The ‘Socialist Whore’ and Her ‘Foreign-Born’ Boss

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Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s recent run-in with a heckler was the Tea Party movement in microcosm.

A man identified in multiple news stories as a Tea Party supporter called Elizabeth Warren a “socialist whore” for favoring the Occupy Wall Street protestors. For extra measure, he said Warren worked for a “foreign-born” boss, meaning President Obama.

The guy’s rant reflects the bizarro bile we’ve all come to expect from the tea party. “Socialist whore” and “foreign-born” boss rank right up there with Tea Party golden oldies like “Obama’s Plan White Slavery” and “Obama is Kenyan-born Muslim Marxist Nazi.”

Elizabeth Warren kept her cool. She swore the heckler, who said he had been unemployed for more than a year, didn’t make her mad. Warren said she felt sorry for him, but added, “There’s someone else pre-packaging that poison — and that’s who makes me angry.”

My guess is her list of pre-packagers would include those union-hating Republican millionaires who bankroll the Tea Party. But the whole GOP is in high dudgeon over the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has even spread to rural western Kentucky where I live.

Writes The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent:

“Figures on the right have transparently used Occupy Wall Street’s theatrics to distract from its message, in an effort to play on the cultural instincts of struggling blue collar whites and turn them against the economic populism embodied by the protests and Warren’s candidacy. They’ve screamed ‘class warfare’ and ‘socialism’ at even the most modest of proposals designed to reverse trends that have badly exacerbated inequality for decades, with untold consequences for the future.”

Sargent, who authors The Plum Line blog, adds:

“They’ve tried in every every which way to push the cultural buttons of voters who are responding favorably to the political conversation’s increased focus on inequality, economic unfairness, and what we should do about them. They have hauled out the old cultural playbook that’s been in use since the late 1960s, in an all-out effort to persuade working class and moderate voters to oppose any and all efforts to impose a modicum of accountability or to reform the indefensible status quo.”

berry craigSargent knows his history. In the sixties, the rightward-shifting GOP — once the party of “Lincoln and Liberty” — adopted a “Southern Strategy” for winning over segregationist Southern white Democrats who didn’t take kindly to their party’s embrace of civil rights on the national level.

The Tea Partiers are, by and large, the new “white backlash” voters.

Not coincidentally, not to me, anyway, the Tea Party started after we elected our first African American president. Almost all Tea Partiers are white folks.

Anyway, Jim Pence, who runs the Hillbilly Report blogsite in my native Kentucky, has been on to the GOP’s pre-packagers of poison from the start.

“Never before have so few with so much promised to take away so much from so many and then laughed their asses off as the so many with so little vote for the so few with so much,” he says.

Berry CraigSargent confesses that he doesn’t know if the Republicans will succeed in turning working stiffs against the Occupy Wall Street movement and Democrats like Warren. He doesn’t know what moved the heckler to vent his spleen at Warren. “But I can see why she labeled the larger atmosphere ‘poison,’ and why she’s so angry about it,” he concludes. “Indeed, you couldn’t ask for a moment that more perfectly captures the pathologies of this political moment, and how high the stakes have become.”

Meanwhile, I wonder if the heckler has drawn an unemployment check since he lost his job. Unemployment compensation is one of the oldest socialist ideas around.

Berry Craig

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Comments

  1. Ryder says

    BTW, as a professor of history, why are you not documenting when this event took place… where it took place, and the name of the man in question?

    I’m finding this piece to be more than a bit sloppy.

  2. Ryder says

    “The guy’s rant reflects the bizarro bile we’ve all come to expect from the tea party.”

    Perhaps the only reason that this is what people have come to expect from the tea party is because writers like you constantly look for the very rare incident like this, and link it to the Tea Party, and treat it like it’s normal.

    The Tea Party, over a period of YEARS has not set fire to anything… has not trashed any locations… has not knocked old women down stairs and putting them in the hospital. They’ve not been having random sex at rallies… and are not known for lighting up or doing any illegal drugs. They’re older… polite… and care about the future our children will inherit.

    That you work so hard to project this hateful message about the Tea Party is just shameful…

    That the Tea Party formed right after the bail outs… and were ignited by Rick Santelli’s rant about the bail-outs is common knowledge. (visit Wikipedia if you care to) You can watch Rick’s rant on Youtube if you care to.

    That you choose to ignore this along with the obvious anti-spending/ anti bail-out message (years before Occupy decided to act on the bail-outs), and instead choose, for your own personal reasons, to attribute the formation of the Tea Party to racism in the face of all facts, says far more about you, than it does about the Tea Party.

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