By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Top 2020 Democratic presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren is turning to a familiar face for advice on how to secure her party’s nomination heading into the primary voting season next year: Twice-failed candidate Hillary Clinton, according to NBC News.
Earlier reports noted that Clinton, in an effort to re-litigate her defeat in 2016 at the hands of President Donald Trump, who was not given any chance to win by most media polls and political pundits, had been contacting potential 2020 candidates to offer some advice.
Those reports, The Daily Wire reported, said that a couple of candidates actually took Clinton up on her offer to chat, but Warren has kept an open line for more than that, NBC News noted.
“The two women have kept a line of communication open since the Massachusetts senator decided to run for president — though only a conversation around the time of Warren’s launch has been previously reported — according to several people familiar with their discussions who spoke to NBC on the condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of private interactions,” the news network reported Sunday.
NBC noted that the contact has been enough to “merit attention,” while both Warren and Clinton have talked so recently that the interaction was “front of mind” for the source who spoke with the network.
In August, The New York Times reported that Warren was making some progress in connecting with Democratic insiders, actively courting high-powered political operatives within the Democratic sphere in order to solidify support for a potential 2020 candidacy among key decision-makers.
This is true especially with DNC power brokers who could make life a lot easier for her on the way to becoming the party’s nominee.
And there has also been rising concern among the party faithful and operatives that former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a gaffe machine and has shown signs of potential mental deficiencies, can’t make the long haul and would lose handily to Trump anyway.
In addition, in order to showcase her bona fides, Warren has been hitting the campaign trail for Democratic candidates running for office or for reelection next year, looking more like a potential nominee than an also-ran.
Also, The New York Times said, she’s been trying to make the case to party leaders that they don’t necessarily need to go with a more “moderate” candidate like Biden in order to successfully take on Trump.
“Ms. Warren is also trying to allay concerns among Democrats that, as a progressive candidate proposing sweeping change, she may not have enough mainstream appeal to compete with President Trump in the general election,” the paper noted.
The Daily Wire notes further:
Top on her list of potential allies, it seems, is Clinton. Warren wants Clinton’s support base — specifically the middle-aged leftist women who make up the core of the “Resistance” — and Warren likely understands that while Clinton is now a pariah among Democrats, she still holds sway within the party and wields power over some of the Democrats’ biggest donors (and, of course, the “superdelegates”).
For her part, Clinton would love being seen supporting a woman who was not simply nominated as the Democratic presidential pick but go on to win the office. No other female Democratic candidate has much of a shot of winning or, in the case of Sen. Kamala Harris, is no ally of the Clintons.
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