Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Scott Brown, Karl Rove, and the rest of the Republican Party is coughing in Elizabeth Warren’s dust tonight. Ryan Grim in HuffPo hits the key notes:
“The Republican vision is clear: ‘I’ve got mine, the rest of you are on your own,’” Warren told a cheering convention crowd here. “Republicans say they don’t believe in government. Sure they do. They believe in government to help themselves and their powerful friends. After all, Mitt Romney’s the guy who said corporations are people.
“No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters. That matters because we don’t run this country for corporations. We run it for people,” she said.
Warren walked on stage to a thunderous greeting and chants of “Warren! Warren!” — underscoring the passion the Democratic base has for her Senate candidacy. She delivered the first half of her speech more like a lecture than a barnburner.
“People feel like the system is rigged against them,” Warren said. “And here’s the painful part: they’re right. The system is rigged. Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in subsidies. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Wall Street CEOs — the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs — still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them.
“Anyone here have a problem with that?”
What we need for Massachusetts is competence, vision for our common wealth, and the honesty to speak for one’s true principles. Warren delivers that. Scott Brown has all the smooth talk of the second-generation professional politician he is, but in fact he hasn’t been able to accomplish much of anything for Massachusetts.