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Liz “Class Warrior” Warren Thinks We’re Dumb

It’s no sure thing she’s going to win the Massachusetts Democrat US Senate primary, but the chattering class is ignoring the fact that she is facing a primary battle against six other candidates, three with actual Bay State political credentials on their résumés. But, since she has name recognition among the Beltway set (both real and imagined), she is considered, de facto, the Democrat candidate that will be facing off against Scott Brown in 2012.

Her campaign released a YouTube video of her speaking at what looks like a house party ‘meet and greet’ affair, and it has many a lefty swooning. WaPo blogger Greg Sargent explains why Warren’s YouTube riff is moistening panties across NutsRoots Nation:

Here’s why I think this video is so important. As I wrote the other day, a Warren candidacy could test the electoral limits of true populism in a way that few other Dems have been willing to venture.

Here’s Washington Monthly “Political Animal” Steve Benen counting off the reasons why the fierce moral urgency of Warren’s message will propel her campaign:

First, for those wondering why Warren has a strong base of supporters who adore her, this clip offers a big hint. Second, if there are lingering concerns about whether Warren could be an effective speaker on the stump, I think those questions are being answered.

And third, if more Democrats were able to make the case for the underlying social contract as effectively, our discourse would be vastly less mind-numbing.

Yeah… about that “social contract” thingy…. Here’s Warren’s riff that has all these folks so pumped up:

“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.”

In Warren World, it seems this factory owner (and his factory, trucks, etc.) just sorta appeared from thin air. In Warren World, this factory owner somehow managed to accumulate the wealth required to buy the land where his factory is located; build the factory (and supply all the required infrastructure to sustain his operation, like machinery, electricity, water, trucks, and fuel for his evil trucks to use traversing the roads “the rest of us” provide); hire and provide salaries to the people making whatever the hell he’s making; purchase the resources needed to produce whatever the hell it is he intends to produce, and then sell those products to distributors… while never paying a penny in taxes like “the rest of us” did.

The complete stupidity of her argument–and the folks on the Left who are cheering her performance–is kinda funny, in that they are so desperate for a modern day Huey Long that they believe this idiocy masquerading as populism will help energize the Democrat Party’s base and bring moderates (whatever that means) and independents back into the fold.

I’m sorry, kids, but that dog won’t hunt. You run that riff passed some unemployed guy down in Southie, and he’s gonna want that factory’s address, because no politician is ever gonna give him a job so he can feed his family, but that guy might. Roll that crap past some secretary in Worcester, who’s watching her boss sweat as he scrambles to try to avoid having to lay off more people, while trying to keep his advertising company afloat in this shit-hole economy that Warren’s own actions and advocacy has helped to create.

Jonah Goldberg commented: “It’s a nice little riff, but I’m not sure it’s nearly as powerful an argument as the progressives who are hearing what they want to hear think it is. First of all, the factory owner already pays a hunk — a big hunk — for the next kid who comes along. The “rich” already pay a very disproportionate share of that freight. Warren makes it sound like that’s not happening now, which is of course bunk.”

Warren, and her fans, honestly believe the vast majority of the American electorate are so out of touch, so haplessly uniformly uninformed (they condescendingly call them “low knowledge voters”), such fucking idiots, that they’ll buy this “soak the rich” bullshit. They’ll point to some poll that they claim proves Americans agree with them. Listen up, asshats: if you ask any random group of people on the street “Do you think the rich should pay more taxes?” the odds are they’re gonna say “Yes.” But if you define “rich” as anyone making more than 200 grand and ask that question in, say, Manhattan, the canvasser will get beaten to death with her own clipboard.

Allahhpundit over at Hot Air has a pretty much on the mark explanation for the video’s lefty love:

The reason this is a viral hit on the left, of course, is because they think most of their political problems boil down to “messaging.” Their platform is foolproof — genius top to bottom — but the sheer ingenious complexity of the scheme means they have trouble explaining it to the common voting yokel. Case in point: ObamaCare. The program’s obviously brilliant, but poor O had a devil of a time explaining why in those 500 speeches he gave on it. Warren has them buzzing because, if this clip is indicative, she has a knack for explaining how rich parasites are getting fat off The People in terms average voters might understand. I don’t begrudge them a little viral excitement; lord knows, we’ve had endless fun with Chris Christie’s clips. But at least Christie’s focusing on entitlements, the long-term driver of America’s budget problems. Warren’s focusing on … this. Won’t solve much, but I’m sure it feels good.

Too right.




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