Look, no one wants Mommy Liz and Daddy Bern to fight. They both love America very much and want what’s best for us. And what is best for us is to stop endlessly speculating over whether a woman can win the presidency and seeing if primary voters think a woman can win the presidency.

This week, just in time to stir up debate drama, CNN reported that Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren over a private 2018 dinner that he didn’t think a woman could win the presidency. Bernie doesn’t remember it that way, and Liz doesn’t want to fight about it. However, when pressed, Warren did use her time at the January 14 debates to point out that she is one of only two candidates to beat an incumbent in the past 30 years, and the other candidate to do so is also a woman:

“But look, this question about whether or not a woman can be president has been raised and it’s time for us to attack it head-on,” Warren said. “I think the best way to talk about who can win is by looking at people’s winning record. So, can a woman beat Donald Trump? Look at the men on this stage: Collectively, they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women.”


After a brief squabble about when 1990 was, the estranged couple seemed to at least agree that women can hypothetically be president. Now let’s please get on with the business of seeing if a woman can actually save us from our shitty stepdad of a president.

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It’s time to stop thinking of them, even for comedic effect, as Mommy and Daddy. They are not partners. They are not a team. They are adversaries. They are opponents. Sanders supports don’t need to hate Elizabeth Warren, nor hers him, but if you haven’t stopped thinking “as long as it’s one of the two of them,” you’re out thinking yourself. As long as there are two of them, neither can really compete.

There is only one way that either of them could even hope to win, and that’s if the other one goes away. Right now, there are two men in the race who will be in their 80s before we reach the halfway point of the next presidential term. And it’s because of both of their hubris that the Democrats could not manage a decent primary despite having over two dozen candidates declare.

Arriving at the marketplace of ideas, those two guys came with the worst idea of all: Maybe you should just nominate the oldest and most famous guy you can find. But because people are generally dumb and scared, they like that idea best. But also because nobody is directly challenging that idea.

Warren had a good night last night, but it’s come after a really feeble last three months. She went from running best campaign throughout the summer to running maybe the worst throughout the fall. This has been my concern about her from the start—sometimes she really seems to not know what she’s doing. Why she’s there. And why everybody else is there.

Bernie may or may not be her friend. They are colleagues. But he doesn’t want her to be president. He doesn’t even want her to run. And it seems like that didn’t occur to her until the last few days. Which is insane to me.

Can a woman win? I believe so. As I said over and over for much of the summer, I thought Harris had the clearest path—if she would walk it. Hillary Clinton obviously should have won—and might have in 2008. Can Elizabeth Warren win? I felt a lot better about her chances a few months ago.