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uncommonsenseblog writes that he thinks Scott Brown is polling neck and neck with Elizabeth Warren …

… mainly due to her being a terrible candidate (I always say she’s like Coakley minus the charisma, credentials, and credibility) overall, her off putting personality (as demonstrated in her shrill and angry delivery of her anti-capitalist remarks in this video), and the controversy over her ancestry …

It seems you’ve outlined three reasons for opposition to Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy.

  1. You think she doesn’t have charisma, credentials, or credibility
  2. Her voice is “shrill”
  3. Her ancestry is “controversial”

I’m a bit concerned about each of these. First, if a one of Harvard’s better-known law professors, the chairman of the TARP oversight panel, one of the more influential women in the world, and the Special Assistant to the President on the CFPB doesn’t have “credentials or credibility,” it’s not clear who would.

Second, “shrill”? So … Warren’s voice really isn’t high-pitched and whistle-like. So I assume you mean “shrill” in the way that the word is traditionally used to attack female politicians. As in “characteristic of those noises women make when I’m trying to ignore them.” Not cool.

Third, “controversial ancestry.” The concern is that Elizabeth Warren has been listed, in some cases, as having Cherokee ancestry. Upon investigation, it appears she would need to go back about five generations—and things get pretty murky there. To a lot of conservatives, this seems to suggest that Warren was a “diversity hire.” Or, to put it slightly differently, “not a white man and therefore presumptively unqualified, despite the mountain of obvious qualifications.” Not cool.1

Of course, that’s only half the concern with the “ancestry.” The other half is that it gives guys like Austin talk about “Fauxcahontas” because to them any mention of Native American people invokes a Disney Princess and is really just a laugh line. This too is not cool.

So what else have you got? I’d love to debate Warren and Brown’s relative qualifications. But could you start out with something reasonably relevant and not rooted in sexist or racist stereotypes? Bring it.

  1. If your genuinely concerned that Harvard might be padding its diversity statistics to make itself look more diverse than it actually is, that’s an issue worth discussing. But the people harping on this story aren’t really concerned about whether Harvard is gaming its diversity numbers. 

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Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the current battle over insurance plans that cover contraception.

“Lets just start with what the statute says,” Warren said. “The statute says that in effect any employer or any insurance company can decide that it has a personal moral objection to providing any kind of health care coverage for anyone and therefore they’re not going to do it. So, if your employer says, ‘You know, I don’t like that vaccine thing, I’m going to have an insurance policy that doesn’t cover it for your children’… that’s just too bad you’re out there on your own now.”

She added that the bill allows employers and insurance companies to “design” the health insurance system.

“This is just a cold political calculation,” Warren continued. That they can appeal to the employers and insurance companies, who might not want to spend money, and at the same time try to stir up some kind of misinformation among people of good faith by calling this an attack on religion. I think this is why people really hate politics.”

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A MESSAGE FROM U.S. SENATOR AL FRANKEN ABOUT ELIZABETH WARREN

When a passionate, principled, progressive reformer like Elizabeth Warren decides to run for the U.S. Senate, the first thing to do is to get really, really excited.

We’ve all seen what Elizabeth can do with her smarts — and her guts. I’ve been impressed with her tenacity for years. She took on Wall Street before anyone else would and pushed consumer protection to the top of the financial reform agenda.

We know she’s tough and fiery and even funny. We know she’s got a great life story and a full career of achievements fighting for middle-class families. That’s why progressives like you and me have been fans for a long time, and why we hoped she’d be able to lead the consumer protection board she created. And now, when we imagine her voice in the Senate, well, it’s even more exciting.

I’m proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren. But don’t just take my word for it.

Click here to watch a video from Elizabeth, explaining why she’s running for U.S. Senate — and then join her campaign today.

After we’re done getting excited, there’s real work to do here. Just like me, Elizabeth hasn’t spent her life running for office, so she’s starting her grassroots organization from scratch. Just like me, she’s made a habit of annoying the far right and the big corporate interests — and take it from me, they play rough when they don’t like you.

And just like me, Elizabeth can only win if progressives like you are ready to fight alongside her.

So don’t just get excited about Elizabeth’s campaign — get active, and help her win it by clicking here to watch her video and join her team.

Remember that just as excited as we are about having Elizabeth in the Senate, that’s how panicked the special interests are about the idea. They are going to spend millions trying to stop her — that was the headline in Politico. “Wall Street Readies Assault on Elizabeth Warren.”

We’ve seen far too many great Democrats get buried under attack ads, but we also know that big grassroots support can beat big money. That’s how we won in Minnesota — and that’s how Elizabeth can win in Massachusetts.

So please click here to watch Elizabeth’s video and join her grassroots campaign today!

Just like you, I’ll be watching this race with great excitement. And I hope that just like me, you’re ready to do everything you can to help Elizabeth win.

Click here to sign up — and tell ‘em Al sent you.

Thanks,

Al