In the race for U.S. Senate, too much is being made of Scott Brown’s “likeability," and not enough of Elizabeth Warren’s.
I like Elizabeth Warren. I like her a lot. She’s warm, personable, smart, compassionate, and genuine. I like her values. I like the way she stands up for the middle class, and the way she’s stood firm in the face of unrelenting opposition to her unwavering quest for something we should be able to take for granted: fairness.
Scott Brown has a television commercial running right now about how he’s going to keep fighting for fishermen. Not so fast, Scott. You say their way of life is being threatened, and you’re absolutely right. But are you going to fight for fishermen who have credit card debt? Are you going to fight for fishermen who’ve mortgaged their homes to pay for medical bills? Are you going to fight for fishermen whose wives want health insurance that pays for birth control?
The short answer is no, and I don’t like that. In fact, a lot of people don’t like that. No one talks about how many people don’t like Scott Brown, how many Republicans long for a real bipartisan leader, someone with the backbone to stand up to the extremists in his party. Scott Brown says he’s a moderate bipartisan. But if he can’t stand up to extremists, he’s not a moderate, he’s a chicken.
The one with the backbone in this race is Elizabeth Warren, who has made a career out of standing up to extremists who will wreck the country to make a buck. When we as a nation are threatened by snake oil salesmen selling the lie that if we only give them what they want in the form of more tax cuts and deregulation then we’ll get rich like them, we need someone with the guts, intelligence, and character to stand up to them, no matter what anyone says.
That person is Elizabeth Warren, and that’s why she’s the one I like.