“The Rich Boy” and the Debate — F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful… They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are…” – “The Rich Boy” (1926) F. Scott Fitzgerald Not all rich politicians fail the “Is He One of Us?” test. Nelson Rockefeller, John Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt all convinced us that they had our interests at heart. But in the end, they had to become traitors to their class to prove it. Mitt Romney is not made this way. He is a Republican. He thinks … Continue reading

Rove-Funded Attacks Have Begun, Senate Dems Say; Warren Hit For Her OWS Support

Crossroads GPS, the shadowy conservative organization which former Bush White House aide Karl Rove helped found, has launched $1.8 million in advertising attacking five Democratic Senate candidates, including Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, according to the arm of the Democratic Party tasked with electing Democrats to the Senate. The attacks come a full year ahead of the 2012 elections, in which Democrats will be defending their small Senate majority against a Republican onslaught. Crossroads GPS, which spent heavily on attack ads in the 2010 midterm elections which helped defeat Democrats nationwide, is buying advertising against Democrats in Virginia, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, in addition to Warren. “Why Warren? Because she is a true fighter against corporate power and is a serious threat … Continue reading

Star Power: Warren Picks Up Franken Endorsement In Mass. Senate Race

Elizabeth Warren picked up a key endorsement, and potentially a significant new fundraising source, in her campaign to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). Warren, who is quickly solidifying her position as the frontrunner for the 2012 Democratic Massachusetts Senate nomination, won public support Tuesday from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the former late-night TV comedian and progressive talk radio host. A former top adviser to the Obama administration, Warren entered a crowded field vying for the chance to take on Brown, the first Republican in a generation elected to the Senate from the Bay State. She has seen her standing soar in recent weeks, in large measure due to a popular online video in which she pushed back against conservative … Continue reading