Warren’s challenge: Her policies
Her challenge is not that she’s a woman, it is her policies, and maybe something else. I watched the debate with a man who’s a sophisticated observer with no dog in the fight. Ms. Warren was doing her magical thinking about how universal Medicare won’t cost people a thing, it’s all savings with a few small tax increases on people we don’t like. I asked aloud, “Does she believe what she says or does she know it’s make-believe?”
He considered: “She did,” he said. That sounds right, that she started with belief but at this point see the holes in what she’s saying. She’s caught, because she’s said it too often and now can only repeat it.
Bernie Sanders has the same magical thinking about the cost of things, who’ll pay, and what effect that will have on the nation’s life. But he gets away with it because he’s a declared socialist. His supporters don’t want realism and his foes don’t expect it. Ms. Warren says she’s a capitalist with a critique, so she faces a different burden.
Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, writing in the Jan. 18-19 edition about the most recent Democratic debate.