Guess Who’ll Campaign for Warren and Sanders While in Impeachment Trials?
As the Senate impeachment trial starts this week, it leaves several senators and presidential candidates somewhat in a bind. It is a crucial time for candidates to be winning over early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire, trying to scrounge up as many points as possible. But the trials will require those of the Senate, which include Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar, to be in their seats, and not on the road, for the whole process. This leaves candidates like Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden free run of the country.
The answer for most candidates is to send high-profile and capable endorsements in their stead, someone who will support them well and draw in a crowd.
But as far as the political spectrum goes, it doesn’t appear to be looking too great for most. Take a look at who The Hill mentions for the two leading Senators.
“Warren’s endorsements include Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), brother of Julian Castro who backed Warren after dropping out of the presidential race this month, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), a member of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) leadership team; several female freshman lawmakers; and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), a former Progressive Caucus co-chairman who now heads the Natural Resources Committee…”
For Sanders, the Hill says that the Progressive Caucus’ current Co-Chairman Mark Pocan of Wisconsin is at the top of the list. Pocan has said that Sander’s “authenticity, honesty, and movement for equality is the antidote our nation needs now.” Additional possibilities for the self-declared socialist include Rep. Ro Khanna from California, the CPC’s first vice-chairman, as well as three of the four ‘squad’ members (AOC, Tlaib, and Omar).
However, given the names mentioned above, the candidates might be wanting to think outside of the political box, as few have the credibility or fame needed to get much of anyone interested. This is especially true of Warren’s endorsers. I don’t know about you, but the promise of getting to hear from someone from the Natural Resources Committee instead of candidate Warren doesn’t exactly get the blood running.
Sanders might have a little bit better luck with his fellow socialists from the squad. After all, they tend to bring in a younger and more upbeat crowd that could be somewhat sensational. But beyond that, he isn’t much better off than Warren.
Instead, some have mentioned that people outside of politics and closer to Hollywood, might be a better option. Both Warren and Sanders have had several big names endorse them in recent months, so calling in a few favors might not be a bad idea.
For Elizabeth Warren, names like Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Rob Reiner, and Amy Schumer are good options, well maybe good isn’t exactly the right word. Whatever the case, they are names that are sure to draw at least a few people in, as well as convince some to donate more.
Sanders has a decidedly older crowd in his corner, but names such as Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, and Rhea Perlman still hold quite a bit of weight. Besides, they will undoubtedly draw in more attention than the co-chair of the CPC.
As for miss Amy Klobuchar, her celebrity endorsements seem to be a bit lacking, as most are not well known. However, the infamous Jane Fonda is on the list.
Only time will tell if the names who endorse these candidates will be willing, let alone able, to stand in for them on the campaign trail. For those in Hollywood, several have current projects that are being filmed, recorded, or just need to be finished, leaving little time for travel and speeches.
The politicians may fair better at being available, but as I mentioned, they are unlikely to give the wanted effect for the candidate of their choice.
It is noted that Bernie Sanders has said he won’t be spending all of his time in Washington. While he may spend his days attentively deliberating on President Trump’s future, his evenings will be filled with late-night flights so he can make appearances in early voting states. For the oldest candidate, this rather remarkable, if not foolish, as burning both ends like this is likely what led to his last heart attack.