Shes overcome misogyny, billionaires wrath, and media smears to get to the front of the race, and she brings a special brand of Big Structural Mom Energy
If I was going to invent a dream candidate, she would be grounded in small-town, rural or heartland America but able to hold her own in the citadels of power on the coasts. She would comfort the afflicted with the same passion with which she afflicts the comfortable, and she would understand the causes of those afflictions and have good ideas about how to remedy them. She would be moved by compassion but wouldnt ask us to rely on compassion; she would have tangible strategies for widening our distribution of income, healthcare, education and opportunity, and she would be smart about the intersections of race, gender, class and the rest.
She would have been around long enough to remember that since the 1980s the government has dismantled a lot of systems that made us more safe and more equal, and shed be fresh enough to imagine new ways out of the consequences of that catastrophic dismantling. Also she would have to be funny and have big plans to address climate change. OK, she already exists, and Im talking about Elizabeth Warren. She is, to me, a better candidate for president than I ever expected wed have.
My dream candidate wouldve been a woman of color with all these qualities, and my dreamiest dream candidate would be a woman of color with Medusa hair who could turn the entire Republican Senate to stone with a glance, but Warren is whos left in the race, and she is magnificent, and superheroes from Megan Rapinoe to Roxane Gay agree. Also, she pretty much turned Wells Fargos CEO into stone in a 2016 Senate banking committee hearing, more than a decade after she became one of the most outspoken experts telling Wall Street why its vicious and half a decade after she endorsed Occupy Wall Street. The strength of her candidacy is shown by how shes made it to the front of the race despite misogyny from across the political spectrum, the wrath of the billionaires pouring money and themselves into the race, and the smears and distortions of the mainstream media.
Really I see her as a combination of three superpowers: wonkiness, radicalness and what for lack of a better term I would call Big Structural Mom Energy. The wonkiness is how she set new standards in primary campaigns with those famous plans far more detailed, with the costs accounted for, than was usual before she arrived. The depth with which she understands the economic system taxes, banks, bankruptcies, credit cards, home and student loans, redlining is the depth with which she can change it.