Elizabeth Warren a woman of few words

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    Elizabeth Warren a woman of few words

    Wow, in 24 hours Warren gets dinged by the Globe; could be it be buyers remorse? 

    BTW, just a note to my fellow posters, if you want to read a column or story from the paper that's restricted by a subscription just Google the title and you get a free link.

    Elizabeth Warren a woman of few words

     

    By Brian McGrory

     

      November 09, 2012

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    For the sake of Massachusetts, let’s hope that Elizabeth Warren gets better than this.

    She was always a mildly underwhelming candidate, clutching her talking points like they were a satchel of gold — millionaires and ­billionaires, a level playing field, big oil. As deft as she was at slogans, she was never so good at answering questions, which was odd for a person of such experience and substance.

    Her acceptance on Tuesday night continued that odd tradition — her stump speech warmed over with a midway nod ­toward her vanquished opponent, Scott Brown. It was hard to fathom that she couldn’t offer a few meaningful words on what it means to capture the honor of ­representing Massachusetts in the US ­Senate.

    But none of this could have prepared anyone for the scene that unfolded Thursday afternoon in the governor’s suite of the State House. Warren met with Deval ­Patrick in his private office, and then the pair came into an adjacent conference room, where a battery of cameras and ­reporters were waiting.

    Now consider for a moment what these introductory news conferences are intended to be. Easy — that’s what they’re supposed to be. It should be, and probably will be, the easiest news conference of a newly-elected official’s life, the anxiety of the election behind, the glow of victory all around, the glory of service ahead.

    It was Warren’s chance to rest her ­elbows on the podium, tell the gathered crowd that she’s never felt this exhausted in her life, and then share a bit of her exhilaration over the prospect of standing up for the working class in the most important ­deliberative body in the world, talking points aside.

    So did she do this, any of it? Let’s go to the tape.

    “I’m glad,” she said curtly to a question about the high turnout of women voters that undoubtedly propelled her to victory.

    “I’m delighted,” she said abruptly when asked her feelings on the number of women voted to high office this week.

    “Of course,” she said shortly, when asked if she would seek diversity on her staff.

    To the important question of what committee assignments she’d like, she replied, “I will continue to talk to the leader about it.”

    After less than 12 minutes of these ­comically clipped answers, a gubernatorial aide called, “Last question,” prompting Warren to flee the room as if the podium was on fire. She made Scott Brown look like Cicero.

    It only hurt, not helped, to learn that Warren later told a few reporters by way of explanation, “All I can say is I was a lot more discreet as a candidate than I was in real life.” She turned to an aide as she said this and asked, “Can I say that? Maybe it’s indiscreet to talk about discretion.”

    Here’s what Elizabeth Warren needs to understand — immediately. Tens of thousands of good, honest, hard-working people sent her tens of millions of dollars to run what amounted to the most expensive and elaborate political campaign that this state has ever seen.

    They didn’t just give their money, these supporters. They invested their hopes, their hearts, their dreams, and for many of them, their time. If she didn’t turn out to be the most scintillating candidate, that was OK, because she was far better than the other option, and they knew she would improve once she grabbed the prize.

    And now that she’s won, what these people expect, what they want, is what is supposed to be Warren’s trademark: openness and honesty. They want someone who will treat the public with dignity and give honest voice to the issues that are on everyone’s mind, discretion be damned.

    Yes, she is tired. Of course, it’s all new. Admittedly, this is about style.

    But election night was lazy. Thursday was disrespectful. If Elizabeth Warren is better than this, and there is every hope and belief that she is, it’s time to start showing it now.

     

     
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    Re: Elizabeth Warren a woman of few words

    It doens't matter.  The time with Deval was to re-emphasise that she is to vote for anything and everything that Obama wants, no excuses, or the party will primary herout  back to her millionaire brattle street mansion quicker than she can say cherokee.

    Funny when an uber liberal gets the bit put in her mouth by an extreme liberal.  She's being reigned in.

    Makes you wonder just how left she really is.  Must be pretty extrem for that treatment.

     
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    The next unscripted press conference that brown has will be his first one.

     
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    So the problem here is she had very little to say?  She hasn't even started the job, yet, jeez what a ridiculous complaint.  Yeah she could go skipping through Cambridge offerring lollipops, smiles, and long monologues on the import of being elected, but maybe, and I could be crazy here, but maybe the person -not the candidate- just needs a couple days to wind down her operation, catch a breather, and refresh a bit. 

     
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    In response to NO MO O's comment:
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    Looked like SHE was hammered.

    Does she have any original thoughts.

    I could have answered the questions better.

    Guess she gets all her quotes from Obama.

    Good thing they didn't ask her what time it was.

     

    What sounds better:

    SENATOR LIAWATHA

    or SENATOR SPEWING BULL

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    Do you know what sounds great ?....................................... Former Senator Scott Brown, now that is music to many a ear.

     
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    Re: Elizabeth Warren a woman of few words

    Actually, you're a day late.  :)

    There was an article on BDC (front end, non-feebased) yesterday, with now a robust 400 comments attached, that reported on Warren's media 'terseness' following her meeting with Deval Patrick.   

    The article you cite is not an editorial, or op-ed, it's Brian McGrory, who has been passive aggressive about Brown-Warren for months; I read his column regularly, FWIW.   Not much new here.  He'd bash Brown quite regularly, but he never really gave a full-fledged thumbs up to Warren, so let's just say he's played both ends from the middle for the duration of the election process.   He never came right out and said he liked her.  :)

    Brown was harshly criticized for deflecting the media, and now it seems Warren is doing the same, with an even shorter fuse.   True colors?   Time will tell.

    Check out some of the comments; you might find them amusing.  

    http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/11/08/elizabeth-warren-after-first-news-conference-acknowledges-she-trying-for-more-discretion/oHXoxoHXstvQ0eMgAkuLJP/story.html

    PS Thanks for your opinions / analysis re: Maggie Hassan.  Glad that you're okay with the results of the election.   With 2-year terms in NH, you don't have as much to fret about either way.  

     
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    In response to NO MO O's comment:
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    Looked like SHE was hammered.

    Does she have any original thoughts.

    I could have answered the questions better.

    Guess she gets all her quotes from Obama.

    Good thing they didn't ask her what time it was.

     

    What sounds better:

    SENATOR LIAWATHA

    or SENATOR SPEWING BULL

    [/QUOTE]

    Nativism has little appeal except to the prejudiced few.   You live in the wrong centruy.

     
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    In response to msobstinate99's comment:
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    All I can say is 

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

     

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    perhaps you should look into a new avatar now?

     
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    While Im no Warren supporter, you have to admit those questions were a bit stupid. "I'm glad" kind of says it all. I mean what's she going to say.

     
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    What sounds better:

    SENATOR LIAWATHA

    or SENATOR SPEWING BULL

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    Nativism has little appeal except to the prejudiced few.   You live in the wrong centruy.

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    You thought she sounded even a little intelligent ?

    You're not posting this dribble from work using taxpayer computers again.. are you?

    Respectfully you live on the wrong planet.. I think Uranus is your home.

    Seriously, you think a blue blood who has an issue with the truth will really rpresent the middle class?.. or is she a an Obama tax, spend clone.

     

    The interview suggests she would benefit from a teleprompter.

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    You think your nativist garbage is remotely intelligent?

     
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    Re: Elizabeth Warren a woman of few words

    Ms. Warren has never campaigned for or served in public office before.  She's a Senator-elect, not yet sworn in.  A rookie phenom who just went through her first proving ground.

    Any comments by her at this point could undermine the Congressional Dem negotiations re: the fiscal cliff.

    Obviously, she has strong fiscal opinions (most experts on the subject do), but she will have plenty of time to make them known...especially if she lands on the banking committee, where she will shine brightly.

    According to the tee partee frauds, having fresh ideas and not being a lifelong politician was a good thing.  Clearly, they always only meant people on their side.

     
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    What is it with the wingnuts and teleprompters?

    Like it's something new with politicians?

    Geesh!

     
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    In response to TFefio's comment:
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    In response to BilltheKat's comment:
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    What is it with the wingnuts and teleprompters?

    Like it's something new with politicians?

    Geesh!

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    It's not an obsession with teleprompters. It's when they malfunction as in the case of our knucklehead president when the laughs begin. Priceless! 

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    perhaps you idiots had nothing to say about this

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    Re: Elizabeth Warren a woman of few words

    or this

     

     

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