Al Franken called her a “rock star.” She has an entire website devoted to nothing but getting she and Bernie Sanders on the same ticket. She’s been called Hillary Clinton’s only major competition, and the “future face” of the Progressive movement. She’s the one, the only…ELIZABETH WARREN!
Liz, as we’d like to believe she likes to be called, has been making waves for some time as a Massachussetts Democratic representative. She’s credited by many as having been the catalyst for America’s growing anti-corporate movement, and growing legend in her own right. Lately, Liz has been touring the country helping out other Democrats in tough and important election areas. She’s been stumping for Al Franken and Mark Dayton, Mark Udall of Colorado and Iowa’s Bruce Braley.
Braley, you might recall, is in a heated race against a psychotic Tea Partier named Jodi Ernst, known for pointing guns at the camera and promising to “take aim” at Democrats.
Her most recent stop in support of Franken and Drayton landed her at her alma mater, Carlton College in Northfield, Minnesota. More than 400 people showed up, most of whom just to see her. and as far as we know, none of them had to be coerced by their conservative-shilling employers to attend. Peabody Energy.
Repeatedly, she made mention of one of the areas most celebrated folk heroes, the firebrand liberal senator Paul Wellstone. This month marks the 12th anniversary of his last re-election campaign, when he died in a plane crash. In the midst of the speech, Liz called out those to blame for breaking the system they say is too broken to work:
“The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it!”
Later, she called out banks that oppose her student loan legislation; the bill, co-sponsored by Franken, would allow students to re-finance their student loans at a lower rate. This ability to refinance, which profiteering banks are fighting tooth and nail, is what allows banks to charge the exorbitant rates that they do. Because the point of the Free Market is, of course, to eliminate competition. An effort certainly aided by Republicans, who filibustered the bill off the Senate floor.
“We’re coming after them,” she said of the banks and their pet Republicans, to thunderous applause.
And, oddly enough, this is one of those rare occasions where the Tea Party base might prove to be the Progressives’ greatest asset. It’s true: Those crazies wearing teabags hate Wall Street and big banks as much as any lefty Progressive. It’s one of the few things we agree on. Well, that and the fact that we both hate Republicans. Oh, and also, Progressivism and Tea Partyism are both highly populist grassroots movements built on a desire to fundamentally change the current system, and create an effective form of representative democracy in accordance with the design and intent of the U.S. Constitution.
You ever get that feeling that reality just turned inside-out?
Maybe that’s why Warren’s star is rising so fast, and why her particular brand of Progressivism, so widely panned even in the Clinton years, is starting gain real momentum. It’s because she stands for real change. Needed change.
Because God knows, when we find ourselves agreeing with this guy, something’s got to change.
Let’s go already, Liz.