In my latest column, “Dems' war FOR women,” I
suggested that a power-hungry politics and rightist extremism has
led Republicans into attacks on programs vital for women and against pay
equity for women. These attacks at times veer into personal campaigns
against the women themselves. Witness the many efforts against Hillary
Clinton over the years and now, in Massachusetts, witness the slander
against Elizabeth Warren by Scott Brown.
In a recent column suggesting that Warren is the great voice of workers, consumers and men and women who are the backbone of the nation I did suggest that Scott Brown was decent. It did not take long for Brown to prove me wrong about that. His dishonest and scandalous attacks against Elizabeth Warren put to shame Brown's argument that he is some sort of "bipartisan" "reasonable man.”
First Brown implied that Warren was a Harvard elitist. Presumably Brown would attack John F. Kennedy for the same reason. Now Brown suggests that Elizabeth Warren is not really qualified to teach at Harvard. Huh? Brown's using the old Karl Rove-style "dog whistle" attack, suggesting Warren just maybe got the Harvard job because of affirmative action.
What sexist garbage it is that Scott Brown is trying to sell?
Elizabeth Warren got the Harvard job because she was supremely qualified, as are most women who are attacked in this way.
Elizabeth Warren is outstanding by any and all measures at Harvard, admired by her peers and respected by her students.
What is special about Elizabeth is that given her enormous talents she could have sold out like so many others, and made her fortune with any law firm or investment bank, but did not. Instead:
She has fought for women and men who are workers and consumers, fought for economic fairness and financial integrity, fought for lower credit card rates and against banks that charge Mafia-like rates, fought for homeowners against banks that would foreclose upon them (which is why many of those banks hate Warren and support Brown).
If you like the banks, vote for Brown. If you like the consumers, vote for Warren.
Warren has fought in support of active-duty military troops, in support of America's military families, and against those who cheat and abuse our military families and vets (who desperately favor Brown).
Warren has fought for the middle class, for the poor, for the workers and military families and consumers of Massachusetts.
No, Sen. Brown, Elizabeth Warren is not some woman who got a job through affirmative action. She is partially Native American but she has achieved much in life not because of her gender or heritage as you, Sen. Brown, and your great ally, Karl Rove, would suggest, but because of her talent, ability, integrity and hard work.
Elizabeth Warren could have made tens of millions of dollars selling out to greed, as so many of Scott Brown's campaign donors have, but instead, she is one of the most courageous fighters on behalf of workers and consumers and veterans who has ever served in public life in Washington or anywhere else.
Shame on you, Scott Brown.
Thank goodness there are still good people like Elizabeth Warren who are still willing to serve in public life in a system too often dominated by charmers who use dirty politics to support those who cheat the workers and consumers and vets Elizabeth Warren has used her God-given talents fighting for throughout her career.