Last Night's Debate: Elizabeth Warren, Capitalist

Elizabeth Warren pretty much killed it in last night’s Massachusetts Democratic Senator primary debates. (The Boston Herald rather gushingly agrees!) What’s fascinating about Warren is that mostly she speaks from that odd place of 100% overlap between Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party. (Where she deviates from either side is on things like legalizing marijuana (she’s quite against, actually!) and immigration (she believes in “retaining talent” in America, no matter where it was born.)) Consider her closing statement.

So, I’ve been talking a lot tonight about fighting for America’s middle class. I grew up on the ragged edge of the middle class, a family that scraped by, until my father had a heart attack, the medical bills piled up, and we lost our car, my mother went to work at Sears so that we could hold on to our house. Like a lot of people in this audience, I worked hard for everything I got. But I grew up in an America that was full of opportunity. We have lost our way. We now live in a world where America’s middle class is getting hammered, and Washington doesn’t get it. Washington is ran for the big guns, the ones who can afford lobbyists and lawyers. That’s not right. We have a choice. We can either choose to give more tax subsidies to those who have already made it big, or we can take that money and invest in opportunities for the next kids who are going to make it big. That’s our choice right here in Massachusetts.

Impossible to tell! Left, right, in-between? Sure! Overall, she came off as extremely pro-business, which is not what one might have expected.

(The other best part of the debate is that someone was either breathing or snoring like Darth Vader by the Herald’s livestream camera? Bizarre!)