Letter: Election matters
Scott Brown is not an unreasonable candidate. He does seem to try to be bipartisan now and then, though his views and in particular his votes definitely are at the conservative end of the spectrum. His pickup truck shtick, however, is very hokey.
Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, is a superb candidate. Her work on behalf of consumers has been outstanding, though I wonder if her talents might be wasted in the Senate (think of Hillary Clinton).
But the overpowering reason to vote for Warren is not the merits of the candidates as individuals; it’s the critical role of this election in determining control of the U.S. Senate. The Senate is closely divided and every election counts. If the Republicans regain control, it will empower Mitch McConnell and hamstring Barack Obama, in the likely event that Obama is re-elected. Mitch McConnell, remember, is the one who said in 2009 that his main goal in the next four years was to make Obama a one-term president, and he’s held the nation hostage to that goal.
If you’re voting for Obama, it’s vital that you also vote for Warren. Party affiliation does matter in this case.
I also want to mention that just today I received an anti-Warren mailing whose sender was inconspicuously revealed to be Grover Norquist’s outfit, Americans for Tax Reform, whose agenda is to oppose all tax increases no matter how well justified.
Grover Norquist, if you remember, was Jack Abramoff’s buddy and Abramoff was a key player in a conspiracy involving Indian reservation gambling interests.
In 2006, Abramoff pled guilty to three felony counts — conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion. Americans for Tax Reform was one of his conduits.