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Mon May 27, 2013, 10:50 AM

 

Warren uses liberal clout selectively in new role

WASHINGTON — The fervor has hardly abated around Massachusetts’ celebrity senator, Elizabeth Warren, a fact made crystal clear one recent afternoon when a man stormed her after she delivered a fiery speech on Social Security benefits and breathlessly exclaimed, “I can’t believe I’m with you.”

But Warren’s own view of her role on Capitol Hill, and her strategy for winning influence, is much tamer and more incremental than her fans, or her enemies, might suspect.

She is certainly fanning her celebrity in the liberal activist community to further her agenda. But nearly five months into her tenure, she is using her voice for pinpoint strikes, rather than declarations of war —“looking for the place that I might be able to move the needle, even a little,” she said in an interview.

It’s a calibrated strategy that involves keeping quiet on many issues while using clout within her core sphere of admirers for bursts of attention on select causes. Warren, still a rookie with little official power in the tradition-bound Senate, has avoided using her megaphone on many of the hot topics in Washington —immigration, the IRS scandal, the war on terror — instead focusing on financial regulation, middle-class debt burden, and home-state issues such as the fishing industry.

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Response to East Coast Pirate (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2013, 10:52 AM

1. Her "select causes" are, in my humble opinion, the root of most of our problems.

 

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Mon May 27, 2013, 11:33 AM

2. and this quote

is why we all value her so much. It proves she is real.

“Those are the days that I walk with a real swing in my step,” she said, jabbing her fists. “Those are the days I do the “mom dance’ out in the waiting area.”

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Mon May 27, 2013, 11:44 AM

3. Odd that...

The 3 examples of things "immigration, the IRS scandal, the war on terror" the Globe thinks are the hot topics are actually R distractions.

Why are they surprised that Senator Warren would focus on the issues that matter to the majority of the people?

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