The assumption for the MA Senate race is that the Big Money Boyz will lard up Scott Brown with oodles of cash, allowing him to run a scorched earth campaign that decimates Elizabeth Warren. But Warren has consistently raised a lot more money than Brown, most of it from small donors, since she entered the race.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday January 11, 2012 8:00 pm|
|By: David Dayen Friday December 2, 2011 4:45 pm|
If Elizabeth Warren were no threat to the established order, they wouldn’t get around to any effort to stop her ascension in the Massachusetts Senate race until much later in the cycle, if at all. But her surge over Scott Brown, and the possibility that she would have an even bigger perch from which to articulate her agenda for the middle class, clearly has Wall Street spooked. So much so that they’re already marshaling forces against her, with a year until the general election.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 1, 2011 12:25 pm|
Elizabeth Warren’s success and the enthusiasm around her campaign has knocked every potential challenger in the Democratic primary out of the race. She has the ability to stay competitive with the Wall Street-backed Brown in fundraising, and the attacks put forward by the likes of Karl Rove have been laughable. Warren is still a neophyte candidate and a lot can go wrong; she probably needs to improve among independents, and you could see some gaffes and distortions of her record coming into play. But at the moment, she is well-positioned to enter the Senate.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 23, 2011 1:30 pm|
Elizabeth Warren has had a good launch to her Massachusetts Senate campaign. She generated a lot of energy in the state with her announcement tour and a viral video (below the fold) on class warfare admired by liberals throughout the country. That was quickly followed by fabulous early polling, showing her slightly ahead of Scott [...]
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 14, 2011 9:30 am|
I see this as an opportunity to test a legitimate anti-bank populist message against a real opponent. Massachusetts may be a blue state, but Scott Brown has a 54% approval rating and will have scads of money to tout his record and distort his opponent’s. He’s already doing some of that, playing the role of faux-populist with New England Cable Network, pretending that he “worked very hard to make sure that banks didn’t act like casinos with our money.” The history is clear. He single-handedly watered down the Volcker rule to almost nothing, mainly to protect Mass Mutual and other state banks. He has been the recipient of hundreds of thousands of dollars of big bank largesse. This anti-bank claim he’s trying to make is untenable. And Warren knows it.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 13, 2011 3:15 pm|
Elizabeth Warren, the former Obama Administration official and Harvard law professor who created, fought to pass, and stood up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will formally announce her campaign for US Senate in Massachusetts tomorrow morning. Warren joins the field challenging Scott Brown, the Republican who succeeded Ted Kennedy after an upset win in January 2010.
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 18, 2011 3:15 pm|
This is really happening. Elizabeth Warren has a website up paid for by her exploratory committee for the US Senate in Massachusetts. The Harvard Law professor and former Administration official, who set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is taking emails from people to sign up for updates, soliciting donations and asking people to spread the word.
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 11, 2011 3:35 pm|
Elizabeth Warren, back in Massachusetts after a stint in Washington getting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau up and running, posted a diary at the state progressive blog Blue Mass Group today that comes close to saying, without expressing specifically, that she’s about to enter the Senate race against Scott Brown.
|By: David Dayen Sunday July 17, 2011 10:30 am|
Cordray had a short but impressive run as Ohio Attorney General, taking over for Marc Dann, who resigned after a sexual harassment scandal. Cordray was the very first Attorney General to sue a mortgage servicer over foreclosure fraud and robo-signing, in October 2010. I spoke with Cordray about that lawsuit against GMAC at that time. Unfortunately, he lost his re-election to former Sen. Mike DeWine in 2010, but Warren brought him into CFPB as head of enforcement.
|By: David Dayen Saturday July 16, 2011 9:45 am|
A separate article in the Wall Street Journal said the short list was narrowed to Raj Date, Richard Cordray and Jennifer Granholm. But Granholm already turned down the job, saying Warren deserved it, and she doesn’t work at CFPB. So it’s probably down to Cordray and Date, and in all honesty, I’m fairly sure Date will be nominated. The fact that nobody would leapfrog Warren and take the job was working to constrain the Administration’s options for a time, but once Date expressed willingness, Warren couldn’t very well say no to someone she hired.