As a side note let me say that The Boston Globe endorsed Warren.
She was always a mildly underwhelming candidate, clutching her
talking points like they were a satchel of gold — millionaires and
billionaires, a level playing field, big oil. As deft as she was at
slogans, she was never so good at answering questions, which was odd for
a person of such experience and substance.
Her acceptance on Tuesday night continued that odd tradition — her
stump speech warmed over with a midway nod toward her vanquished
opponent, Scott Brown. It was hard to fathom that she couldn’t offer a
few meaningful words on what it means to capture the honor of
representing Massachusetts in the US Senate.
But none of this could have prepared anyone for the scene that
unfolded Thursday afternoon in the governor’s suite of the State House.
Warren met with Deval Patrick in his private office, and then the pair
came into an adjacent conference room, where a battery of cameras and
reporters were waiting.
Now consider for a moment what these introductory news conferences
are intended to be. Easy — that’s what they’re supposed to be. It should
be, and probably will be, the easiest news conference of a
newly-elected official’s life, the anxiety of the election behind, the
glow of victory all around, the glory of service ahead.
It was Warren’s chance to rest her elbows on the podium, tell the
gathered crowd that she’s never felt this exhausted in her life, and
then share a bit of her exhilaration over the prospect of standing up
for the working class in the most important deliberative body in the
world, talking points aside.
So did she do this, any of it? Let’s go to the tape.
“I’m glad,” she said curtly to a question about the high turnout of women voters that undoubtedly propelled her to victory.
“I’m delighted,” she said abruptly when asked her feelings on the number of women voted to high office this week.
“Of course,” she said shortly, when asked if she would seek diversity on her staff.
To the important question of what committee assignments she’d like,
she replied, “I will continue to talk to the leader about it.”
After less than 12 minutes of these comically clipped answers, a
gubernatorial aide called, “Last question,” prompting Warren to flee the
room as if the podium was on fire. She made Scott Brown look like
It only hurt, not helped, to learn that Warren later told a few
reporters by way of explanation, “All I can say is I was a lot more
discreet as a candidate than I was in real life.” She turned to an aide
as she said this and asked, “Can I say that? Maybe it’s indiscreet to
talk about discretion.”
Here’s what Elizabeth Warren needs to understand — immediately. Tens
of thousands of good, honest, hard-working people sent her tens of
millions of dollars to run what amounted to the most expensive and
elaborate political campaign that this state has ever seen. (Continues)