Warren Shows Liberals How It's Done

A clear message is more effective than 'Occupying' Wall Street
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2011 12:41 PM CDT
Elizabeth Warren is seen in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The Tea Party may get all the press, but progressives are pretty angry, too, these days—and frustrated that President Obama doesn’t ever seem to share their anger. Thankfully “they now have senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren,” writes Joanna Weiss in the Boston Globe. In the much-ballyhooed rant that went viral last week, “Warren injects just the right amount of conversationalism and sarcasm.” Afterward, one liberal site gushed, “THAT is how it is done. THAT is how you fight back hard.”

How you don’t do it is by trying to turn Wall Street into Tahrir Square. The “#OccupyWallStreet” movement hasn’t gotten the attention it’s looking for, in part because “it’s hard to take a protest fully seriously when it looks more like a circus,” and in part because too many people have jobs to show up. “This is the problem with confusing high emotion with effectiveness,” Weiss writes. Warren “has amplified her argument, without the need to shriek or climb a flagpole for effect.” (Read more Occupy Wall Street stories.)

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