Republicans are gearing up for the 2018 midterm elections — and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s progressive policies are expected to take center-stage in the GOP’s fight to win seats in the upper chamber. With Republicans holding the majority in both chambers of Congress and controlling the White House, Warren has become one of the top political targets for the GOP, owing to her far-left leanings and relatively high name recognition.
Political strategists speculate Warren could spark conservative interest in donating to prevent officials with similar views from being elected into office. “Elizabeth Warren is the face of the Democratic Party,” National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner told Politico. “She’s extremely popular with their base, and that’s why she’s leading them right now. That’s why [Democrats] are voting 100 percent of the time with Elizabeth Warren.” The NRSC has already released digital advertisements linking vulnerable Democrats and their voting records with Warren, alleging that Warren has an “extreme agenda” and suggesting red-state Democrats distance themselves from her.
“These Red State Democrats’ voting records align more with Elizabeth Warren than the beliefs of the hard-working people of their states,” said NRSC Communications Director Katie Martin. “Having Elizabeth Warren as the face of the increasingly more extreme Democratic Party gives Republicans just another example to give to voters as to why these Senators deserve a pink slip in 2018.” Democrats, who have been attempting to link Republican lawmakers with President Donald Trump for their fundraising efforts, seem to be bracing themselves for the attacks.
“To suggest that we’re Elizabeth Warren is ridiculous, especially when you look at voting records and where we’ve been,” North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said in an interview with Politico. “They need a boogeyman, and they’re trying to turn Elizabeth into a boogeyman. And I think maybe what they should worry about more is actually doing America’s work.” Twenty-five of the 34 seats up for reelection in 2018 are held by Democrats.