Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren told The Daily Beast in an interview published yesterday that she supports the Occupy movement: “‘I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do,’ she says. ‘I support what they do.'”
Scott Brown’s Republican Party, which has already positioned their candidate as a Red State champion, attacked immediately. Glenn Johnson in the Globe:
“Warren’s decision to not only embrace, but take credit for this movement is notable considering the Boston Police Department was recently forced to arrest at least 141 of her Occupy acolytes in Boston the other day after they threatened to tie up traffic downtown and refused to abide by their protest permit limits,” NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh wrote.
Brown’s campaign, led by self-confessed Internet dirty campaigner Eric Fehrnstom, has apparently endorsed these slash and burn tactics. It recently purchased the QueenElizabethWarren.com attack site.
The problem with positioning Brown as a Red State radical is that a majority of Americans support the Occupy movement: 54 percent according to Time, including 56 percent of non-college-educated whites, according to the National Journal. In New York, which has voted with Massachusetts in the last several national elections, 87 percent of the population is fine with the Occupy protesters, and 81 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of Republicans and Independents agree with their general complaints, according to a survey on 17 October.
Greg Sargent of the WaPo’s Plum Line sums up the politics:
“[N]ational Republicans are placing their bet. They are wagering that the cultural instincts of the working class whites and independents who will decide this race ensure that the excesses of the protesters will make them less inclined to listen to her populisteconomic message, which is also directed at those voters. This is an old story in American politics, of course. Conservatives have for decades been mining the tension between blue collar whites and liberal middle class activists who resort to outsized protest tactics and occasional violence.
Has Scott Brown become a candidate for an Oklahoma Senate seat, accidentally running in Massachusetts? What a story that woud be.