Scott Brown's simplistic conception of race does not fit in the age of Obama..
If Brown’s “Fauxcohontas” meme were simply about abstract identity claims, it would have minimal resonance. Instead, Brown tries to turn it into something his followers should get really upset about by linking it to affirmative action. In their first debate, he repeatedly asserted that “she checked the box,” meaning that when it came time to apply for a dream job, she, who is visibly (and thus in his mind obviously) not a person of color, pretended to be one. He’s speaking as an aggrieved white man, saying she’s one of those who are taking jobs away from whites unfairly. It’s a way for him to tap into anger that the box is there at all, never able to be checked by white men, a figurative door through which whites cannot pass, robbing them of power.
Tea party activists are again supporting Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown this election.
The bottom line is that he’s a Republican in the Senate,” said Ted Tripp of the Merrimack Valley Tea Party. “Republicans have to take control of the Senate so we can stop the liberal agenda and roll back the liberal policies that have been put in place over the past few years.
Growing up American Indian, I wish I had a quarter for everyone who gushed to me about being "part Indian," because I'd have enough money to open my own casino. Some were white, some were black, young and old — didn't matter.
Brown’s latest ad attacks Warren as if she has been caught in a lie about her racial background: Warren claims to be part Cherokee and Delaware Indian. In her response ad, she says she never benefited professionally from her heritage, a claim backed up by officials who hired her.
Needham — As a member of the once thriving, but now shrinking middle class, I’m casting my vote for Elizabeth Warren. Her mission is to help us flourish again, because she understands that when the middle class does well, our communities, our state and our country do well. Hers is a philosophy of bubble-up, rather than trickle down economics. What does that mean?
Elizabeth is the author of several books and many academic articles about what has happened to the middle class in this country - about how incomes have stayed flat while expenses like health care and child care and mortgages have gone way up. She's been alarmed about the results of her research for years, and for years she's been frustrated that Washington just doesn't get it.
Using advance money from her book The Two Income Trap, Elizabeth hired people who work in Washington to help get her research on how middle class families have gotten chipped at, squeezed, and hammered to policymakers and others. The person Elizabeth worked with at the Raben Group was Melody Barnes, a former staffer for Senator Kennedy and former Obama White House official.
This was a part of her career-long advocacy to level the playing field for families and consumers that too often get the short end of the stick in Washington, where Wall Street banks and other big corporations can hire armies of lobbyists to do their bidding. It is Elizabeth's life's work and it's what she'll fight for in the U.S. Senate, too.
Elizabeth Warren appeared before a raucous crowd of small donors at the Openhouse Gallery on Mulberry Street last night for a low-dollar, closed-press event hosted by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
BOSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is receiving the backing of former President Bill Clinton
In a letter to Warren supporters Wednesday, Clinton warned that re-electing Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown could turn the Senate over to a party he said is ‘‘controlled by right-wing Republicans and Tea Party radicals.’’
Massachusetts voters have been entrusted with a statewide campaign of national importance. Candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren are stars within their parties, with important differences on issues and philosophy. The winner could determine control of the United States Senate.
Their campaign, though has failed to live up to its advance notices. The two debates so far have failed to clarify the choice. Warren’s campaign has been heavy on slogans, short of big ideas, and caught up in the current Washington fray.
But Brown’s campaign has been far worse. Seeking a full six-year term after being elected in January 2010 to succeed the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Brown has chosen to wage an assault on Warren’s character rather than honestly debate the issues.
Also Friday, asbestos union workers stood outside Brown’s press conference and said they were irate over Brown’s latest television advertisement that attacks Warren for representing Travelers Insurance as part of a lawsuit related to asbestos poisoning. The event was coordinated by Democrats, who are backed strongly by the unions.
The new Brown ad quotes Warren saying, “I’ve been out there working for people who have been injured by big corporations.”
A narrator then says: “Warren helped Travelers Insurance restrict payments to victims of asbestos poisoning. The results were disastrous for victims. The insurance company saved millions, and Elizabeth Warren got paid 40 times what they paid victims. Elizabeth Warren is just not who she says she is.
He’s flat out misrepresenting the facts,” said Francis C. Boudrow, business manager for the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Union, Local No. 6. “It’s offensive to all these people who’ve lost lives” to asbestos-related illness, he said.
Boudrow said Brown has refused to meet with him and his members, who showed up previously to protest outside his campaign headquarters.
The advertisement does paint a somewhat misleading picture of Warren’s work for Travelers. She was paid $212,000 from 2008 through 2010 to help the company in a Supreme Court case in which it wanted to secure immunity from lawsuits in exchange for releasing a $500 million trust to pay asbestos victims. In that case, most asbestos victims were on Travelers’ side.
But in a separate case, in which Warren was not involved, the company won an order that allowed it to retain its immunity without paying out the settlement.
Brown’s campaign argues she should have foreseen that result.
Authenticity, clarity of vision and message, and compassion: These are three attributes of Elizabeth Warren herself, and of her campaign for senator, that come across loud and clear to me. By now, I have heard her speak in person three times in the Northampton area, heard her televised speech at the Democratic Convention, and watched her first debate against Scott Brown.
You've no doubt read how a gaggle of right-wing operatives-- Eric Cantor (VA), Kevin McCarthy (CA), Paul Ryan (WI), Pete Sessions (TX), Jeb Hensarling (TX), Pete Hoekstra (MI), Dan Lungren (CA), Jim DeMint (SC), Jon Kyl (AZ), Tom Coburn (OK), John Ensign (NV), Bob Corker (TN), Newt Gingrich and Frank Luntz-- met during Obama's inauguration ceremonies and plotted how to further undermine the American economy in the hope of making the country ungovernable and turning people off to Obama.
The first part of their plan worked-- capturing the House in 2010 and grabbing enough Senate seats to obstruct and block every substantive bill President Obama has proposed for solving the economic crisis created during 8 years of the Bush administration.
Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has tried to distance himself from this crowd-- except when it's come to voting in the Senate. Through not as frequently as Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins of Maine, Brown has gotten permission from McConnell to cross the aisle now and then when it didn't really matter much.
Overall, though, Brown has voted with the Republican obstructionists on 75.84% of the crucial, substantive rollcalls since being elected.
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