Elizabeth Warren making promises she can't possibly deliver
Back in September 2018, as the Massachusetts junior senator was still mulling a 2020 bid, a new poll out of her home state sent shock waves through political circles. Fifty-eight percent of Massachusetts voters did not want Elizabeth Warren to run for president.
That was the start of a rocky few months for Warren. In October, in response to complaints about her having referred to herself years ago as Native American, she released her DNA results to catastrophic effect. In November, the Boston Globe ran an editorial imploring her not to run, saying she'd missed her window. In February of this year, just a week before formally announcing her bid for president, she issued an apology to Cherokee Nation for the DNA test fiasco, to mixed results. This was not a great start. 0:28
Flash forward 10 months and Warren has managed to leap over nearly all of her competitors in a very crowded and competitive field of Democrats, to sit, according to latest polls, just behind former Vice President Joe Biden as the first choice in many early states.
How far she's come.
At this point in the 2016 election, one year out, Donald Trump was also a frontrunner, topping Ben Carson in a November 2015 Quinnipiac poll. Then, there were 15 Republican candidates still in that race, as there are 18 Democratic candidates still in this one.
At this stage in 2016, however, few took Trump's candidacy as seriously as many take Warren's, despite his polling. It didn't matter that the wild and, in some cases offensive policy proposals he was making to voters weren't ever going to be implementable even if he did win. But win, he did. And though his base is still firmly with him, they've been stiffed on a number of big promises.
While they loved him for his border-wall promises -- mainly, that there would be one and that Mexico would pay for it -- he's not been able to make good on either. Many of his campaign boasts were wildly unrealistic, like denuclearizing North Korea and bringing back coal and steel jobs that were long gone.
Others were always going to face constitutional and judicial resistance, from ending birthright citizenship to bringing back torture and opening up libel laws against the press.
I remember asking his supporters as the election neared if it bothered them that most of what Trump was promising he could never deliver.