Conservatives would have been wise not to block Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren from heading the consumer protection agency she invented in Washinton. For those who don’t know her, she is quite simply the smartest, most approachable public personality in America.
Now it appears that she is running for one of the Senate seats representing Massachusettes. And I know people who are thinking of moving there just to be able to vote for her.
News comes that she is ahead in the polls versus Scott Brown, the former male model who stunned the world by winning Ted Kennedy’s seat after his death.
No other politician beside Dennis Kucinich in Ohio is saying the kinds of things she is. I don’t agree with everything she says, but no one can lay out the liberal argument like her:
I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever. No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. 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. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless — keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.