Warren out front?

A Web poll at Mother Jones finds that Elizabeth Warren presently leads the Democratic clutch of wannabes.

Warren is among the smartest and most accomplished Democrats running, and has a well-documented record of working to narrow the grotesque income inequality that now characterizes this country; she is the genuine-article brainy, middle-class champion that Donald Trump pretends to be. On the downside …

  • She is a woman, and that precludes forever the support of some percentage of voters.

  • She is Harvard faculty and that, too, precludes forever the support of some percentage of voters.

  • The Pocahontas thing — the dubious Native American heritage; it’s there, but only in the way that all of us are mongrels. There is no evidence that it ever held cultural significance for her, though she was happy to traffic in the advantages it offered.

Can she beat Trump? I don’t know, but I also don’t think that Trump will be the 2020 Republican nominee. There is no mistaking the sleaze and corruption and borderline madness that surrounds Trump — and the Mueller report, whatever it says, isn’t going to relieve that; almost certainly, it will document cooperation between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, and Trump’s ongoing obstruction of justice is a matter of incontestable public record.

The House will probably take-up impeachment after the summer recess, the Senate will probably convict — and Mike Pence is such an obsequious weenie that his grandmother could probably thrash him. Unless the Republicans come to their senses and nominate somebody like John Kasich, which is unlikely, the 2020 election ought to be a gimme for the Democrats.

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