No, Elizabeth Warren Isn't Floundering

Don't believe the negative press: Steve Kornacki
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2012 1:04 PM CDT
No, Elizabeth Warren Isn't Floundering
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., left, and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.   (AP File Photos)

Fans of Elizabeth Warren might be worried after reading a New Republic piece that asserts she's floundering in her challenge against Scott Brown in Massachusetts. But it's way too soon to panic, counters Steve Kornacki at Salon. Ignore the "anecdotal" grumblings about her Senate campaign for a moment and consider that she's doing way better than expected in "measurable metrics" such as polling and raising money. The race is still a dead heat, after all.

Brown is a formidable candidate given his widespread popularity in the state, especially among independents and conservative Democrats, which helps explain why several big names declined to take him on. This was never going to be a slam-dunk, and Warren may yet fail to deliver. "But for now, it’s unfair to say that Warren is flailing, or even underperforming," writes Kornacki. If anything, Democrats should be thrilled she's in so tight a race with only three months to go. Read Kornacki's column here, or the New Republic article here. (More Elizabeth Warren stories.)

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