Magazine October 14, 2019, Issue

Elizabeth Warren’s Limitless Ideology

Yesterday’s progressive, tomorrow’s atavist (Rick Friedman/Corbis via Getty Images)
Why progressivism can never stop

One of the more revealing moments in Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign came early in the second Democratic debate, held in Detroit in July. John Delaney, a former U.S. representative from Maryland’s sixth district, suggested that her plans might be grandiose. She replied: “You know, I don’t understand why anybody goes to all the trouble of running for president of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for.” She was applauded. Delaney did not qualify for the next debate.

Delaney’s comments about grandiosity — he had suggested, modestly, in the previous debate that Democrats

This article appears as “Infinite Ideology” in the October 14, 2019, print edition of National Review.

Greg Weiner is a political scientist at Assumption College, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and the author, most recently, of Old Whigs: Burke, Lincoln, and the Politics of Prudence.

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