It’s been a rough time to be an American liberal. Despite having a Democrat in the White House and Democrats in control of the Senate, there’s a lot of disillusionment in how moderate and cautious Barack Obama and Harry Reid have dealt with the Republican resistance.
There’s been a longing for a liberal–no, make that a LIBERAL who won’t back down when the conservatives raise up. The president has to lead from the middle. There’s a void of the Left.
Along comes Elizabeth Warren to fill it. Liberals need a hero and Warren fills the bill. Foiled by the Republicans in the Senate who blocked her nomination by President Obama to head the newly created banking oversight agency, is making a bid to join them by running for the seat formerly held by the iconic Ted Kennedy and being kept warm by Scott Brown
Warren is tough, smart, ready, willing to take on special interests and a damn sight smarter than some of the zombies who would be her colleagues like David “Diaper” Vitter or Rand Paul.
Plus, right-wingers hate her which is big plus on her side. I can’t vote for Warren, but I’d definitely scratch a check for her campaign fund. So many liberals aren’t willing to stand up and call themselves a liberal. For calling out the big banks and Wall Street, Warren has earned their enmity.
This is a seat the Democrats desperately want back and they will pump a lot of money into knocking off a vulnerable Brown. Just as certain is the amount of money the GOP will pour into keeping Brown there as they are poised to take control of the Senate in next year’s elections.
There will be other challengers Warren will have to beat before she can get to Brown, but whomever gets the support of Ted’s widow, Victoria, will get a huge lift from that endorsement.
Brown is the incumbent, but he’s hardly invulnerable. If Democrats can’t beat him in liberal Massachusetts, they probably can’t beat any Republican anywhere. While the presidential race gets the lion’s share of the attention, even if Obama wins reelection, he could find himself surrounded by Republican control of both houses of Congress.
A match between Warren and Brown would bring national attention to the importance of maintaining Democratic power and go a long ways in determining whether Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell is the next Senate Majority Leader.
But Brown isn’t waiting for Warren to win the chance to become his formal opponent before attacking her.
Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) was interviewed on a local talk radio show Thursday morning. And he had an interesting response to a recent line from Democratic frontrunner Elizabeth Warren.
At a Democratic primary debate this week, Warren was asked how she paid for college — in contrast to Brown having posed nude for Cosmopolitan. “I kept my clothes on,” Warren replied. “I borrowed money.”
This morning, one of the hosts asked Brown: “Have you officially responded to Elizabeth Warren’s comment about how she didn’t take her clothes off?”
Brown began laughing lightheartedly, and gave his reply.
“Thank God,” he said, with more laughter.
“That’s what I said!” the host responded. “Hey look, can you blame a good-looking guy for, for — you know.”
“Listen, bottom line is I didn’t go to Harvard. You know, I went to the school of hard knocks. And I did whatever I had to do to pay for school.” Brown continued. “And for people who know me, and know what I’ve been through — my mom and dad married and divorced four times each, and you know some real challenges growing up. You know, whatever.
Brown has something in common with Warren. She didn’t go to Harvard either. She teaches there but she was born in Oklahoma, the University of Houston and got her law degree from Rutgers University. Warren is more blue collar than blue blood, but that was a nice attempt at a “class warfare” jab there, Scotty boy.
Warren’s campaign raised over $3 million in its first month, most of it in $100 donations. The ability to raise that kind of cash should worry Brown and his backers.
Warren is despised by the Republicans precisely because she’s the kind of feisty, fighting liberal you don’t see much of these days. She could teach President Obama a thing or two about standing up to right-wing attacks.
There are plenty of people in Washington looking out for the billion dollar corporations. My life’s work has been fighting for middle class families, taking on big banks, putting forward new ideas, and working to turn those ideas into a reality that makes a difference for people. That’s what I’ll do in the U.S. Senate.
I want you to know what I believe, where I stand, and what I think is worth fighting for: I want to help rebuild America’s middle class. I want a future filled with opportunities for those who work hard and play by the rules.
We need a 21st century manufacturing base and expanded service capacity. We need a set of workable rules that don’t tangle up those who are trying to create something new. We need to be able to invent things, make things, and sell things to the rest of the world. We did that once, and we can do it again.
I like this woman. I might have to quit my job, move to Massachusetts and go work for her. Warren is the one liberals have been waiting for.
- Elizabeth Warren’s $3.15m Dwarfs Scott Brown (themoderatevoice.com)
- Elizabeth Warren on ‘Wall Street’s Favorite Senator’ Scott Brown (crooksandliars.com)