I’m sorry, was this not already known?
Background: Mike Bloomberg came out with a surprise endorsement of Republican Senator Scott Brown, supposedly due to Brown’s opposition to cross-state recognition of other states’ Concealed Carry Weapons permits. Which is an issue that… I have not really considered before now, actually. Personally, a Bloomberg endorsement is not something to look for, so if you’re more suspicious of Brown accordingly then I’m not about to criticize you for it. More to the point, there’s an excellent chance that this endorsement was hastily made in order to explain away a fundraiser that Bloomberg was planning for Brown next month – which I assume would have some resonance in Massachusetts.
Essentially, it left Brown wide open for Elizabeth Warren to land a right hook on the issue of gun control.
But Warren didn’t even put her gloves on.
When asked about the Bloomberg endorsement, instead of blasting it as a piece of political theater to cover the leaked fundraiser plans, Warren touted her endorsement from the Massachusetts Credit Union League.
Yup! And there’s a reason for that. Lizzie Warren’s not a politician – and that’s not a compliment, in this context. The woman visibly dislikes campaigning, doesn’t know how to connect with regular voters… and is facing a guy who has enjoys doing both. You may not like Scott Brown, and I won’t criticize you for that, either; but the man has genuine political instincts and is facing somebody who doesn’t actually have any. What Lizzie Warren does have is a willingness to say things that liberal/progressive activists want to hear. This quality won her the nomination; it will be of somewhat less utility in the general election.
The entertaining thing about this is, of course, that you can’t teach killer instinct. You either have it, or you don’t. Warren doesn’t have it; and I don’t really expect her to win the Senate election, either.