Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) compared Mike Pence to a dog this past weekend, in what is just the latest low blow from the faltering presidential candidate.
The Democrat was campaigning in New Hampshire on Sunday when she likened Pence to a pet as a way to poke fun at his perceived obedience to President Donald Trump, Breitbart reported. Warren desperately needs a strong showing in New Hampshire’s primary Tuesday night to reassure her voters that she is a viable candidate after a disappointing performance in last week’s Iowa caucuses.
Warren compares VP to a dog
Warren has been campaigning in New Hampshire in advance of Tuesday night’s primary contest, the first in the nation. The early primaries have taken on more significance than usual not just for Warren, but for all Democrats after last week’s Iowa caucuses ended inconclusively.
At a campaign stop in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Warren did something remarkable. She cracked a joke, and it was one that presumably did not come from a focus group.
A supporter of the senator set her up for the quip by inquiring whether she ever asks her dog, “Who’s going to be my Mike Pence? Who is going to look at me with adoring eyes?” Warren responded drily, “I already have a dog. You gotta watch these feisty women.”
Warren added vaguely that she wants a running mate who “is going to be in the fight” with her, adding that she wants “smart people” and “people who have ideas.” In December, she floated picking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who dropped out of the contest in disgrace last year after failing to gain traction, saying that she’s “smart,” “confident, ” and has a “terrific voice.”
Dems demean Pence
Pence has often been criticized for his loyal support of Donald Trump, which critics says borders on sycophancy, particularly because of the contradiction between Pence’s religious beliefs and Trump’s less-than-priestly lifestyle. Many have falsely attribued to Pence a belief in the wisdom of shock therapy for homosexuals.
Warren’s jab also shows that she is leaning harder into identity politics, which won her an endorsement from the New York Times but not, alas, from voters. Just weeks ago, Warren accused her longtime friend, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), of being a sexist prior to the debate in Iowa, setting off a civil war on the left that has seen the Democratic Party establishment and the media come out in force to stop the progressive firebrand.
Sanders, Warren’s top rival as the standard-bearer for the far left, is now widely seen as the frontrunner after achieving a virtual tie with former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Iowa. Buttigieg — who preaches a watery version of Christianity that sounds eerily like the Democratic Party platform — has also taken shots at Pence, whom he accused of blasphemy last year.
Notwithstanding a meltdown in vote tabulation, Warren’s third-place in Iowa has dampened expectations for her continued candidacy. Thankfully, New Hampshire voters now know that Warren can, in fact, utter sentences that haven’t been scripted and rehearsed.
But it may matter little in the long run, as Warren continues to struggle with authenticity issues. The Democrat was spotted hiding from the camera crews after landing in a private jet in Iowa.
At the rate this is going, Trump will never get a chance to square off with Warren. For her sake as much as for that of the Democrats, maybe it’s for the best.