[January 22, 2020] “I have a plan for that.” There is a bit of good humor in that quote. Elizabeth Warren is a Democrat from the state of Massachusetts and says that she has a detailed, realistic plan for being president, fixing problems at the national level, and for just about anything else. There is one big problem that she must overcome if she expects to get elected. She takes freedom with the truth.
All politicians lie, misled, and distort the truth. Candidly, all U.S. presidents have lied and so have all of us. Nevertheless, the perception that Elizabeth Warren is guilty of making up some big whoppers is starting to catch on. Some in the media blame sexism for this view. Maybe there is some truth to both sides of this thinking. It does effect her likability and Warren must come to terms with it or she will not be elected.
Elizabeth Warren has many leadership characteristics. Note that there are many here that are common with great leaders:
- Focused and Strong-willed
- Inspires Hope and Appeals to the Heart
- Coalition builder
- Calculated risk-taker
- Strong in her convictions
“People feel like the system is rigged against them, and here is the painful part, they’re right. The system is rigged.” – Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Presidential candidate1
This quote by Elizabeth Warren is typical of the Progressive movement within the Democratic Party and is an old idea used with relative success for at least half a century. Warren differs from other presidential candidates by being very specific about why it is so and what she will do to overcome the problem. Medicare for all is one of those plans to fix it. How to pay for her program, she has not given much detail other than “taxing the rich.”
Elizabeth Warren, like Bernie Sanders, can be preachy and angry at times. Unlike Bernie, her particular problem is that it makes her look phony. No woman has ever been elected president of the United States. Many say that it’s due to the sexist nature of American society. Bluntly, in the presidential competition, excuses don’t fly anymore.
Warren is a long shot at the presidency, and she will have to compete against men. The on-going presidential competition doesn’t allow excuses for failure. Yes, Elizabeth Warren can overcome her inclination to blame others for keeping-her-down as a woman. She also has a good shot at being president.