Coakley – Warren Candidacies Speak Poorly of MA Dems – UPDATED

This article is calling Elizabeth Warren’s senate run against Scott Brown a wreck, and I’m pretty sure that’s an accurate take. She really is an awful candidate.

What’s most interesting to me about her candidacy, though, is how thoroughly it demonstrates the disdain that the Democrat leadership in Massachusetts has for its own party members outside of the Ivy Class.

For the second election in a row, Massachusetts Dems have been so sloppily careless about who should fill “Ted Kennedy’s seat” — or they have felt so mindlessly entitled to it — that they have decided to run an overly-insulated inept, elitist, out-of-touch, rhetorically ungifted political hack who cannot speak beyond cliches and slogans and has no interest in courting the blue-collar side of the party.

Such nakedly royal disdain. No need to intellectually engage with anyone outside of their class or enclave, and no need to even hang around with the union guys or the low-wage workers.

Just as the fastidious Martha Coakley couldn’t see the point of “hanging around Fenway park” to meet all the commoners, Warren can’t be bother hobnobbing with the people who get their hands dirty; she just sends out pathetic fund-raising letters that ring hollow because they’re based on nothing but an assumption that people will fall for anything. The message these two candidacies have sent to Massachusetts voters is an old one that Hillary Clinton used to like to repeat: “you don’t have to fall in love, just fall in line”, and they’re counting on the unwashed masses doing just that.

Two elections in a row featuring women completely out of their league, handpicked by the Massachusetts Democrat leadership. They must figure it doesn’t really matter who sits in “Ted Kennedy’s seat” as long as she has a D after her name and can be counted on to vote as she’s told.

Were I still a Democrat, and were I living in Massachusetts, I’d be a bit offended by the assumption that my vote could be courted and won so cheaply.

Da Tech Guy, who lives in Massachusetts, has related thoughts

Allahpundit at HotAir: is also remembering Coakley

UPDATE: Warren quotes her grandmother who said her grandfather: “had high cheekbones ‘like all Indians do…’”. I wonder if anyone has told Peggy Noonan she is 1/32nd Cherokee.

UPDATE II: Instapundit links! Thanks Glenn. He also ponders professors, minority status and the government

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  • Karen OBrien

    I couldn’t agree more. I live in MA and I was amazed when Martha Coakley ran for the senate and how out of touch she was with the average person. I see the same thing happening now with Elizabeth Warren. And the Democrats are still referring to “Ted Kennedy’s seat”–I think they really believe that only a Democrat has the right to hold the position.

  • http://datechguyblog.com datechguy

    It’s really amazing how much the elite left really thinks she is going to play well in this state.

  • Costernocht

    The Elizabeth Warren I’m reading about here seems to bear no relation to the impressive woman I saw on Bill Moyers a few years ago, who spoke with passion and common sense about household debt, credit cards, and fiscal responsibility. Barring this latest flap over her supposed Indian origins, does she really deserve the opprobrium she’s getting? (I live in California.)

    [I can only go by what I am reading, what my friends in MA (and they're Dems and GOP) and what I am seeing on videotape, and to me she seems completely out of her comfort zone; perhaps that is why she seems out of her league as well. I watch her and she seems like a trainwreck. Perhaps in the interview you saw she was well-in her comfort zone and that makes a difference. I never thought Coakley seemed comfortable, either. I don't know why the MA Dems keep running women who seem unsuited to the chair, except that they're trying to hard to make sure it goes to a woman that they're defeating themselves -admin]

  • George

    As an independent Boston resident (though not a MA native), I completely agree with this post. I moved here in 2009, right before Scott Brown had his big upset. I was surprised to see how poorly the democrat party here is viewed by locals. (People are still pretty liberal overall, but that doesn’t seem to translate directly to liking the dems.)

    The current democrat strategy here has the ultra liberal academic set convinced, hook, line, and sinker. However, for the rest of MA, outside of Boston and Cambridge proper, they don’t have that great of a reputation. Brown’s win two years ago was NOT a fluke.

    There are more Independents than D’s or R’s combined in MA. I really think the Democrats refusal to recognize that this group of people will NOT just fall in line behind the Boston and Cambridge elite liberal types will hurt them drastically this fall, both here and nationwide.

  • Kim

    I live in Massachusetts and Scott Brown’s campaign is real grassroots like last time. He is always meeting and greeting the locals and visiting small towns. Last month Lizzie Warren was out in California – in Hollywood – holding a fundraiser and getting the big bucks from BIG MOVIE INDUSTRY. Brown definitely has my vote again.

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  • hiscross

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that she ‘founded” and then ran away from, is a dangerous mess. They haven’t a clue what to do, but like a dunk, blind person with a gun, they will shot at anything to make themselves known. I’ve been in briefings with Warren and she is a total nut case. At least she doesn’t have a loaded gun, unless the Mass voter arm her.

  • Koblog

    “Vote for Elizabeth Warren: She DESERVES to rule over you.”

  • Rob Crawford

    “they have decided to run an overly-insulated inept, elitist, out-of-touch, rhetorically ungifted political hack who cannot speak beyond cliches and slogans and has no interest in courting the blue-collar side of the party”

    What? You expect them to run someone from outside the party for a Senate seat?

  • Mwalimu Daudi

    “For the second election in a row, Massachusetts Dems have been so sloppily careless about who should fill “Ted Kennedy’s seat” — or they have felt so mindlessly entitled to it — that they have decided to run an overly-insulated inept, elitist, out-of-touch, rhetorically ungifted political hack who cannot speak beyond cliches and slogans and has no interest in courting the blue-collar side of the party. “

    Perhaps, but the people of Massachusetts evidently love rich, arrogant snobs who sneer at them. Why else would they elect Kennedy and John Kerry year after year? Mark my words – Elizabeth Warren’s snooty campaign will win for the same reason William Jefferson Clinton’s predatory behavior seemed to arouse liberal women rather than repel them.

    So what if Elizabeth Warren claims she is part Cherokee – or part Martian? So what if Clinton wants a little nookie and takes it by force? Liberalism holds that Democrat politicians are gods, and not to be blasphemed by the filthy rabble called the public.

  • edh

    The weakness in your thesis is that Coakley won a hard-fought primary against some pretty strong competition.

    But yes, the coronation of Liz Warren well before there was a primary campaign more than proves your point about the “disdain that the Democrat leadership in Massachusetts has for its own party members outside of the Ivy Class”.

  • CR

    I have posted this elsewhere and it deserves repeating here. Pretty much everything Warren has done on the campaign thus far paints her as a complete fraud

    She claims to be one of the 99% – despite pulling down nearly $1 million a year.

    She claims to oppose Wall Street rapaciousness and fight for the middle class – while taking $millions in campaign donations from those same WS execs. Claims that these are streeters who “want reform” sound completely self serving and are not credible.

    She claims modest, even impoverished roots as an Okie “redneck” – yet in her teenage years her parents owned 3 cars including the MG she drove to high school.

    She asserts that wealthier people have an obligation to pay higher taxes – but pays the minimum amount possible herself.

    And then there is the most recent howler about being 1/32 Cherokee which qualified once-upon-a-time for identification as an “ethnic minority” for the purpose of law school admission and professional credentialing.

    This campaign is far from credible outside Harvard Yard. I am amazed that there are still polls asserting the race is even close

  • gs

    The MA Democratic primary is not until September 6. That leaves plenty of time for Warren to be shunted aside if necessary.

    Iirc the Democrats successfully pulled something like that with NJ’s Torricelli a few years ago.

  • Oceanspray

    @Costernocht: Of course an interview with Moyers would be in her comfort zone. She knew she’d be getting nothing but softballs right in her wheelhouse. And if she screwed one up, they could always stop tape and redo it. Lyndon Johnson’s press secretary is nothing if not accommodating (as long as you’re on the left).

  • Charlie

    OMG! Bill Moyers is still around? He was a nut case that I cared for not at all. Glad he’s gone underground (or something).

    Charlie

  • pablo panadero

    I think you are missing something basic here. Elizabeth Warren is Ted Kennedy in drag! He spoke in platitudes, sneered at the entire Mass population, and generally behaved as a spoiled child. And Elizabeth, well, she is the same as Kennedy, without the Kennedy name.

  • BW

    “…an overly-insulated inept, elitist, out-of-touch, rhetorically ungifted political hack…”

    That is the most accurate description of a liberal democrat that I have ever read.

  • theduchessofkitty

    “For the second election in a row, Massachusetts Dems have been so sloppily careless about who should fill “Ted Kennedy’s seat” — or they have felt so mindlessly entitled to it [...]”

    Hey! It’s not “Ted Kennedy’s seat” – It’s The People’s Seat!

    (If Scott Brown keeps repeating this one from his last campaign, he’ll win again.)

  • mouell

    The more I hear from Harvard professors – Obama included – the more I realize that they are actually dumber than a box of rocks. Elizabeth Warren is an idiot.

  • William B

    Well, it is, as you say, Ted Kennedy’s seat.

  • bobby b

    As any true Democrat will tell you, Brown’s victory wasn’t truly a victory of a Republican over a Democrat. This wasn’t a case of voters choosing the conservative message of hate and entitlement over the Democratic principles of justice, fairness, diversity, and love.

    No, people were simply fooled by the lies and mischaracterizations of the Brown campaign, confused by all of the national attention being paid to the contest by a rabidly conservative national press, and mesmerized by the huge amount of out-of-state money that Brown spread all over the state.

    That election was a one-off, and the commitment to fairness and charity and hope and change – the progressive principles – remains strong in the vast majority of voters. The voters have certainly not called for change in the Democratic principles and policies. Time after time, we hear from chagrined Democrats who voted for Brown, only to discover later how they had been fooled. The voters of MA are angry now – angry at having been enticed by the lies and deceptions of the Koch-funded right-wing campaign industry.

    So there’s no call by the voters for the Democratic Party to change anything about how it runs this great state, except that we should do a better job of explaining to people why they need to vote for us. Our message was always on-point and clearly superior; we just failed to turn up the volume soon enough.

    (Ya know, as I typed that, I could picture Ms. Warren saying those exact words at some rich MA person’s livingroom fundraising meeting, and I could picture the typical fifteen or so teachers and professors attending the meeting nodding their heads in serious agreement. “We’re just perfect, but the voters need more supervision.”)

  • James

    There is always a move to the left to get past the primary and the party always selects candidates that will do well in the primary. Many of the positions a candidate must take to win the primary end up costing in the general election. For example, the Dream Act was supported by all candidates in the primary however the large block of voters represented by union families are currently anti-immigration.

  • Buck Bradley

    “This wasn’t a case of voters choosing the conservative message of hate and entitlement over the Democratic principles of justice, fairness, diversity, and love.”

    Given that democrats teach nothing but envy, hate, racism, violence, and sloth, I’m quite sure your statement is accurate.

  • http://ForeMoreYears.com ForeMoreYears.com

    For the second election in a row, Dems have been so sloppily careless about who should fill “The President’s Office” — or they have felt so mindlessly entitled to it — that they have decided to run an overly-insulated inept, elitist, out-of-touch, rhetorically ungifted political hack who cannot speak beyond cliches and slogans and has no interest in courting the blue-collar side of the party.

    Worked like a charm in 2008.

  • http://submandave.blogspot.com submandave

    I don’t know. “[O]verly-insulated inept, elitist, out-of-touch, rhetorically ungifted political hack”… with those qualifications it will be just like Teddy never left.

  • http://wattsupwiththat.com Themistocles

    bobby b says:

    “…people were simply fooled by the lies and mischaracterizations of the Brown campaign, confused by all of the national attention being paid to the contest by a rabidly conservative national press…”

    A “rabidly conservative national press”?? What color is the sky on your planet, bobby?

  • richard40

    The interesting part is that JFK, while also being a rich guy from Harvard, actually did have at least some feel for ordinary people and working class union guys. Accounts of his career talk about how when first running for the MA senate seat, he made sure to hang out in blue collar bars a lot, and really converse with the working class guys there. Basically he got to understand working class guys by working at it. The old Boston machine pols also understood working class guys, and often came from the working class themselves. But MA leftists like Warren are above that sort of thing, and figure having the support of the rich leftists in Boston and Hollywood is enough. I suspect MA is going to keep electing repubs like Romney and Brown until the dem party in MA gets back in touch with their working class, union, south Boston, Irish roots.

    Of course the repubs in MA have to be careful too. They must recognize that MA is still a center/left state, and if they carry the anti rhinoism creed to far they will nominate people that, while they could win in GA, could never win in MA. I support the Tea Party attacks on rhinos in conservative states, where any repub should be able to win. But once you go to center/left states like MA you have to recognize that the repubs from there must reflect the state. Brown does. In GA I would consider a candidate like Brown to be an unacceptable rhino, but in MA he is exactly what the repub party needs.

  • RonF

    James said, “the large block of voters represented by union families are currently anti-immigration.”

    Are they? Or are they simple opposed to illegal aliens being given amnesty? Anti-illegal aliens != “anti-immigration”, but the left wants you to believe that they are equivalent so they can paint people who want our immigration laws enforced as xenophobic and racist. Don’t fall into that trap.

  • pldew

    I have a slightly different take on the Warren run for Senate. No Dem regular ran. In a year that MA is losing a House seat, no one with access to Dem internal polls wanted to take on Scott Brown. That is one of the thoughts that keeps me feeling relatively optimistic about November.

  • bandit

    Scott Brown is a longtime FOM – it’s like he gets to pick his opponents – new jerk liberals with no personal appeal or real ties to the state hackdom. Ton Menino – another longtime FOM – also has helped Brown by not turning out the troops. You need to remember as much as MA appears liberal it is truly a Dem machine state and Chief Lizzykee isn’t really part of the gang.


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