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September 05, 2012 10:31 PM Live-Blogging Wednesday Night, Part II

By Ed Kilgore

10:15 ELIZABETH WARREN SPEECH

* Clearly rock star here, if not always in Massachusetts. But linking her to Obama, Clinton and national party best way to help her win a crucial Senate race.

* Her own background presented very effectively and efficiently. “Grateful down to my toes” good line.

* “America I grew up in” classic formulation to identify safety net with “good old days” and display conservatives as radicals.

* Warren’s main rhetorical strength has always been ability to display moral indignation towards Wall Street. She’s really displaying it here.

* Warren drawing on very old liberal tradition—as represented by her reference to Theodore Roosevelt—of arguing that capitalism depends on “leveling the playing field” that wealthy rent-seekers are always using public sector to tilt. Fits right into “equal opportunity” theme from last night.

* Best send-up of “corporations are people” line I’ve heard at this Convention, maybe anywhere.

* Obama versus a vast army of lobbyists—just the image Warren is supposed to create.

* “Country where no one can steal your purse on Main Street or your pension on Wall Street.” Good, classic populist stuff.

* Nice allusion to Warren’s authorship of rap that inspired Obama’s famous Roanoke speech that inspired “We Built That!” hysteria.

* Once again, Warren proves God not “purged” from convention.

* Kennedy quotes and “call to service” worth weight in gold in Massachusetts.

* And the crowd goes crazy! Good stage-setter for the Big Dog.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • emjayay on September 05, 2012 11:56 PM:

    I know, totally petty, plus really gay (relax, I am qualified to say that)but I would have advised Ms. Warren to get slightly less schoolmarmish do.

    Also, thoughout this convention, cameras have often focussed on mostly middle aged black women wearing patriotic/Democratic wacky outfits and hats and sunglasses etc. If I was in charge of things Conventional, knowing this would happen, I would have spread the word that Conventioneers should try to appear a bit more professional and serious. I know, a tradition going back forever, with color HDTV in everyone's living room, it just just does not present the best image of Democrats.

  • Varecia on September 06, 2012 12:35 AM:

    Best part of her speech was the righteous anger and incredulity in her voice when she asked "Does anyone here have a problem with that?!!!"

  • yellowdog on September 06, 2012 1:26 AM:

    This was a really tough assignment for Warren, since she does not have a lot of experience in the televised, convention-hall format. She's not an old hand at politics.

    Even so, she gave a pretty strong speech, with plenty to make Scott Brown nervous. She had some trouble negotiating the crowd response, though. She spoke over cheers at some points--so some of her best text got drowned out.

    Warren also came across as angry--full of righteous indignation and piety--and that may have limits with people meeting her as a candidate for the first time. I imagine she would say, if you aren't angry, you haven't been paying attention--or something equally sharp. Some people will respond to the angry tone--but others will not. (She stands in contrast to Clinton and Obama, who usually hold their anger in check.) She is running against a pretty blithe spirit in Brown, so she seems even angrier.

    Maybe some folks in Massachusetts can comment on how she's doing. They're the only ones that matter. She did pretty well tonight--so I hope she gets an edge.

  • superdestroyer on September 06, 2012 7:08 AM:

    How do progressives reconcile the words on the candidate Warren with the writing of professor Warren. Warren wrote that middle American has gone broke trying to avoid living around poor people. Yet, candidate warren wants to make it harder and thus, more expensive, to avoid poor people

  • Varecia on September 06, 2012 10:24 AM:

    superdestroyer on September 06, 2012 7:08 AM:
    "How do progressives reconcile the words on the candidate Warren with the writing of professor Warren. Warren wrote that middle American has gone broke trying to avoid living around poor people. Yet, candidate warren wants to make it harder and thus, more expensive, to avoid poor people"

    What exactly does she say was involved in this alleged middle America avoidance of living around poor people? First, we have to take it on faith here that you are representing her correctly and not taking her out of context, and second, if you've represented her thoughts correctly, it might be reasonable to have some elaboration on what specific costs she claims were allegedly involved in middle America's avoidance of living around poor people.

  • superdestroyer on September 07, 2012 6:51 AM:

    Varecia

    Elizabeth Warren wrote a book called "The Two-Income Trap" were she explained that many Americans are going broke by trying to purchase homes in "Good Neighborhoods" with "Good Schools."

    Of course, good schools means schools are are overwhelmingly white and Asian where the parents are upper middle class and where there are few poor people.

    Now Elizabeth Warren wants to make it even harder to purchase a home in a good neighborhood with good schools due to higher taxes, more regulation, more immigration, and race-based school discipline.

    How do progressives reconcile the idea of "good schools" with the idea of diversity?