QotD, Hell Hath No Fury Like A Democrat Encountering A Minority Conservative edition.

The Boston Herald’s Jennifer Braceras, being commendably forthright about what’s about to be directed at MA-SEN candidate Gabriel Gomez:

[Gabriel Gomez is] new to politics, so I’ll be blunt. Democrats may dislike Republicans, but they despise Republican minorities.

…Yup.  And Democrats – more accurately, white, male, Anglo, liberal Democrats – get remarkably little internal pushback from that.  Or perhaps it’s not so remarkable; that word sort of implies that this is somehow a new thing.  Ach, well, professional progressives.  As the philosopher once said: can’t live with them, pass the beer nuts.

(H/T: Instapundit)

Liz Warren: pig-ignorant about her own salary?

Liz may end up being a better chew toy for us than even Alan Grayson was.

You know, I’m starting to understand why Liz Warren has all these weird opinions on how value is actually created: she’s just a creature of her environment. This one is a little involved, so bear with me.

  • Thursday, Politico put out a story on the sacrificial lamb candidate for MA-SEN’s upcoming Democratic primary that noted that Warren’s rhetoric about government transparency didn’t extend to her own tenure as chair for the TARP-overseeing (Congressional Oversight Panel).  Turns out that “Warren opposed GOP efforts to draft a budget for the bipartisan oversight panel, despite telling The Associated Press in 2008 that she wouldn’t buy a winter coat without a spending plan.”
  • A total of 10.5 million was spent by COP over two years (8.3 million under Warren’s oversight), and we don’t actually have a line-by-line breakdown of what that money was spent on.  But we know that 8.7 million went to salaries.
  • Warren’s pay during that time period?  According to her campaign staff’s original disclosure? $64,289 for 2009 and 2010.  (pause) Why, that’s quite modest, for Washington DC…
  • Oh, wait, never mind: the Warren campaign confessed Friday that she “had been paid $192,722 for serving as chairman of a congressional committee that monitored the 2008 federal bank bailout, three times as much as had originally been acknowledged.”  Yeah, that’s more in line with the bloated Dizzy City salary guidelines that we all know and loathe with the collective fury of a billion exploding suns.
  • Are you wondering whether Politico made the goof?  Nope!  The Warren campaign admitted that they gave out the wrong information. “‘In a rush to meet your deadline, we made an honest mistake,'” [Warren campaign flack Kyle] Sullivan said. “‘And we misread a document and thought $64,289 was for 2009 and 2010. It was only for 2010.'”
  • At this point, you’re probably asking “Couldn’t Politico look all of this up on Warren’s financial disclosure forms? She’s running for Senate.”  Yeah… except that Politico claimed that this N-dimensional genius from beyond space and time didn’t actually make the deadline to file one of those things as per federal law.
  • Let me end with the note that this level of pay does not even begin to approach what she was making as a Harvard law professor.

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Elizabeth Warren will raise taxes on the poor. #p2

OK, true, that’s just one way of looking at this fascinating exercise in clueless class warfare. 

To set the scene: below is an annotated excerpt from the ‘independent’ video that is currently causing shortness of breath (and soon probably lightness of wallet) among the contingent of the Online Left who really and truly believe that their professional politician class is avoiding full-throated, Huey Long-style, Left-populist rants for no good reason.  Well, Elizabeth Warren, new-minted sacrificial lamb Democratic candidate for MA-SEN, is there to give ’em what they want!

What do they want?  To tax the poor!
When do they want it?  Right now… wait, what?

Yeah, there’s the problem there.  This interpretation (which I first saw from Lee Stranahan) of what Warren was trying to say takes into account rhe minor detail that making our current tax system more ‘fair’ will first require us to go out and tell the 45% of American households not paying income tax that they need to start paying income tax.  Elizabeth Warren’s too afraid to do that, of course – heck, she wouldn’t even show the elementary courage needed to support Obama’s dead-on-arrival jobs bill – so I did her a favor by putting up the video.  Because, really, it’s very responsible of her to take the position that taxes need to be raised – gathered – on people making less than fifty grand a year.  Pure political suicide, but responsible. Continue reading Elizabeth Warren will raise taxes on the poor. #p2

#rsrh MA-SEN: The Two Warren Whos.

Howie Carr of the Boston Herald had entirely too much fun with this piece discussing two Democratic potential sacrificial lambs candidates for Senate potential sacrificial lambs next year.  They are who I have dubbed the ‘Warren Whos:’ the battered, never-got-to-be-Consumer-Finance-Protection-Board Chair Elizabeth Warren and Newton, MA Mayor Setti Warren*. They are, of course, hoping to somehow unseat current Republican Scott Brown… and let’s just get this out of the way: yes, he’s not nearly conservative enough a Republican for… well, pretty much almost any state besides Massachusetts, these days.  But Scott Brown is in Massachusetts, and he does have the elementary good sense to not require conservatives to officially remember that he’s there.  I sincerely doubt that he’ll have an expensive primary, and Scott Brown will reportedly have a fat war chest for the general.  I suppose that what I’m saying is, don’t expect the GOP to shiv this guy in the back if we don’t absolutely have to… and ‘GOP internecine warfare’ is probably one of the hidden assumptions in any Democratic plan to retake this MA-SEN seat.

Anyway, a taste of what I mean by ‘fun,’ from Howie:

Elizabeth Warren or Setti Warren (no relation)? A Harvard law school professor and Obama appointee or a guy whose first name is Setti, which means a pablum-puking limousine liberal can’t pretend he mistakenly voted against Setti because he thought he was just another white male, which no self-respecting moonbat would do, unless of course he’s gay.

Howie goes on to note that Mayor Warren’s ‘qualifications’ – local guy, BC graduate, life-long MA native, Iraq War veteran – will have absolutely zero traction with MA progressives, who by all accounts much prefer the (largely self-) martyred Harvard Law professor with no electoral experience… and, apparently, not enough governmental experience to successfully navigate through the nomination process.  Which is frankly fine by me: while I cannot hope to expect that the Democrats can actually go out and find a candidate as catastrophically unsuited for campaigning as Martha Coakley was, Elizabeth Warren will make for an acceptable substitute.  Particularly since there’s every chance that progressives will throw money at this race with wild abandon…

Moe Lane

*Happens to be black.