One GOP mailing received this week: “Elizabeth Warren says she’ll fight Wall Street banks. So why does she support the Wall Street bailout?” Another anti Elizabeth Warren mailing received this week: “No other candidate in 2012 represents a greater threat to free enterprise than Professor Warren.”
Seriously Republican smear machine, you have to pick only one of these lies and distortions. You cannot claim at the same time that she’s for Wall Street and she’s a threat to free enterprise.
Can someone in the mainstream press be kind enough to point out the obvious problem here in attacking Warren for being both pro Wall Street and anti free enterprise?
It’s sort of like the hard right trying to attack Obama because he’s too close to Trinity United Church of Christ Pastor Jeremiah Wright, and then conducting the whisper campaign that he’s a secret Muslim. You can only use one of these smears.
Of course, both claims against Elizabeth Warren are a lie. Scott Brown isn’t the number-one recipient of financial firm donations because Elizabeth Warren is for Wall Street. And to say she’s a threat to free enterprise is ludicrous, unless you believe “free enterprise” is a synonym for “total deregulation that allows predatory firms to bring our financial system to the brink of collapse.” What she is for is a properly regulated capitalist system that works for everyone, not just the powerful few — which is why she was endorsed by Republican former FDIC chair Sheila Bair.
No, Scott Brown’s supporters are just frantically slinging mud in hopes that something, anything will stick. And while it’s never OK to allow lies to go unchallenged, that’s especially so when the lies actually cancel each other out.