Joe Kennedy and Ed Markey Know Liz Warren Is Done [OPINION]
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has the support of Rep. Joe Kennedy and Sen. Ed Markey for president. Joe and Ed are in a battle, too. Both know Warren is done.
Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III is running against Sen. Edward Markey to be the other U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. Sen. Markey is doing a very rare thing in the world of Massachusetts politics: he is standing up to the Kennedy machine. Many observers, myself included, assumed Sen. Markey would give the seat up to Congressman Kennedy and retire.
Both have endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren to be the next President of the United States. Their endorsements came a long time ago in the world of politics. They jumped on the Warren train before Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the self-made billionaire businessman, decided to enter the race. They were with her before Bernie Sanders picked up the support of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new brains and the political force behind the Green New Deal, a program the two contenders support.
And they supported Warren for president before Iowa. The Warren campaign was going to have the best ground game in the Iowa caucuses. That didn't happen. Iowa was a disaster for Warren and Joe Biden.
Now the Warren campaign is left to live or die in New Hampshire.
Joe and Ed haven't done what the Warren campaign hoped they would do in their neighboring state. Joe has been to New Hampshire just twice for his former law school professor. Ed has only been to New Hampshire twice for his fellow Massachusetts senator.
Senator Elizabeth Warren is a rookie in the world of politics. This is her first primary and her first potential opportunity to face off against an incumbent Republican outside of Massachusetts.
Rep. Kennedy was raised in a family with a century of political experience. Sen. Markey has been an elected official since the days of Nixon.
They know it is over for the Warren for President campaign and they are communicating it to us with their absence in New Hampshire. How will Sen. Warren communicate her thoughts about who should join her as the other senator from Massachusetts?
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