Now she's running against Scott Brown for a Massachusetts Senate seat. Polls indicate the race is a cliff hanger. I sure hope she loses. I also hope that after she loses, she doesn't get a job "saving" consumers again in the second Obama administration.
Warren Tries a Makeover describes the situation this way:
"Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senate candidate from Massachusetts who is challenging Republican incumbent Scott Brown, wants to show voters her softer side.
The Boston Globe reported this week that Warren campaign advisers, at the urging of "top Democratic leaders" in the state, "are considering a new strategy that will be aimed at toning down what those leaders call the preachy tone that has dominated her ads until now." And not just her ads.
Last week, Ms. Warren used a prime time speech at the Democratic convention to proclaim that the American economic system is "rigged" to favor oil companies, billionaires and Wall Street CEOs at the expense of the rest of us. Her YouTube tirades instruct entrepreneurs to thank government for any success because "there is no one in this country who got rich on his own."
The pressure on the candidate to shift her media strategy "comes as Democrats, including some in Washington, have become worried that her commercials give off an unappealing image," said the Globe. "With her animated speaking style and tendency to gesticulate, Warren at times comes across as a 'scolding advocate,'" it added, citing unnamed Democratic sources, "while Brown's own ads have helped him polish his image."
According to the latest polls, Mr. Brown has a slight lead over Ms. Warren. He also has the backing of around a quarter of Obama supporters in Massachusetts. Apparently, and this may shock some Political Diary readers, even Bay State liberals who gave us four decades of Ted Kennedy don't seem eager to send a populist scold to the U.S. Senate."
Watch what happens in liberal Massachusetts for a glimpse of just how much the average American resents the success of other Americans.
My guess is not as much as Ms.Warrren obviously believes, but we'll soon see.
The outcome of Brown vs. Warren will tell us a lot about that.