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"Senator Elizabeth Warren brought her Oklahoma drawl and signature anti-Wall Street zeal to a crowded St. Peter's Church in midtown Manhattan Thursday night, her first public appearance in the five boroughs since emerging as a national liberal darling in the aftermath of the financial crisis."

Elizabeth Warren addressing the Democratic National Convention. (photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Warren addressing the Democratic National Convention. (photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)


Elizabeth Warren Got Political in New York City Last Night

By Matt Taylor, New York Magazine

25 January 14

 

enator Elizabeth Warren brought her Oklahoma drawl and signature anti–Wall Street zeal to a crowded St. Peter's Church in midtown Manhattan Thursday night, her first public appearance in the five boroughs since emerging as a national liberal darling in the aftermath of the financial crisis.

The event was organized by a hodgepodge of the city's lefty activist groups to showcase the hunger in the progressive grassroots for politicians who aggressively take on income inequality, and specifically to put pressure on lawmakers in Albany to pass new campaign finance reforms that might restrict the influence of big money on state elections. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has alternately clashed and made nice with his "friend" Governor Andrew Cuomo over how to divvy up $613 million in spoils from a shady mortgage practices settlement with JP Morgan, introduced Warren, and though he was careful to praise Cuomo for including campaign finance in his annual budget proposal this week, one could not help but think how out of place the governor would have been had he actually been present.

"Inequality is the greatest crisis facing America today," Schneiderman said. "Inequality is the greatest crisis facing the United States of America today," he repeated. "Once you get that, everything else flows."

Cuomo, it is worth noting, did not address the nation's wealth gap in his budget push on Tuesday. And while all of the speakers, from freshly minted public advocate Letitia James to The Nation's editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, avoided taking direct jabs at the governor (who is distrusted by many progressives for a laserlike focus on cutting taxes and balancing the budget), his brand of neoliberalism served as a foil for the assembled progressive horde.

"Most Democratic politicians are afraid to even speak about economic inequality," Schneiderman said, suggesting they were terrified of "being labeled a Sandinista" (as De Blasio was tagged in a Times profile last year) "or an eyeliner-wearer" (Cuomo has apparently been asking people if Schneiderman wears the stuff).

The speakers were decidedly more psyched about Gotham's new mayor, Bill de Blasio.

"The mayor is saying we're going to have universal preschool, here, in New York. Yes!" Warren exclaimed, pumping her fist skyward as she stood at the lectern.

If the goal was to use Warren's star power to get local activists fired up about campaign finance reform, the event was a success. The senator was strictly business, however; as soon as she finished speaking, Warren ducked out the back of the room, shook a few hands, and made her way out to the street, intent on getting this initial foray into New York's hard-nosed political scene on the books safely.

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+57 # hoodwinkednomore 2014-01-26 00:57
Listening to Elizabeth Warren is like inhaling a breath of the cleanest mountain air possible. Refreshing and life-affirming. No two ways about what she's got to say. Ever!
 
 
+31 # antineocon 2014-01-26 02:49
Quoting hoodwinkednomore:
Listening to Elizabeth Warren is like inhaling a breath of the cleanest mountain air possible. Refreshing and life-affirming. No two ways about what she's got to say. Ever!

Would be great if she runs for president instead of the Pseudo liberal hillary
 
 
+2 # Texas Aggie 2014-01-26 12:07
It would be great if someone who had the same attitudes as Dr. Warren, but the foreign policy chops of Hillary and experience in all the other requisite areas as well were running against Hillary. I do NOT want to see someone with Dr. Warren's expertise in Wall St. sidetracked with other stuff. We need her to focus on Wall St. Let someone else with expertise in other areas focus on them.
 
 
+11 # jwb110 2014-01-26 12:32
Quoting Texas Aggie:
It would be great if someone who had the same attitudes as Dr. Warren, but the foreign policy chops of Hillary and experience in all the other requisite areas as well were running against Hillary. I do NOT want to see someone with Dr. Warren's expertise in Wall St. sidetracked with other stuff. We need her to focus on Wall St. Let someone else with expertise in other areas focus on them.


Warren is much more effective in the Congress. I am not so sure she is doing the events for reasons other than raising the awareness of the Nation or lighting a fire under the butts of complacent voters. Either way she is keeping the debate alive and in front of the public. She is a Godess in my book.
 
 
-6 # Charles3000 2014-01-26 06:33
What about Hillary in the top spot and Elizabeth in 2nd aiming for the top in 2018? Think that might get some votes? Things move slow; we just need to make sure they are moving in the right direction. It took decades to get us here starting with that Hollywood "B" actor. But a lot of effort and energy has been expended moving us over the decades to where we are. Now time is needed to turn it around.
 
 
+8 # Billy Bob 2014-01-26 08:56
Corporate Shillary certainly WOULD be another step in the "right" direction - not the correct direction, but the right-WING direction.

It's not enough that the candidate has a "D" next to their name. They must also represent Democratic VOTERS. Corporate Shillary doesn't.
 
 
0 # The Buffalo Guy 2014-01-26 12:59
If you stop and think about it this is a great one-two punch for the 99%. The red thumbs are from the non-thinking and the impatient on this site. I wonder if 20 straight years is enough and it won't be if the senate and house is full of Koch people.
 
 
+1 # Eliza D 2014-01-30 09:13
With Fukushima and Keystone threatening to end life on our planet and the banks turning the middle class into wage slaves, we don't have a minute to waste on a corrupt coward like Hilary. We need politicians who are willing to make the hard decisions NOW to stop polluting the planet, investing in clean energy and putting the thieving banksters in jail. There are only a handful of people on the national stage who are poised to change things now, and Warren is one of them,while Hilary has proven herself to be nothing more than a political operative.
 
 
+5 # tedrey 2014-01-26 09:51
One can't really find any actual content behind all the weasel words and snarky innuendo in this article, but at least nothing the New York Magazine can dredge up can stick to Elizabeth Warren.
 
 
+5 # oprichniki 2014-01-26 18:59
RUN, Elizabeth, RUN. Choose Ed Snowden as your Veep.
 

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