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also, good article on Warren in 11/20 NY Times magazine

. . .But this fall, at exactly the time our economic forecasts started souring again and Barack Obama appeared to be at his most ineffectual, Warrens entrance into the race for Ted Kennedys old seat turned her from a cult-hero crusader into something far bigger. A clip of Warren at a fund-raiser in Andover, Mass., talking about how theres nobody in this country who got rich on his own, reminded liberals that there was someone out there who could still articulate a muscular progovernment worldview. If more Democrats were able to make the case for the underlying social contract as effectively, our discourse would be vastly less mind-numbing, wrote Steve Benen in a Washington Monthly article that summed up what many liberals across the country were feeling.. .

Even though shes running for the Senate and not for the presidency, the early devotion to Warren recalls the ardor once felt by many for Obama. On its face, this is odd: Warren is not a world-class orator, she is not young or shiny or new, she doesnt fizz with the promise of American possibility that made the Obama campaign pop. Instead, shes a mild-mannered Harvard bankruptcy-law professor and a grandmother of three, a member of the older-white-lady demographic (shes 62) that was written off in 2008 as being the antimatter of hope and change. . .
Among other things, what Warren offers is a reasonable, expert face for the free-floating anger currently on display at Occupy Wall Street and elsewhere. She can get wonky about the economy when she wants to, but what sets her apart is her ability to tell a coherent, populist story about it in a way that other members of her party are either unwilling or unable to do.
But many of the people looking to Warren, as they did to Obama before her, are expecting material things like readable credit-card pitches or safe bridges or jobs or a vote on a bill to create jobs that are, at the moment, figments as imaginative as dragons and their slayers. And thats dangerous, because when the person we decided was going to fix it all isnt able to change much, its not just that we get blue but also that we give up. We mistake the errors of our own overblown estimations for broken promises. And instead of learning, reasonably, that one person cant do everything, we persuade ourselves that no person can do anything. . .Because while she might provide her supporters and her constituents a voice that, if properly tuned, will rattle doors that are now gummed shut, what Elizabeth Warren cannot do is fix this mess herself.

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