Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listens to a question during the question and answer part of her campaign event Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter)
The reactions to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) dropping out of the presidential race from “feminists” and prominent former presidential candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) have sadly been all too predictable.
Central to their claims, including from Warren herself, was the assertion that her being a woman was a big factor in why her campaign failed. Sexism, they claimed in so many words, doomed her from the start.
It’s not even close to true, as I documented not long after she exited the race, but the arguments persist nevertheless. Instead of carefully analyzing the many woes that plagued the Warren campaign even as her poll numbers were rising over the summer, Warren’s supporters and defenders have chosen to stick their heads in the sand and pretend she’s a victim of the patriarchy.
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, is having none of it.
After seeing the woman card played and hearing “sexism” being trotted out as an excuse for Warrren’s failures, Conway took to the Twitter machine to set the record straight – and not just on Warren dropping out of the race but on all of the women who have, including Harris and Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY):
If true that Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris & Amy Klobuchar lost “because they are women”, then the #Democrats aren’t just hapless, they’re sexist. These women lost among Democrat voters in Democrat primaries & caucuses.
(Pro tip: it wasn’t their gender)
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) March 5, 2020
Bingo, and there are receipts to prove it, especially in Warren’s case.
As I noted earlier this week, the Super Tuesday exit polls from Warren’s home state of Massachusetts nuke claims that sexism was a primary factor in the decline of her campaign:
Tonight, in her home state of Massachusetts, exit polling shows Elizabeth Warren:
– lost women to Biden by 10 points
– lost "very liberal" voters to Sanders by 7 points
– lost college + voters to Biden by 5 points
– lost M4A supports to Sanders by 14 points
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) March 4, 2020
Democrats can’t win races if they can’t lock down the women vote, as they are fond of telling people. Warren lost to Joe Biden, a man who has #MeToo problems, by 10 points. In her home state.
If she couldn’t win the backing of a majority of Democratic women in her own backyard, which is one of the most liberal states in the country, she wasn’t going to win it anywhere else, either.
Also, there were other reasons why Warren couldn’t just expect women voters to gravitate towards her, as 538 explained in September as she was rising in the polls.
Warren and her supporters may think it sounds good to suggest the fact that she is a woman played a starring role in the collapse of her presidential campaign, but the reality is that’s just not true. She couldn’t even persuade a majority of Democratic women to vote for her.
Warren and her supporters are using the “woman/sexism” card-playing as an excuse to mask her real failures. It’s embarrassing. They should know better, but they just can’t seem to help themselves.