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Sep 15 2011

Emily for Elizabeth

One of those drums that I’m going to keep on beating is that if you don’t like your political representation, it’s frequently because you wait until election day to get involved. Me? I’ve got Al Franken and Keith Ellison representing me, and I’m damned proud of it.

There is an opportunity to add to the ranks of politicians at the national level who actually represent our interests, if not our individual states. Elizabeth Warren is running for Senate in Massachusetts. The name doesn’t ring any bells? That’s because her consumer advocacy work has been blocked at every turn by Congress. I can’t think of a better introduction to her than her many Daily Show appearances included below.

If you do know who she is, you know that she is not about “politics as usual.” She is not about monied interests being in control of our politics. She is about individuals having the true freedom to make choices that comes from being on a (more) level playing field with the big guys.

You also know that she’s worth our political investment. If you’re in Massachusetts, she can probably use some volunteers. Even if you’re not, she can certainly use money. Her opponent, Tea Party candidate Scott Brown, will likely not face a serious primary challenge, and he already has well-filled coffers.

Emily’s List has already endorsed Warren:

A lawyer and professor, Warren has established a reputation as one of the top consumer advocates in the nation. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Warren became the chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel, created to oversee the Troubled Assets Relief Program. She also served as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury to oversee the development of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The idea for the CFPB was first suggested by Warren in 2007. She has authored nine books, two with her daughter Amelia. Warren was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009 and 2010 and in 2009 was named one of the Boston Globe’s Bostonian of the Year.

Now they’re collecting campaign funds for her as well. If you have some to spare, seriously consider clicking on that link. If we want a better government, now is the time to start doing something about it.

2009

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Elizabeth Warren Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Elizabeth Warren Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

2010

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Elizabeth Warren
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

2011

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Elizabeth Warren Extended Interview Pt. 1
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Elizabeth Warren Extended Interview Pt. 2
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Exclusive – Elizabeth Warren Extended Interview Pt. 3
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

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  1. 1
    Randomfactor

    Elizabeth Warren is getting some of the campaign cash I WON’T be sending to the DSCC this year. Likewise, what I might have sent to the DCCC will go to REAL Democrats seeking offices in the House.

  2. 2
    Rieux

    I’ve got Al Franken and Keith Ellison representing me, and I’m damned proud of it.

    Amy Klobuchar is well above average, as well. And she’s up this year.

  3. 3
    Stephanie Zvan

    Klobuchar is above average in this climate. I don’t know that I would have considered her so, say, twenty years ago. She’s good on social issues, but she’s prone to doing things that sound good politically but aren’t good policy. There’s been her support for RIAA-sponsored “anti-piracy” measures that are appalling, and she’s currently pushing the super committee to reduce the deficit even more than they’re planning to–and not specifically by raising revenue.

    She isn’t awful, but I’m not going to be working for her in an election where no one wants to run against her. I’d rather find people who can make a real difference.

  4. 4
    Rieux

    Klobuchar is above average in this climate. I don’t know that I would have considered her so, say, twenty years ago.

    Well, on New Year’s Day 1991 our two senators were Dave Durenberger (R) and Rudy Boschwitz (R). Though a few days later saw the swearing-in of somerandompoliticalscienceprofessorfromCarletonwhosenameescapesme. I recall an incident involving Dan Quayle and a tape recorder.

    Still, I dunno—when Amy Klobuchar is the worst federal office-holder representing your district (though perhaps that title should go to the guy who lives at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue), you’re in pretty good shape. Better than we were in 1991, for example.

  5. 5
    Stephanie Zvan

    Right. In 1991, when you could still be a pro-choice Republican without spending more on your primary than on the general election, when Republican senators still found a purpose in something other than unseating the president, before the prevalence of Clinton Democrats (what Klobuchar essentially is), she would have been pretty average in the Senate.

    I’m not trying to run her out of office. She just doesn’t excite me. So I’m not going to offer help she doesn’t need anyway. There are other, more strategic places to focus my energy for this election cycle.

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