The Boston Globe published the letter to the editor Warren And Brown Are Two Sides Of Same Tarnished Coin.
RE “A safe distance from Occupy: Warren claimed to have influenced the movement, then backed off’’ (Op-ed, Dec. 18): Our country is in big trouble, and it’s not the kind of trouble that’s going to be fixed by trading Democrat Elizabeth Warren for Republican Senator Scott Brown. Winning the political game isn’t going to do it. The beliefs and minds of a lot of people are going to have to be changed, and that’s going to require someone willing to shout out the unvarnished, untriangulated truth, no matter what. I had hoped that Warren might be that fearless truth-teller. I’m afraid that my hopes, like those of columnist Joan Vennochi, are fading fast.
The statement that “The beliefs and minds of a lot of people are going to have to be changed, and that’s going to require someone willing to shout out the unvarnished, untriangulated truth, no matter what.” echoes something that I have been saying in a number of different ways. Most recently I said something related to Obama along the same lines in the post President Obama Rallies His Domestic Troops – What $40 Mean. Part of what I said in that post was:
I hope this is a sign that the President has come to realize that his most important job is to educate voters so that they know what is at stake. Rallying people around the legislation he wants to pass, is effective as shown by this incident.
In an even earlier post on December 6, Strong Medicine For Elizabeth Warren, I directly addressed the issue of her initial comments about OWS and then her unwillingness to stand by those remarks.
My response to that comment was:
I am so glad someone asked about the intellectual foundation that Elizabeth Warren provided to the Occupy movement.
Elizabeth Warren wrote a book, “The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class”
If you really wanted an answer to the question, you would devote the time to listen to her invited lecture on what is the lesson from the book.
I do not understand why the campaign doesn’t use this strong message to shoot down the Karl Rove meme. I suggested Warren acknowledge the OWS movement. The proviso was that there was going to be blowback, and you had to be prepared for it. Now that you have taken the bold step, you cannot retreat. You must use the blow back as a teachable moment.
The blowback will continue until you answer it forcefully. If some professional political advisor is holding Elizabeth back from making her case, that person ought to be fired.
If she is a bold person, and we like boldness, then you can’t retreat and be a wimp. Go for broke, or go home.