Elizabeth Warren announced her candidacy for the Senate yesterday.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll already know that we’re big fans of hers. The press coverage yesterday was pretty annoying. They kept focusing on the political gamesmanship of whether the other side will be successful in painting her as an elite Harvard professor. I think that if the reporters had just stopped talking and listened to her they would have known the answer to that question. Here’s what it sounds like when she gets rolling.
I like Ezra Klein’s analysis of the race. The public is sick of the way that Washington has kowtowed to the bankers through this crisis. She’s the only person I know of who has been consistently arguing against that approach all the way through. Scott Brown has some weaknesses on this front. Not only did he vote for the bailout, he made the Senate sweeten the deal for the bankers before he agreed to vote for it. It’s pretty easy to figure out why, if you just look here.
Her books (e.g. The Fragile Middle Class and The Two-Income Trap) are some of the best I’ve read at describing what “average” Americans are dealing with these days and what we should be doing to help them. This is something the voters care deeply about these days, and it’s something that she’s been fighting for for many years now. I think that any attempts to paint her as an out-of-touch elitist will backfire as soon as the voters hear her speak. So, please do anything you can do to help her get her message out. We will.