Video: Warren driver attacks Republican tracker

posted at 1:21 pm on August 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Alternate headline: Unemployment in Massachusetts Ticks Up By One Job.  Seriously, how dumb is this?  It’s so dumb that the last candidate who ran against Scott Brown for US Senate did the same thing, as the Weekly Standard reminds us.  How well did that work out for Martha Coakley again?

The Republican staffer holding the camera films Warren leaving the event and entering her SUV. One of Warren’s aides, who looks to be, perhaps, her driver, pushes the camera twice, and the second time it falls to the ground. The tracker picks up the camera and continues filming, while the Warren staffer says, “Dude, get out of my face or I’m going to call the police.”

“It’s a public event,” the Republican staffer says multiple times. Finally, as he’s walking away, the Warren staffer says, “You’re messing with the wrong people.”

It was a public event, it was on public property, and there is nothing in the video to suggest that the tracker did anything to provoke the assault.  Trackers have become a fact of life on the campaign trail, thanks to the decline in the cost of recording everything.  In fact, this is precisely the kind of thing that trackers want to catch on camera, along with candidate gaffes and inconsistencies.  How smart is it to hand that kind of event to one’s opponent on a silver platter?


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I believe it’s part Cherokee tradition.

John the Libertarian on August 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Oh my. That’s the end. She was down 6 in a poll released over the weekend.

Now she’s gonna experience the “Akin decline.”

ericdondero on August 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Real Men of Genius strikes again.

KW64 on August 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Classic thuggery.

either orr on August 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Thing is, on the left people can have different and/or contradicting opinions. Of course that’s an unfamiliar concept to the right so I do understand your confusion.
 
lester on June 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

rogerb on August 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

I’m glad to see Bob Etheridge found gainful employment.

blammm on August 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Him in heap big trouble…

catmman on August 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Dang, Flash (Ed) Fox is only talking about it and you got the deal up already!!!

Cindy Munford on August 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Union thug being thuggish.

Welcome to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Rebar on August 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

something tells me things are getting a bit tense in the teepee

DanMan on August 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Fauxachauntes sends her driver out for a scalp, get’s scalped for her efforts.

Rest in Peace, and may God embrace you Neil Armstrong.

SWalker on August 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Finally, as he’s walking away, the Warren staffer says, “You’re messing with the wrong people.”

It a tribal thing, I think.

AubieJon on August 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

blammm on August 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I laughed and laughed!

Cindy Munford on August 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

No peace pipe offered….

punditbob on August 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

How smart is it to hand that kind of event to one’s opponent on a silver platter?

With smarts like that?….probably a top aid for Chief Warren.

Lucky for the camera holder he was not tomahawk chopped.

elowe on August 27, 2012 at 1:26 PM

“You’re messing with the wrong people.”

Sounds like union-speak to me.

Does he have high cheek bones? Maybe the Cherokee union?

petefrt on August 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Democrats’ War on Men confirmed.

Abby Adams on August 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The arrow Princess Sitting Bullshat shot at the Republican staffer narrowly missed.

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

“Get out of my face Paleface”

William Amos on August 27, 2012 at 1:27 PM

The violence inherent in the left.

rbj on August 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Cum by yah.

BobMbx on August 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

The site is now an Indian burial ground for Ms. Warren’s senatorial aspirations.

MessesWithTexas on August 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Next thing, she’ll go to a Red Sox game for a photoshoot, and ask if she can get an autograph from Josh Beckett.

a capella on August 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

The Little Bighorn of Massachusetts.

Bitter Clinger on August 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

“Dude” tells you all that you need to know.

An imbecile protecting another imbecile.

God help this country.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Really — should we expect any less?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

The Campaign Trail of Bitter Tears continues.

Bitter Clinger on August 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I really have to hand it to the Republican tracker, even though I am not a large person, I’d have responded in a much more negative manner after being assaulted by that democrat goon.

Thing is, the Republican guy was just video taping. When democrat trackers are active, they engage in catcalling and trying to provoke the Republican candidate.

“Don’t know who you are messing with”? That’s kind of a veiled threat there, perhaps a RICO allegation may be in order.

AZfederalist on August 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Now she’s gonna experience the “Akin decline.”

I doubt it. The media will circle the wagons for her and we’ll never hear about this again is my guess. I even doubt the driver will get fired. Expecting Democrats to be held to any standards at all, let alone the standards Republicans are held to, is a sucker’s game.

Fabozz on August 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Get in thier face.

They bring a camera , We bring a ballcap and shorts.

Texyank on August 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Any chance that is Mr. Fauxcahontas?

BobMbx on August 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Leftist thugs. Absolute scum.

oceansidecon on August 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Next thing, she’ll go to a Red Sox game for a photoshoot, and ask if she can get an autograph from Josh Beckett.

a capella on August 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Early nomination for thread winner

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

In fairness to Warren’s driver, I do think that the filming of candidates sometimes does plumb the depth of the Occupy Movement. Civility should limit the filming to either speeches or something otherwise newsworthy.

thuja on August 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Ah, but did she call him “macaca” since we all know that alone would disqualify someone for the Senate?

bflat879 on August 27, 2012 at 1:32 PM

“Get out of my face!” is the new “who are you?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v60oNUoHBYM

RedNewEnglander on August 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

You’re messing with the wrong people.”

The Chicago Way

JPeterman on August 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

How smart is it to hand that kind of event to one’s opponent on a silver platter?

Not very.

Then again, these are liberals the tracker is up against so although it’s unfortunate, it’s not unexpected.

rukiddingme on August 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Folks, no harm or foul here…the guy was a PALEFACE!

ToddPA on August 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

The horse the Princess rode on has a driver?

If she and her driver sat on the same horse, the Princess would be sitting so far back that the horse may appear to have two asses.

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Lizzy Warren gave her Campaign 40 Wacks

William Amos on August 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Napoleon Syndrome.

Wade on August 27, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Dude, c’mon, Dude. I mean, Dude. Dude, I mean, like, Dude. Could you, like, leave her alone. Like, could you, Dude?

- Warren’s Driver
[Phi Beta Kappa - Economics - Harvard]

OhEssYouCowboys on August 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

In fairness to Warren’s driver, I do think that the filming of candidates sometimes does plumb the depth of the Occupy Movement. Civility should limit the filming to either speeches or something otherwise newsworthy.

thuja on August 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Maybe the guy was trying produce a short video on how a person can properly mount a horse.

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Did the driver have high cheek bones?

William Teach on August 27, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I doubt it. The media will circle the wagons for her and we’ll never hear about this again is my guess. I even doubt the driver will get fired. Expecting Democrats to be held to any standards at all, let alone the standards Republicans are held to, is a sucker’s game.

Fabozz on August 27, 2012 at 1:30 PM

That would be true, however the media is dead as Custer.

Wade on August 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Before the evening news cycle look for the story to be that the staffer was attacking and attempting to scalp Warren and the driver was only defending her.Comments have been blocked on the video by YouTube.

docflash on August 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

So the “you’re messing with the wrooooong people” is some sort of dog whistle and now all the Indians will swoop in to Elizabeth’s defense.

gatorboy on August 27, 2012 at 1:40 PM

“Do you know who you are messing with?” – Is he talking about the tribe or the democrat party?

Swerve22 on August 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

In fairness to Warren’s driver, I do think that the filming of candidates sometimes does plumb the depth of the Occupy Movement. Civility should limit the filming to either speeches or something otherwise newsworthy.

thuja on August 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

*meh*

Public property, public event. Cameraman was quiet and at a reasonable distance.

Driver overreacted badly, period.

RedNewEnglander on August 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

His dress, his emotion, his actions and his words are way out of whack for just a campaign employee, especially taken as a whole. See the guy holding the door open — much more appropriately dressed and passive about the videoing.

I’ll guess this guy is family. Could he be her son?

Dusty on August 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Game over. It was nice knowing ya Coakley, er… Warren.

rndmusrnm on August 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Time for another beer summit!

Mr. Arkadin on August 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

A Macaca Moment for the Warren campaign.

Warren should probably fire that guy, because (in all fairness), Warren herself didn’t attack the cameraman (she ignored him), but her aide’s belligerent behavior will hurt her campaign.

Steve Z on August 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

In fairness to Warren’s driver, I do think that the filming of candidates sometimes does plumb the depth of the Occupy Movement. Civility should limit the filming to either speeches or something otherwise newsworthy.

thuja on August 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

So the only things you think are fair play are the totally scripted events?

We already have that industry. Its called Hollywood.

And for the record, this video isn’t in the same universe as crapping on a police car. Thats the depth one has to achieve to be on par with OWS.

BobMbx on August 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I believe it’s part Cherokee tradition.

John the Libertarian on August 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Afraid the camera would steal their souls, maybe?

LtGenRob on August 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

The driver was “counting coup.” Stop being culturally insensitive.

“Any blow struck against the enemy counted as a coup, but the most prestigious acts included touching an enemy warrior with the hand, bow, or with a coup stick then escaping unharmed.”

warden on August 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Let’s get 100 trackers on these scumbags

redguy on August 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Who are the “wrong people”..?

d1carter on August 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I’m glad to see Bob Etheridge found gainful employment.

blammm on August 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

thread winner :)

22044 on August 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Next thing, she’ll go to a Red Sox game for a photoshoot, and ask if she can get an autograph from Josh Beckett.

a capella on August 27, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Or A-Rod, if he’s not with Sarah Palin’s daughter.

Steve Z on August 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

You’re messing with the wrong people.

I think that part of the comment needs to be further considered. Who would be the right people to mess with?

For that matter who were the people being messed with this time?

The driver had better pray nothing happens to the guy he threatened this way any item soon.

MikeA on August 27, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Since no one has brought it up …

This is an unprovoked assault and the person holding the camera should file charges against the attacker.

He displayed his intent when he pursued the person with the camera.

Then, God willing, the Warren campaign would be stupid enough to try to defend their thug.

Which would definitely cost her the election.

PolAgnostic on August 27, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Cherokee Nation lyrics

They took the whole Cherokee nation

put us on this reservation

took away our way of life

Tomahawk and bow and knife
Took away our native tongue

taught their engish to our young

and all the beads we made by hand
are nowadays made in japan
cherokee people
cherokee tribe

so proud you lived
so proud you died

they took the whole indian nation

locked us up on the reservation
though I wear a shirt and tie

i’m still a red man deep inside

cherokee people

cherokee tribe

so proud you lived

so proud you died

but when someday they’ve learned

the cherokee nation will return
will return
will return
will return
will return……..

FireBlogger on August 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

lester on June 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

rogerb on August 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

..you are absolutely devastating in your precision and timeliness. I said it before and will say it again: you are a HG National Treasure!

(There! I dare you to ctrl-c+ctrl-v that!)

:-D

The War Planner on August 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Do you think when Warren gets announced to the podium to speak at the DNC, they will play the Paul Revere and Raiders song Cherokee Nation?

paulsur on August 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

A crime was committed. A police report should be made. Publicity of the results should be made widespread.

Life should be fun as soon as that happens. Facebook/Twitter cannot be shoved back into the bottle.

platypus on August 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM

U makeum war on Squaw, you feelum wrath of whole tribe.

Ugh.

aiah aiah hayah hayah.

PappyD61 on August 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM

When you thought candidate “high-cheek bones’” campaign couldn’t become any more juvenile, it pulls some kid from a Needham keg party to drive her around and spew threats.

RMOccidental on August 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM

paulsur on August 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

She is giving her speech in a traditional Cherokee dress.

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM

THIS WE MUCH!

philoise65 on August 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I’ll guess this guy is family. Could he be her son?

Dusty on August 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

I’m guessing it’s her son Alexander Warren.

Rod on August 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Polls, Tingles Meltdown, this.

Good morning so far.

Chuck Schick on August 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I must say I take this crap way to serious until i read some of the hilarious comments y’all put out here.

yhxqqsn on August 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Do you think when Warren gets announced to the podium to speak at the DNC, they will play the Paul Revere and Raiders song Cherokee Nation?

paulsur on August 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I was thinking more like Cher’s song “Half Breed.” Of course they would have to change it to 1/32 Breed though.

Deanna on August 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

They’re leftists. They can’t help themselves. Snarling thuggery is part of the package.

rrpjr on August 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

You’re messing with the wrong people.”

…sounds and seems like a Democratic disease!

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM

rogerb on August 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM

You Rock!!!

BigWyo on August 27, 2012 at 1:59 PM

It’s a bigger deal when the actual candidate behaves badly (a la Bob Ethridge) rather than just a staffer who is easily rolled under the bus. But this certainly won’t help Warren’s chances.

dczombie on August 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I was thinking more like Cher’s song “Half Breed.” Of course they would have to change it to 1/32 Breed though.

Deanna on August 27, 2012 at 1:56 PM

That would be 0/32 Breed.

jukin3 on August 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I’m guessing it’s her son Alexander Warren.

Rod on August 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

His name Wrong Deer

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

How smart is it to hand that kind of event to one’s opponent on a silver platter?

If Warren loses, she can always model as the Indian squaw for Land-O-Lakes butter.

petefrt on August 27, 2012 at 2:03 PM

The violence inherent in the left.

rbj on August 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Chocolate milk on screen!

“you can expect to wield supreme executive power because some watery tart threw a sword at you!”

Marine WX on August 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM

He’s like a teepee and a wigwam…

too tense!

Dr. Conservative on August 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

That’s gotta be a family member…

BigWyo on August 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Two things:

1) This is Massachusetts

2) These are Democrats

They’re just following orders:

Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary

pain train on August 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

One Dumb Little Dove, and her sidekick,
Me Wump um Good

ToddPA on August 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Warren is a Communist and even for liberal Massachusetts that is too much… Now what would communist do? They use violence…. Communism is the violent aspect of socialism… Anyway, Warren the communist is going to lose…
PS: Warren the hypocrite rides an SUV… Of course for liberals hypocrisy is a must requirement…

mnjg on August 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

She is giving her speech in a traditional Cherokee dress.

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM

..seriously?

..oh, please say this is true!

The War Planner on August 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM

I agree.

Warren and her ilk are definitely “the wrong people.”

DarthBrooks on August 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Warren’s driver needs to be checked for a high-capacity magazine quiver at each event.

Yoop on August 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I’m glad to see Bob Etheridge found gainful employment.

blammm on August 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

*hic* HEW’RE YEW??? HEW’RE YEW???

MadisonConservative on August 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM

bayview on August 27, 2012 at 1:52 PM

And ride in on a Harley! I’d have to watch that.

Cindy Munford on August 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM

And of course Lizzy just sat there and did nothing while her driver assaults a guy.

NeoKong on August 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Macaca’s revenge

horatio on August 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

PS: Warren the hypocrite rides an SUV… Of course for liberals hypocrisy is a must requirement…

mnjg on August 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

But in their “minds”, it’s not hypocrisy. See, they are the leaders of the people and need those large vehicles in order to perform their duties of overseeing the needs of the people and ensuring the proper governance of the masses. The people will naturally agree with this and it will warm the hearts of the people to see their dear leaders being so well cared for and expeditiously carried from one party engagement to the next as those dear leaders work tirelessly for the good of the masses middle class. /s

I remember years ago when China was still Mao’s Red China and there was a news article regarding new limos for the leaders. The words above are very close to how the Red Chinese spoke of the deployment of the new limos.

AZfederalist on August 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Finally, as he’s walking away, the Warren staffer says, “You’re messing with the wrong people.”

Not if you have to say it…

JohnGalt23 on August 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

The SUV says mvtaxi.com on the window. Martha’s Vineyard Taxi.

faraway on August 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

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