— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) January 31, 2020
— Kristen Orthman (@KristenOrthman) January 31, 2020
… All campaigns are knocking on doors, all campaigns are raising money, and all campaigns are trying to get voters to commit to caucus. But none have been doing it as long or as hard as Warren’s has in Iowa. She has been campaigning in Iowa for nearly a year, with roughly 150 staffers on the ground and 26 field offices. And it’s not just about numbers. Observers say that Warren’s campaign has been notable for the depth of its engagement in local communities.
When a local animal shelter needed a boost, Gomez brought Warren volunteers to help. When a neighborhood in Des Moines needed help with their community garden, Hines organized Warren volunteers to pull weeds and till the soil. “I said, ‘Great, we’ll be there every Saturday,’” he recalls. “We fed folks in the community where there are no grocery stores around. We went door-to-door handing out vegetables to people.” Hines says the area near the garden now has several Warren signs that weren’t there before.
As field organizers in Polk County—the most populous in Iowa—Hines and Gomez spend their days training precinct captains, calling volunteers and directing canvassers. But they’re also performing the crucial emotional labor that keeps the campaign running: making sure Warren supporters stay excited about their candidate. That work has taken on added importance in the final days before the Feb. 3 caucuses. With the candidate stuck in Washington for President Trump’s impeachment trial, it’s up to staffers like Hines, a 30-year-old from Nevada, and Gomez, a 23-year-old from Pennsylvania, to keep the Senator viable in the state…
Hines and Gomez say they tell their volunteers never to bash Warren’s opponents when they encounter a supporter of a different candidate. “We say, ‘That’s fine, I like them too, what do you like about them?” says Hines. “We never speak negatively about another candidate.” That’s especially important in Iowa, where the caucus process allows supporters of less popular candidates to switch to another as the caucus goes on if their first choice flops.
“We know that we’re a lot of people’s second choice, and we know that if we start playing divisive politics that’s not going to help us,” Gomez says. “No matter who you’re caucusing for, we’re always going to be polite, respectful, kind. We know that’s going to win us delegates on caucus night for sure.” …
They’re hardly the only ones pounding the pavement for Warren. Hines and Gomez named their orange tabby foster cat Carl, after Carl Schumann, an octogenarian Warren volunteer who is one of the campaign’s most dogged local canvassers. Schumann started off knocking doors twice a week, Gomez says, then graduated to four times a week.
“I’m very impressed with his dedication,” says Gomez. “He thinks it’s the last campaign he’ll be able to knock doors for, and what better way to end his canvassing experiences than by trying to elect the first woman president.” As Gomez and Hines they were telling this reporter about Carl the cat, another organizer knocked on the door to tell them that Carl the human had arrived at the office for his canvassing shift…
Haaland speaks first — she calls Warren a "winning candidate" who can unite the party.
"Sometimes they say that getting Democrats together is like herding cats…. and I know Elizabeth is the person who can unite our party, because we have to be united to defeat Donald Trump."
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) February 1, 2020
Warren is finally in Iowa pic.twitter.com/OYN6I1zYYX
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) February 1, 2020
So…Elizabeth Warren is stopping by a bar in Iowa in a bit here. The establishment is quite full. So full, in fact, that the bar announced it was out of glasses, so empties either had to be passed forward with team work or the whole would be cut off. Team work has ensued.
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) February 1, 2020
It’s the part of the campaign where candidates are getting emotional about the end of the Iowa Caucus and thanking Iowans. “You’ve made me a better candidate and you’ll make me a better president,” @ewarren says in Des Moines pic.twitter.com/cPimkaIwOb
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) February 1, 2020
Michelle Goldberg, at the NYTimes, in mid-January:
… I’m not going to argue that Warren has the best chance of winning in 2020; I have no idea who does. What I will argue is that she has the best chance of bringing the Democratic Party together. Warren’s increasingly explicit argument that she is the unity candidate is correct.
She excites the middle-aged women who dominate the Resistance as well as the young people Democrats need to turn out en masse. She shares Sanders’s economic populism, but as a registered Democrat who has worked within the party — including in the Obama administration — she’s cultivated more good will inside it. (See how quick Julián Castro was to team up with her after ending his own candidacy.)
Both state and national polls often show her with the highest favorability rating among Democrats of any of the candidates. When a recent Economist/YouGov survey asked Democratic primary voters about candidates whose nominations would disappoint them, Warren was last, with 11 percent…
She’s drawn huge crowds throughout the race, and people wait in line for hours to have their picture taken with her. Warren has almost a million individual donors, which is a bit less than Sanders’s 1.2 million, but impressive when you consider that Sanders had a previous presidential campaign in which to build up his donor list. I’ve heard from many people that they’ve never felt as passionate about a candidate as they do about her…
Obviously, the nomination is going to be bitterly fought no matter who comes out on top in the February contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. But backers of opposing candidates would be quicker to reconcile themselves to Warren than to any of the other front-runners. A Warren candidacy would not force centrist Democrats to make their peace with socialism nor ask young socialists to jettison their dreams of egalitarian economic transformation.
The better she does next month, the more hope there is that Democrats will be able to fight Trump rather than one another.
Believe us when we tell you that anti-corruption is a strong unifying message that can deliver a victory in November. And there's no one better to deliver it than the woman who has built an entire career on fighting corruption to help working families. #Warren2020 https://t.co/LBit4V7pwb
— Shannon (@TheStagmania) January 31, 2020
The only force that’s powerful enough to stop Trump and the Republicans is us—the American people. They want us to be discouraged and feel hopeless because they're afraid of what will happen when we all come together and take up each other’s fights.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 1, 2020