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Despite a Fiery Fan Base, Elizabeth Warren Isn't Massachusetts' Favorite

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Elizabeth Warren is known nowadays for her fierce progressive stance on many social and economic issues. Warren remains one of the most liberal members of the Senate, supporting higher taxes on top earners, election reforms, and greater oversight of financial institutions. Her fan base is fierce, as demonstrated by her speech at a women's rights march in Boston during which she stated "we will not build a stupid wall" in response to President Trump's intent to construct a border wall between the US and Mexico.

During the 2016 election, Sen Warren remained silent while the fight between her progressive ally Bernie Sanders and moderate Hillary Clinton heated up. In the end, Clinton walked away the victor, and Warren, along with Sanders, officially endorsed her. But after the dust settled on November 8th, it was revealed that team Clinton feared Warren would endorse Sanders instead, with issues regarding financial regulation being of particular concern.

Senator Elizabeth Warren in Boston on Saturday.

Senator Elizabeth Warren in Boston on Saturday.

Doesn't Get Along Well With Others

Warren officially declared her intent to run for reelection in 2018 during the first week of 2017, before Trump officially became president. But instead of standing at a podium surrounded by supporters, Warren simply sent an email to her donor network of top earners (those same people she advocates taxing more) while Tweeting at the same time how corrupt the new administration is acting for including billionaires and businessmen. There was no speech, no highlighting of her work done thus far, and no thanks to those who have rallied behind her.

Meanwhile, she had succeeded in passing zero bills she had introduced in the 114th Congress. To be fair, very few bills become laws. and it's excruciatingly difficult to turn legislation into legal code. However, what separates a good senator, nay politician, is their ability to work with colleagues and compromise to get things done. Effective leaders recognize that not everything they want can be got, but if you find common ground with the opposition, you move the dialogue forward.

Unfortunately, Sen Warren would rather be a contrarian that gets the headlines than a true facilitator of change. The nonpartisan think tank Lugar Center rated Warren as the 85th most partisan senator. Luckily for her, Bernie Sanders was ranked 98.

Bipartisanship Score

Source: The Lugar Center

#LastFirstStatePartyScore

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85

Warren

Elizabeth

MA

D

-0.94121

86

Murray

Patty

WA

D

-0.99833

87

Hirono

Mazie

HI

D

-1.03404

88

Cotton

Tom

AR

R

-1.13847

89

Sasse

Ben

NE

R

-1.15644

90

Perdue

David

GA

R

-1.18492

91

Markey

Ed

MA

D

-1.27685

92

Durbin

Dick

IL

D

-1.29778

93

Whitehouse

Sheldon

RI

D

-1.2982

94

Shelby

Richard

AL

R

-1.31178

95

Merkley

Jeff

OR

D

-1.33805

96

Boxer

Barbara

CA

D

-1.38343

97

Cruz

Ted

TX

R

-1.40999

98

Sanders

Bernie

VT

D

-1.95559

Our obligation to the people we serve is too important to place politics and partisanship before progress and results.

— Charlie Baker, 2017 State of the State Address

When it comes to who the Bay State supports, it isn't liberal Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Instead, according to a poll by Boston radio station WBUR, it was the state's Republican governor Charlie Baker who got more love from Massachusettsans. Baker's approval rating stood at 59% with Warren's was at 51%; he remains one of the most popular governor's in the nation.

To make matters worse for Warren, according to the poll, while she had a majority approval rating from her state, 46% also believed it was time to give someone else the opportunity to represent Massachusetts in the Senate. For any senator seeking a second term, 46% was no guarantee. Luckily for her, she maintained her seat in 2018.

The poll also found that while Massachusetts remained a deep-blue state, voters there also sought elected officials who could work positively with the other side to improve state and national affairs. This would explain why Gov Baker is so popular. During his State of the State address, Baker stated, "Our obligation to the people we serve is too important to place politics and partisanship before progress and results. The changes in Washington don’t change this powerful obligation. Our jobs remain the same."

Democrats have found little to criticize within Bakers administration. As governor, he has sought to actively combat the national opioid crisis within his state, cut taxes for small businesses, and control spending by the MBTA, the Greater Boston transportation authority. He's also stands opposed to increasing taxes, something state Democrats aren't afraid to do.

Governor Charlie Baker Signs Equal Pay Legislation in August, 2016

Governor Charlie Baker Signs Equal Pay Legislation in August, 2016

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