For her, Washington is still essentially business as usual. “DC has a lot of good political auto mechanics,” she said. “That’s not the problem. The problem is that the car is on the wrong road. The car drives towards a cliff.
The previous week, Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel had tweeted a photo of Ms Williamson and Andrew Yang, on stage at an event for Mr Yang’s new book. Mr. Weigel quoted Ms. Williamson as saying, “We don’t want to be Jill Steins, but in any other country, any other advanced democracy, they have multiple political parties.” Predictably, the tweet sparked speculation about what, exactly, Ms Williamson plans to do next.
She may not want to be Jill Stein – the Green Party candidate whose presidential race is often cited as a reason Mr Trump won – but neither does she want to fire Jill Stein. After all, said Ms. Williamson, “we need a other. I support any third-party effort that makes a thoughtful and articulate critique of the fundamental flaws of contemporary capitalism and its effects on people and the planet. When she ran for Congress in California in 2014, it was as an independent.
Ms Williamson sees today’s two-party system as marred and controlled by corporate interests. “Republican policies are a dip for our democracy,” she said. “And Democratic policies represent a managed decline.” And yet, she also believes this is the year that will change. “The status quo is not sustainable,” she said. “There’s too much human desperation out there.”
She is unwilling to say whether she will run again and has dodged the question during our many conversations. About two weeks ago, when Politics published an article suggesting that President Biden would face a primary challenge from a progressive candidate, “like former Sanders campaign co-chair Nina Turner, 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson or millionaire and $18 an hour minimum wage advocate Joe Sanberg,” Ms Williamson declined to comment.
James Carville, the longtime Democratic strategist, is skeptical. “She ran before and she didn’t get a lot of votes,” he said. “She’s an interesting person, to say the least, but I don’t think politics is her calling. She always struck me as a new era Bernie Bro.