Taking one for the team
Warren isn't sitting back and taking it from the team that brought you CrazyKhazei as a campaign theme.
“Yeah, I’m a Harvard professor. But I wasn’t born at Harvard. I came up scrappy. I came up the hard way.’’One of the most maddening things about American politics is the tradition of conservative Republicans painting liberal Democrats as three-headed monsters out of touch with the mainstream.
The demonization -- remember how Mike Dukakis was a "boutique" liberal from the strange land of Brookline and Cambridge -- was one of the most popular globs of mud tossed by George H.W. Bush -- is a set piece in the GOP arsenal.
The refusal of liberals to fight back is undoubtedly one of the reasons Republicans have been so successful in managing to get working men and women to vote against their financial interests and support swaggering Republicans like George W. Bush, or even his pork-rind chomping Yale preppie elitist father.
And right on cue, the latest version of the macho Texan, Rick Perry, is capturing GOP affection over that allegedly Massachusetts-based wimp named Mitt Romney.
Warren clearly threatens to upend that apple cart -- which is why Republican congressional leaders were dead set against her leading an agency designed to tale part some control for consumers raped by the financial crisis generated by Wall Street's elite.
And it's why Scott Brown's minions -- seeing what Perry is doing to Romney -- took Page One from the GOP playbook and are trying to hang Harvard around the neck of a potential challenger to the barn coat-wearing, truck driving friend of those same bankers.
Warren looks like she has a successful antidote to the mud and her refusal to follow the script is undoubtedly causing them some heartburn right about now.