Great news: Author of “You didn’t build that” gets prime-time slot at Democratic convention

posted at 12:41 pm on July 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s not quite as good as getting the keynote slot, which will instead go to San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, but for Republicans, it’s pretty darned close to perfect.  Democrats gave Elizabeth Warren the prime-time slot just before Bill Clinton will officially nominate Barack Obama to be the party’s candidate in the November election, which means she may get even more viewers and attention than Castro in the keynote position. National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar wonders what Democrats are thinking:

She’s clearly a hit with the Democratic base, as demonstrated by her record fundraising numbers and rock-star appeal with liberals.  But fundraising and base enthusiasm don’t necessarily translate into political support.  She’s locked in a neck-and-neck battle with Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., but polls show about one-quarter of Obama supporters in Massachusetts are supporting Brown – the highest cross-over total seen in any competitive Senate race this cycle.  Many of the defectors are working-class Democrats who don’t naturally connect with her personally. As one senior Democratic strategist put it to me, she’s struggling among the Democrats who are liberal, but don’t know it.

Democrats publicly are confident about using the convention to cast Romney as an out-of-touch plutocrat, and believe Warren’s background advocating for consumers makes her an ideal prosecutor.  But it’s worth remembering that Obama’s biggest recent campaign blunder was when he downplayed the individual efforts of entrepreneurs, in ad-libbed remarks in Roanoke, Virginia.  It was his watered down version of Warren’s view of the free market, remarks that went viral last year.
In a best-case scenario for Democrats, Warren could emerge as a hit among the Wal-Mart moms, that oft-cited demographic that could be decisive in a close election.  In a worst-case scenario, sounding too hard-edged could risk a Democratic version of Pat Buchanan’s infamous 1992 convention speech, where he argued there was “a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America.”  It was a hit in certain conservative circles, but a total flop with the average voter.

What are the odds that she’ll go on another “you businessmen are barely-tolerated parasites on the body proletariat” rant on prime-time TV?  That’s probably a long shot; she’s already trying to backpedal from her angry tirade, as the Boston Herald reports.  Now she’s claiming to be the Savior of Wall Street:

“Every now and again, I meet with someone who’s been very successful on Wall Street, who says, ‘I want to support your campaign because I believe you will save capitalism. I believe in capitalism, and I understand there have to be rules. And they have to be consistently enforced,’ ” Warren told the National Journal.

“She certainly has a high opinion of herself,” chortled Republican strategist Rob Gray, adding, “It’s not one that most people who started their business from the ground up would agree with.”

“Nice try, but to make it sound as though government is business-friendly is laughable,” snarked Fran Wendel-boe, a New Hampshire Republican operative who noted that voters nationwide have bristled at Obama and Warren’s claims that business owners can’t succeed without government help.

“Obviously she’s trying to turn it around, but I don’t think voters or small businesses are going to buy that,” Wendelboe said. “She opened a door she shouldn’t have opened.”

You know who else ran as a Savior of Wall Street?  Barack Obama, in 2008.  How did that work out for Wall Street?  Based on their pattern of support in 2012, one would have to conclude that Obama is a bad investment.  The two main purveyors of class-warfare rhetoric in the Democratic Party aren’t going to be able to sell themselves as the Defenders of Capitalism after their footsie-playing with the Occupy movement. Don’t forget that Warren claimed credit for providing the “intellectual foundation” for the Occupy movement, when she thought that she could benefit from the association.

Expect Warren to spin a lot of sweetness and light toward Wall Street and entrepreneurs in her prime-time speech at the DNCC, but don’t expect anyone to buy it.  This angry rant from Warren and Obama have already shown what lies beneath the mask, as well as her embrace of Occupy nihilism in the streets:

Maybe they can play this music behind her during the speech, too ….


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Barry and Lizzie – two losers.

GarandFan on July 31, 2012 at 2:22 PM

She’s being groomed. They need another rock star. This wil be her version of Barry’s 2004 convention speech which vaulted him into the big time.

a capella on July 31, 2012 at 2:24 PM

“Elizabeth Warren Could Deliver Keynote Address at DNC”
…and to support her heritage, every 32nd word of her speech will be in the Cherokee language – if she can find a good English-Cherokee dictionary.

TeaPartyNation on July 31, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Evita Peron she is not.

But dumb enough to be used by the commie Democrat Party to enable uncontroled over spending of our tax money,,, yes.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 31, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Keep digging Libs. You job is shovel ready.

SparkPlug on July 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Yet, if these mad dog liberal “Earth First” , William Ayers, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chuck Schummer, B. Obama commie Democrats lust for self destruction, DO NOT GET IN THEIR WAY AND SLOW THEM DOWN.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 31, 2012 at 2:40 PM

…I want her to wear feathers!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Lizzie Warren took an axe
Gave the truth forty whacks
When she saw what she had done
Gave her country forty-one

Marcola on July 31, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I look forward to hearing her tell us that she is going to mug us, steal our money and liberty and that we should be grateful because she’s doing it for our own good.

CorporatePiggy on July 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

So this is the “best & brightest” for the Democrat party now, huh?

Bwahahahaha – back to the wilderness for you hippie burnouts!!

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 31, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Nice pic of her and Obama. What do you think lorien?

arnold ziffel on July 31, 2012 at 3:19 PM

They’re going to do their best to make this a “this is about community” thing. But in an interview or during a speech, they will come off as shrill as Obama did in his “you didn’t built that” screed. They’ll probably trudge Warren Buffet up to the stage saying is so it gives some type of “legitimacy”.

I’m betting to the public they’re going to come off looking like the Marxists they are.

itsspideyman on July 31, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Why are the dems pushing her on all of us? This woman is just a vapid moron.

karenhasfreedom on July 31, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Oh good, so Football Night in America will outdraw her, too, in the ratings.

stukinIL4now on July 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Sheesh. Why don’t they get Frank Marshall Davis’ son, Mark, to speak while they’re at it? Let’s get all the Communists up there.

kingsjester on July 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

They really do want to lose, don’t they?

I’ll repeat it: Scott Brown is a lucky man.

kim roy on July 31, 2012 at 3:43 PM

The year 1920 called – it wants it’s hairdo back.

50sGuy on July 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Naturally, a few people are crying this is unconstitutional.
How is this unconstitutional? It’s a legal requirement that every person applying for a job has to pass drug tests in order to get the job, why not those who receive welfare?

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Read a story this morning about how a number of states are now limiting the number of prescription drugs a Medicaid patient may receive (4 in most states; 1 brand-name drug in some others).

The days of no-limits mooching may be coming to an end in many states. Fiscal reality eventually trumps liberal “compassion” every time.

AZCoyote on July 31, 2012 at 3:50 PM

At the risk of repeating: she wrote this the way she wrote her Native American recipes…except she tool this recipe for disaster from George Lakoff. This woman is a menace. She is untruthful, deceptive and duplicitous.

allstonian on July 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Elizabeth Warren values are not Charlotte values.

mike_NC9 on July 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Fake Indian will save Wall Street by spreading the same process that created the sub-prime mortage mess to all loans and credit cards? Really? Really?

KW64 on July 31, 2012 at 4:09 PM

What happens if sheriff Joe is dropped and the indian is put on the ticket as VP?

News2Use on July 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Wackademic race-fraud whose new agency is trying to rekindle the coercive mortgage market bonfire AND gay assault on marriage AND gun control. Oh my. Shooting for a McGovern-esque blowout, aren’t they.

rayra on July 31, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Oh good, so Football Night in America will outdraw her, too, in the ratings.

stukinIL4now on July 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Are you not aware that the opening of Football season was moved to Wednesday night so that Obama did not have the competition for his speech?

milibertarian on July 31, 2012 at 4:39 PM

It was his watered down version of Warren’s view of the free market, remarks that went viral last year.

First zer0 was the new Abraham Lincoln, then the new FDR, then the new Reagan. Now he’s emulating Fauxcahontas.

What a lazy, pitiful, flimsy excuse for a man, let alone leader.

MisterElephant on July 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I hope she wears that creepy Mao jacket

deimos on July 31, 2012 at 5:12 PM

The year 1920 called – it wants it’s hairdo back.

50sGuy on July 31, 2012 at 3:45 PM

She always went with the Hiawatha hairstyle, parted in the middle and drawn back, as long as she was riding the Cherokee affirmative action train. Now that it has fallen apart, I expect that she will soon sport something more attractive.

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Can’t wait for her seething, angry finger pointing, pontificating speech dressing down American business and hard working Americans in general.The final nail in the Democrat coffin.

jeffinsjvca on July 31, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Professor George Lackoff from CA is the man the democrats go to for advice on how to word their attacks for the most affect. Prof. Lackoff was the one who came up with this tested approach to further the ideological spin to attack the rich. It seems to be working for Liz so why not have the POTUS try it too? You will see it refined and put forth again and again and again because the old divide and conquer philosophy does work sometimes.

Pardonme on July 31, 2012 at 8:02 PM

I gave Bill Clinton a slight reprieve based on some of his latest comments. I interpreted those comments to be indicative of his honest shock at some of the things President Obama and his campaign had stated, especially the divisive “rich vs poor” nonsense. Apparently I was very wrong about his sincerity.

I also frankly believe that Clinton benefited substantially from the economic actions of his predecessors, especially Reagan. Clinton was just adept enough of a politician to co-opt those policies and put his name on them for the political win. No, he was not some economic genius, capitalist free marketer. Just a very bright political opportunist. That’s it. But I started to believe perhaps he just did the right thing. What an ass I was.

Now I take it all back. Standing up at the convention for this president is not a way to cement your legacy and make people believe you really had the people’s best interests in mind when you were in office. It shows a certain amount of surrender and acceptance of the unprincipled, anti-American, destructive, socialist bent of this President. It makes me go back and look at your actions (Mr. Clinton) with a very different lens and the outcome is not favorable at all. Especially when one considers the nasty way Mrs. Clinton was treated by Obama and then awarded the door prize of SoS to keep her quiet.

Who is running for President anyway? Do Independents really believe that President Obama, who is actually running for office, will somehow morph into Bill Clinton? Hardly.

Marcus Traianus on August 1, 2012 at 6:34 AM

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