Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might run for Senate in 2018 against incumbent Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Curt Schilling, former Boston Red Sox ace turned conservative meme generator, is gearing up to run for United States Senate in Massachusetts. Schilling, who has no public service experience other than bankrupting a company largely funded by the government of Rhode Island, would presumably run as a Republican; his Twitter account is littered with bizarre Hillary Clinton conspiracy theories and open invitations to insult “Liberal political correctness.”
Schilling apparently loves him some Donald Trump. This of course, is confusing: Trump’s immigration policies basically would have guaranteed that a majority of his teammates never could have immigrated to the United States… but that is a different story.
It appears as though Schilling is more than considering a run, he is already attacking his presumptive opponent, incumbent Elizabeth Warren.
Warren is often attacked by Republicans for her Cherokee heritage. Schilling made no qualms trying out some racially motivated tweets disparaging Warren:
This obviously is not the first time Curt Schilling’s racism has shined through his infinite wisdom on Twitter. Just yesterday, he attacked Cam Newton:
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The point is, Schilling is gravely underestimating his new nemesis. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat and former constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School, is one of the most powerful and beloved politicians amongst Schilling’s hated “Liberals.” Warren is the Democratic party’s attack dog; she is frequently sent on speaking tours to admonish Donald Trump and rally the Democratic base.
This past year, Elizabeth Warren was on the short-list to serve as Hillary Clinton’s Vice Presidential nominee. Presumably, Clinton opted not to choose Warren because of her utility in the Senate… as the party’s attack dog.
And now, an opportunity for me to use my political science minor:
All racism considered, Curt Schilling (or any Republican for that matter) has a slim chance of beating Elizabeth Warren in 2018. Warren has one of the highest approval ratings in the United States Senate and won her previous election by over 200,000 votes. I fail to believe that Curt Schilling would be able to muster 200,000 votes total.
Next, Elizabeth Warren has what is called “the incumbency advantage.” Incumbent politicians have an easier time being re-elected than being elected in the first place, because the resources and popularity offered by their current roles in the Senate give them a significant advantage. Further, as an incumbent, you are campaigning 24/7 so long as you are doing your job (serving the people).
And now: the polls. The political climate also is losing patience for candidates who ride on the coattails of Donald Trump. Trump’s policies– the ‘Wall,’ a codification of bigotry through our immigration laws, and a xenophobic approach to economic growth– simply are not resonating with the American people. Nate Silver, who is the Michael Jordan of predicting elections (he correctly picked 49 of 50 states’ outcomes in the 2012 Presidential election), offers the current political predictions that cut against Trump (and therefore Schilling):
- IF the election were held today, Nate Silver gives Donald Trump only a 12.5% chance of winning the United States Presidency.
- IF the election were held today, Nate Silver gives Donald Trump a 0.6% chance of winning the state of Massachusetts (which bodes really badly for Curt Schilling).
- Finally, IF the election were held today, Nate Silver estimates that, at most, 33% of registered voters in Massachusetts identify as supporters of Donald Trump.
Curt Schilling might want to sit this one out, Warren is the type of person who would love destroying a bigot like Schilling. Warren isn’t some Twitter troll that Schilling can reply to with a meme, she is a fiercely motivated public servant, tight with the Kennedy family, and a former Harvard Law professor. Not to mention, Schilling has to make it out of a Republican primary in one piece. Sorry Schill’, you stand zero chance.