“Run, Liz, run!” the crowd chanted as the senator took the stage. She tried to shush them, waving her arms and admonishing them like the teacher she once was: “Sit down, people. Come on, let’s get started.” Then she launched into the sort of blistering populist assault on corporations, Republicans, banks, lobbyists and trade deals that has become her trademark.
“They cheated American families, crashed the economy, got bailed out, and now the biggest banks are even bigger than they were when they got too big to fail in 2008!” Ms. Warren thundered, in one of her many applause lines. “A kid gets caught with a few ounces of pot and goes to jail, but a big bank launders drug money and no one gets arrested. The game is rigged!”
She went on: “Billionaires pay taxes at lower rates than their secretaries. How does this happen? It happens because they all have lobbyists. Lobbyist and Republican friends in Congress. Lobbyists and Republicans to protect every loophole and every privilege. The game is rigged, and it isn’t right!”
Yay populism! But look at this nutroots craziness:
No really. Warren said this on the Senate floor while defending the Democrats’ deceptively titled “Women’s Health Protection Act.”
“Remember last year’s government shutdown that nearly tanked our economy?” Warren asked. “That fight started with a GOP effort to hold the whole operation of the federal government hostage in order to try to force Democrats and the president to let employers deny workers access to birth control.”
Oh, Big Chief Liz, I want you so bad to be good, but you keep on.