A number of my Facebook friends are very excited about Elizabeth Warren's announcement that she will run against the obnoxious Scott Brown (R) for the MA senate seat. They feel she's a fighter who gives a damn. Those who have heard her pre-campaign speeches were impressed.
So I listened to the announcement clip, expecting something fresh, something from the heart. Instead, it sounds like a message any tired Democratic hack might give.
I find it terribly disappointing that she is only concerned about the "middle class" - not about the working class or the poor - and this coming right after figures have been released that 49 million Americans are living below the poverty line. Don't forget that they've set this imaginary "line" at about $11,000 for singles and about $22,000 for a family of four! So if you consider a family of four living on say $30,000 to be in dire straits, remember, they are not included in that number.
Warren said she grew up "on the ragged edge of the middle class." How contorted does descriptive language have to get to avoid the term "working class"? And now her tag line is "A Champion for the Middle Class." That counts me out and a lot of other working class folks, not to mention the 9.2% of Massachusetts residents below the poverty line.
And why is she only concerned about "families." Some of us aren't in a family, thank you. In fact, some of us think the nuclear family is a problematic institution. She even uses the big union phrase "working families" - about which nonsensical feudal-sounding term I recently wrote. Her dumbed down message about big corporations and lobbyists isn't exactly awe-inspiring or creative either.
I know Elizabeth Warren has done some terrific things in her career and that she is respected by a lot of progressives. But I am sick of rhetoric that fuzzes the issues, that erases the reality of class in this country and that gives even the most promising new politician the look of a cookie-cutter candidate who toes the (increasingly losing) party-line.
Here's the 1 1/2 minute announcement. What do you think?