Thursday, January 3, 2013

Elizabeth Warren Sworn in as Massachusetts First Female Senator

Today was a great day to be a liberal from Massachusetts!  Elizabeth Warren reclaimed the Liberal Lion's seat from placeholder Scott Brown on November 6 with an eight point cushion and we couldn't be happier.  At the Democratic National Convention, Ms. Warren accurately stated, "Wall Street C.E.O.’s — the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs — still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors and acting like we should thank them."  The new Senator from Massachusetts will get a seat on the Senate Banking Committee, much to the chagrin of Wall Street.  It must also be noted that that man she handily defeated was Wall Street's favorite son in his two year stint as Ted Kennedy's replacement.  Don't get me wrong, I think Brown is going to be the equivalent of having gum on your shoe, never going away.  There's not a doubt in my mind that he will run for future Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry's Senate seat and again, it will be a two year gig.  Here's the difference, this time national Democrats are paying attention.  So far, only Rep. Ed Markey has thrown his name into the ring, but the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) says they are ready to strongly defend this seat...a lesson learned from the inept campaign AG Martha Coakley ran against Brown in 2009.  And Brown has already started with the negative shots at Markey, so I'll take that as a sign he's running again.  On election night, once Warren had been declared the winner, my first thought was, "I wonder if the Republicans who were so opposed to her being appointed to lead the agency she started, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, were regretting their short-sighted decision."  At the end of the day, we have elected a warrior for the middle class and I couldn't be prouder of our state sending an unabashed liberal to Washington to fight the good fight for the people.

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