Elizabeth Warren spoke on MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes for only two minutes. But in that two minutes, she gave the narrative and she articulated the the message that every Democrat running for office must transform into muscle memory — if they want to win.
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Is there an “Elizabeth Warren wing” of the Democratic Party.
Elizabeth Warren was on the show to talk about her new bill, the Equal Employment for All Act, that would keep employers from discriminating against job seekers with poor credit ratings. Warren made the case that when we allow employers to check credit ratings, it disproportionately affects poor and middle class people. Many of these potential employees suffer damaged credit because they’ve been unemployed for a long time or have had to settle for low wage jobs.
Chris Hayes could not have Elizabeth Warren on his show and without honing in on her propensity for populism. He asked her if there is an “Elizabeth Warren wing” of her party, and if she’s the leader of the more liberal wing. She humbly dismisses the personalization of the Liberal wing of the Democratic Party. “This isn’t about me,” she said. “This is about the issues about what’s happening to America’s families.”
“Parts of it are beginning to break apart.”
— Elizabeth Warren on the middle class.
Elizabeth Warren went on to say that America’s hardworking families have been “hammered on” for a whole generation ( such are the results of 30 years of supply-side economics). She then listed the specific issues they are dealing with. These include declining wages and rising core expenses for things like housing, healthcare, daycare, and college tuition. Warren then explains how the middle class family has coped with these trends so far. First, all working age members of the household began to work. When that was not enough, they got into debt. And for that debt, they were exploited by a predatory credit industry that made huge profits on their backs. She said that “no longer can a parent tell their kids they would be better off” than they were.
Chris Hayes detailed a sad truth. The middle class decline occurred under both the Democratic and Republican rule. This can be blamed on a Democratic party that, for all practical purposes, kept supply -side economics in effect. Hayes asked if Warren’s party had done enough. Elizabeth Warren showed her political bona fides. She did not address the Democrats’ past failures on middle class issues. Instead, she said her party must be forward-looking and must fight for the middle class.
Elizabeth Warren knows it is all about the fight.
The fight that Senator Elizabeth Warren is begging for is what Americans are yearning for. A few weeks ago I wrote the following.
Progressive politicians must not cower to the onslaught. Instead, they must go on the offensive. Progressive politicians are the ones solving and attempting to solve what ails the poor and working middle class. Republicans do not have any answers or solutions that they can point to over the last several decades that helped the poor or working middle class.
Americans however must see unwavering strength and conviction by progressives supporting progressive policies. Americans must be made to believe it’s not temporary. Americans must look at progressives and feel in their souls that they have someone that will fight for them. They must know that progressives will not cower or bend at the first sign of resistance. (e.g., a poorly functioning healthcare.gov should not have sent progressives into a panic. Instead they should have put their heads together to modify strategies.)
Within Elizabeth Warren resides the fight Americans are yearning for. It is the fight every progressive politician must stand for. It is really the path to victory that will ultimately save the poor and the working middle class.