November 10, 2013


This long but super-informative piece on Hillary's possible competitor is so well-researched that they even knew what Elizabeth Warren's answering service message's prompts at her old job were. If she wants to pull Democrats in a direction that makes sense for the dying middle class--or are they calling them the "working poor" today?--I welcome someone to compete against the inevitable candidate, Hillary. Their word, "inevitable." Sounds kinda creepy, as if we don't really have a choice even when we vote. Inevitable, like lobbyists and global warming. Doesn't sound too hot to me. Yet this excerpt is a fine recommendation for Elizabeth. We need a "national furor" so maybe she can set off another one. NEW REPUBLIC: "The following month, during her very first banking committee hearing, Warren again waited patiently for her turn to speak—then promptly set off a national furor. “Tell me a little bit about the last few times you’ve taken the biggest financial institutions on Wall Street all the way to a trial,” she asked a table full of bank regulators. The question, though eminently reasonable, violated an unstated rule of committee protocol, in which members of Congress are allowed to rant and rave at length but generally abstain from humiliating appointees, especially from their own party. An awkward pause ensued, at which point Warren flared her eyes and thrust her head forward, as if to say, “Yes, this is really happening.” Until that instant, the regulators believed the world worked one way; suddenly, it was working another. One winced hemorrhoidally as he searched for a place to fix his gaze. The head of an agency called the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) appeared to whimper before allowing that the threat of trial was unnecessary for keeping the banks in check—about as counterfactual a notion as the industry has ever produced. A third regulator chimed in affirmatively. For a few minutes, Warren looked like the only sane person in a mental ward. A video of the exchange has been viewed online more than a million times." This is Huffpo's lead article today. Lefty webpages suggest that Warren was a hawk on Iran or that her economic policy took a backseat to her foreign policy. Something to watch out for. Hillary's Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren MORE: NEWREPUBLIC