elizabeth Warren standing in front of her home in a purple quilted jacket discussing the decision to end her campaign.
The only thing more courageous than running for president is announcing the end of that campaign.
Her voice breaks on the word "gratitude" though she continues to speak loudly and clearly, forcefully. Her husband stands behind her.
We lost Amy Klobuchar two days ago. Months earlier we lost Kamala Harris and Kirstin Gillibrand.
"I wonder what your message would be to the women and girls who feel like we're left with two white men to decide between, " asks a young female reporter.
"One of the hardest parts of this is all those pinky promises and all those little girls who are gonna have to wait four more years," she replies, her voice breaking again. "That's gonna be hard."
"I say this with a deep sense of gratitude for every single person who got in this fight," she continues, listing people, ending with "every single person who just moved a little in their notion of what a president of the United States should look like."
She promised that she would be taking on the issue of gender in politics in a more direct way, as Mother Jones reports but NBC didn't.
"I will stay in the fight for the hard-working folks across this country who've gotten the short end of the stick over and over. That's been the fight of my life."
"I have no regrets at all... We have ideas now that we talk about now, that we just weren't talking about even a year ago," she continues, listing a few of them.
- a 2% wealth tax
- universal child care
- cancelling student loan debt for 43 million Americans
- raising Social Security payments
The two big causes of her defeat are "what a president should look like"--a male--and how to get the current male threat to our nation out of the White House.
These were the two impediments to her becoming president. If people weren't so terribly afraid of four more years of dt, she might have been the nominee.
Meanwhile, the ogre continues to flail about. His tweet on her dropping out was so mean, once again using that ridiculous insult to her and to a beloved historical figure, Pocahontas. His every move underlines the urgency of getting him out of the White House and off the stage.
All those months of watching her and Amy do well in the debates. Then and in 2016 it seemed possible to have a woman president. But now the most we can hope for is Amy to become the running mate of Joe Biden.
The voters have given up on everything except getting dt out of the White House. Republicans blocked the only legal means of removing him, and he immediately tried to start a war with Iran.
244 days left of enduring his presidency--after I get through today.