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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Tempest in a Tea Party"

If we had any doubts our 2012 Senate campaign is going to be a high-profile event, Elizabeth Warren put them to rest when she claimed bragging rights to the birth of the Occupy Movement.

Even as the Tea Party Newsletter launched a tirade about the possible health impacts from a long-term encampment, Warren took credit for being the intellectual godmother of the growing movement protesting corporate greed and the widening gap between rich and poor.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Warren said:
“I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do,” she says. “I support what they do.”
Republicans immediately pounced, but how different is her stance from Scott Brown's embrace of the Tea Party? In fact, that was Environmental Lobby of Massachusetts boss George Bachrach -- who knows a thing or two about congressional election politics from challenging Joe Kennedy in 1986 -- who put the exchange into context:
"This is a tempest in a Tea Party."
It's clear Brown and the national GOP fear Warren and her stand with the Occupy movement's 99 percent. While often criticized as incoherent, the movement does offer a clear message of disaffection with the rampant inequality in today's America as exemplified by the Congressional Budget Office report that the 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation’s income over the last three decades.

Hard numbers like that are difficult to overlook, even in the non-reality-based community that includes the Republican presidential field.

Warren is trying to walk a fine line as she presents herself to an electorate that is still learning about her. By claiming intellectual parentage of a movement, she simply alienates the Brown base that already holds intellectualism in low regard. And accelerate the process of the GOP trying to throw the kitchen sink at her.

Hang on, it's going to be a fun but bumpy ride.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course she did, just look on the internet that Al Gore invented.

October 26, 2011 5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Gore didn't claim to invent the Internet. That's just another Republican meme. Elizabeth Warren did claim to have been espousing a lot off the themes that the Occupy group uses long before they became known. As for Brown and the tea party groups, he glommed onto them because it was a source of energy and votes that carried his election. He probably didn't give them much thought before. At least Warren actively promoted many of the themes that later were taken up by Occupy.

October 26, 2011 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh sorry, Gore didn't invent the internet, he "took the initiative in creating the internet". My bad.

October 26, 2011 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a Warren volunteer, but I really wished she had been more careful in her wording.

October 26, 2011 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the meme continues.

October 27, 2011 12:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait for the first commercial with her quote running across the top, and riot police with tear gas, the tent camps, and store owners fixing damage from break-ins running on the screen. No worse than the implication that Brown throws litter out of his truck though.

October 27, 2011 4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True. The business practices of national politics are vile, and state and local pols are trying to copy them.

October 27, 2011 9:58 AM  

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