Compliant press paints Warren’s avoidance of press as charming
posted at 11:08 am on November 16, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham
Her first press conference didn’t go so well in her home state, so why up the ante by taking questions once she gets to Washington?
As Elizabeth Warren walked through the marble corridors of the Capitol on Tuesday, she tried assiduously to keep a low profile. Walking arm in arm with Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Warren passed paintings of historic politicians, busts of former vice presidents, and the doors to the Senate floor they will enter once sworn in.
A small gaggle of reporters awaited one of the rising stars in Washington, and Warren knew it. She leaned into Baldwin and was overheard saying, “Pretend you’re talking to me.”
She answered no questions, and strolled into a luncheon as reporters from the biggest news organizations in the country scolded themselves for not getting more information.
It was a completely different feel from the day 2½ years ago when the last new Massachusetts senator entered the building. Legions of reporters awaited Scott Brown, who seemed happy to accept the mantle of stardom that Washington was offering. He shook hands with nearly everyone who extended one. Reporters and camera crews fought for space and congressional aides applauded and snapped photos as he walked the hallways.
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Warren seems eager to avoid any type of similar atmosphere. She does not seem interested in taking any advice from Brown (they have not had a meeting yet, and none is scheduled), and it was Brown on Tuesday who held the press conference in the Capitol, not Warren.
Neveryoumind that her behavior looks an awful lot like a newly elected public official unwilling to expose herself to any questions for the sake of the public. This is actually evidence of an admirable “low-key” humility, unlike that dastardly Scott Brown. Much like Obama, when Warren’s really bad at stuff, it will only be because she’s such an awesome person. Gonna be a fun six years.