Elizabeth Warren convened a conference call Tuesday night after her fourth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary and delivered some straight talk to demoralized staffers.
“I don’t kid myself,” Warren said, according to a source on the call. “I know that when the pundits and naysayers criticize us, I know it gets hard. And I know your jobs get hard, but these are the moments we find out who we are. … These are the moments when we dig deep.”
The moment is an enormous test not just for the Warren team, but for the candidate herself. After betting big on the first two states and netting no delegates from neighboring New Hampshire, the Massachusetts senator is at a low point in her White House bid — and trying to find some way to come back.
She’s proceeded cautiously. But the hyperdisciplined Warren is inching toward drawing more contrasts with her opponents, after sticking to an “I’m not here to attack other Democrats” approach for most of the campaign.
In her remarks after finishing in single digits in the New Hampshire primary, Warren argued that Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders were contributing to factionalism in the party. She criticized “supporters of some candidates shouting curses about other Democratic candidates,” an apparent reference to some Sanders backers.
“These harsh tactics might work if you’re willing to burn down the rest of the party in order to be the last man standing,” she said, pointedly.
She followed up on Wednesday by siding with Nevada’s powerful Culinary Union in a clash with Sanders backers over his Medicare for All plan. “No one should attack @Culinary226 and its members for fighting hard for themselves and their families,” she wrote.
Warren’s pivot has been uneven, however.