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Posted by on Nov 11, 2011 in Politics | 8 comments

Trying to Topple Elizabeth Warren

Rove & Co. have a campaign going to discredit Elizabeth Warren and OWS with one nasty video. Greg Sargent thinks (hopes?) they’re making a mistake. I think and hope he’s right. Their recent forays into Ohio just made people mad and got them nowhere. Let’s hope their smug,vicious attack is just another part of unproductive Republican extremism that more and more Americans are wise to. That 9% “favorable” rating should make the party of “no” feel a little worried by now…

In the meantime, Sargent writes, Elizabeth Warren is handling it well.

… Warren is refusing to engage the argument the way the right has framed it — as an all or nothing choice between embracing everything about the protests, or repudiating them. Warren and her campaign probably recognize the political danger of getting drawn into debating that false choice.

Instead, she’s keeping the focus on the larger critique of inequality and excessive Wall Street influence embodied by the protests, and directing the conversation towards the broader public’s rising anxiety about these pernicious problems.

The big investment on this new ad from Crossroads GPS suggests that this line of attack is only getting started. Warren will be the number one national target when it comes to conservative efforts to use the protests to discredit Democrats and their (very modest) efforts to combat inequality. But she seems to be betting that the blue collar whites and independents she needs will see past such efforts and won’t be distracted by them from the larger message embodied by resurgent populism and her candidacy. In other words: Not backing down.

She’s smart and she’s got a lot of people on her side. And she has stood up to rightwing nonsense as no other public figure has done.


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Cross posted from Pairie Weather.

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  • JSpencer

    Rove has long been an unprincipled partisan tool and his administration’s legacy of massive fail has taught him absolutely nothing. I hope this backfire bigtime. It deserves to.

  • sentry

    I suspect many liberals in Massachusetts were caught snoozing in November 2010. (I won’t credit any of them who instead were just petulant about Obama’s not making instant miracles that would astound as well as please them.) I bet many of them are already committed to voting (for Warren) in 2012. (What kind of legislation are they expecting her to draft and seek to get enacted, I wonder.)

  • Rcoutme

    I am a resident of Massachusetts and I find Sentry’s portrayal of the voters in my state to be ill-informed and childish. We have sent senators to Washington who have had enormous power (JFK, Ted Kennedy, Paul Tsongas, John Kerry). Of the above list, all four ran for president, three of them failing, but doing well in primaries. We sent Scott Brown to the senate hoping that he would bring rationality to both congress and the GOP. He has shown (as is common) some successes and failures.

    We were NOT caught snoozing; we found the Massachusetts’ legislature to be playing too much in politics. They had prevented a Republican governor from assigning a senator (through legislation) and then removed that law when it was a Democrat sitting in the Governor’s mansion. That kind of heavy-handedness and the terrible campaign run by his Democratic opponent both served Sen. Brown well in the 2010 election.

    I have not made up my mind which candidate (for senate) I will cast my vote for, but it will be a thoughtful, informed decision; not some petulant backlash against wishful thoughts on my part.

  • JSpencer

    Rcoutme, right you are. Thanks for the comment – and the reminder.

  • sentry

    Well, certainly the “Tea Party” phenomenon wasn’t limited to those so named but reflected a much, much greater similar thing among the general population. Brown made news, certainly, but were all liberals and Democrats as enthusiastic and apparently (showing us) motivated as were populist conservatives and the rest of the mainstream that objected to Democratic overreach? It seems not. Much of the mainstream, as with the “Tea Party,” was well awake and active, but were liberals and Democrats also so awake and active. Many in this country believed, no. (Where was the turnout? Item clinched.) As for petulance (beyond disappointment and a sense of betrayal) among liberal Democrats or self-named “progressives,” it was there for all to see. So were reported observations by many that the youth vote army favoring Obama in 2008, for example, seemed absent in later elections, which may have contributed to the surprise results in some elections, including in Massachusetts (even with a poor Democratic opponent of Brown — Warren corrects that for the next contest, obviously). Factual observations and reasoned speculation about what happened obviously is not ill-informed, nor is it childish (in being too simply conceived, which I presume led Rcoutme to use the latter word — nothing wrong with style, but content may be seen to be too primitive). If I am so, so are so many journalists and analysts and commentators then — so be it.

  • sentry

    I re-read what I originally wrote and conclude I could have done a better job writing, beginning with stating “liberal voters” rather than “liberals” (which could have been interpreted superficially to mean all voters in Massachusetts). Sorry about that, will do better next time.

  • Rcoutme

    Apology accepted. No harm is saying things. I was only pointing out that Massachusetts voters do seem to vote with their brains sometimes. 😀

  • ShannonLeee

    Warren has the truth on her side. She also has a massive intellect and a passion for protecting the American people. Rove and Inc. are afraid of her because they know her. She knows their tricks. She knows the loopholes. She knows everything they have kept secret while making massive profits and salaries on the backs of the American tax payers.

    If you want real hope and change… Warren is your gal.

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