Why Scott Brown Should Be Very Afraid

Two weeks ago, a video of Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren blasting Wall Street for the economic crisis and calling for fair taxation of businesses went viral. The money quote:

“You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.”

Last night, at the first Democratic primary debate, she continued her barrage on Wall Street: “The people on Wall Street broke this country, and they did it one lousy mortgage at a time. It happened more than three years ago, and there has been no real accountability, and there has been no real effort to fix it. That’s why I want to run for the United States Senate.”

Warren’s no favorite of Wall Street or the Republican party, which blocked her nomination to helm the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau earlier this year. But instead of having her as a bureaucrat, the GOP now has to face her as an outright opponent. And until now, few Democrats have tapped into this populist, “Main Street” stream of rage. Maybe they’ve been too afraid of angering big business; maybe they’ve been afraid that they’d scare independents off. But as the leaderless Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Bostonto grow, it’s clear there’s bottled up anger not just in the Tea Party, but on the left as well. And it seems that Warren fancies herself as their grown-up political leader if not in name, then at least in voice.

Sen. Scott Brown isn’t going to be a pushover for Warren, provided she wins the Democratic primary. He’s a canny politician, which he proved in 2010 when he scored a major Republican victory by winning Ted Kennedy’s old seat. But his opponent then, attorney general Martha Coakley, bored even supporters with her lackluster campaign. Warren, on the other hand, isn’t afraid of firing up her supporters. It already seems to be working: A new poll shows that Warren’s in a statistical tie with Brown. Scott Brown ought to be very afraid.

  • MJ

    Scott Brown should be very afraid because he has no record to run on! I can’t WAIT to vote for Elizabeth Warren!!! How many people love, love, love Scott Brown? There is an enthusiasm gap. Brown’s gravy train & that for his wife & daughter Ca$h-In Ayla may be grinding to a halt.

  • Tony

    It appears that the progressive elements have declared this seat, “The Elizabeth Warren Seat”.
    Teddy was given the seat by his brother Jack because Jack knew that Teddy was too dumb and would need a safe seat to occupy himself when he was not chasing skirts.
    I would hope that the debates between Senator Brown and the Democratic nominee will be more substantial than the UMass Lowell debate hosted by Marty ,”I never worked a day in my life”, Meehan.

  • Warren

    Wake up! are we going to vote someone in who has zero political experience into the senate. Are you wiling to makw a huge mistake again like Obama?
    You need someone in office who understands what’s going on in the economy not a extreme consumer advocate.
    The Dodd Frank bill to protect consumers is now rearing it’s ugly head with increasing bank fees due to regulation. The banks warned us consumers and now we are seeing th beginning.
    She thinks regulations are not strong enough. We are getting very close to socialism. Is this what you want?
    Brown hasn’t done verything but he has the experience

    • COR

      This reply (Warren’s?) clearly shows that yes, Brown and ALL TeaPublicans should feel AFRAID of what’s coming for them in 2012…

      • Tony

        I have endured 37 years of progressive hypocrisy in governance at the local, state and federal levels. IMHO, there nothing that the progressives can do to make me afraid of Professor Warren winning Teddy’s seat. Wait!!! ON the other hand if she were to pose nude that would be enough to propel her to VICTORY!!! Like the smell of burning napalm in the morning.
        Based on the video of her view of the interaction of the capitalists and Labor, it appears to me that she would have been an excellent spoke person for Lenin and Trosky in the 1917-1925 era.