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Here's Elizabeth Warren's newest ad in the Massachusetts Senate race, on the War on Women.

Why do women have to fight the same old battles? Women still don't get equal pay for equal work - Republicans blocked that, and even pushed a law that could have denied insurance coverage for birth control. We're still fighting to protect a woman's right to choose nearly 40 years after Roe v. Wade, and we could be just one Supreme Court justice away from losing it. How could this be happening in 2012?
There's just one thing missing there: the fact that her opponent was among those Republicans pushing the law denying insurance coverage for birth control, and that Scott Brown has been a pretty reliable vote in the Senate against women. After all, he has the endorsement of the state's leading anti-choice group. But where the Warren campaign doesn't directly call Brown out for those votes, a group of 22 female Massachusetts legislators and one Boston city councilor are, putting Brown on notice that they are aware of his record and will publicize it.
“We know where you have voted against women on the issues that matter to us most, and we know that you and your Republican party will move to restrict our economic and reproductive rights if you take control of the US Senate and the White House,” they said. [...]

“Your record is clear,” said the women, including City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and state Senator Katherine Clark of Melrose. “We also know that you have endorsed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and are working to help them win the White House to enact their agenda, which would be devastating for women."

Goal Thermometer

Scott Brown has to be defined for who he is: That's the key for Warren. In last week's PPP poll of the state, Brown had a five point lead, 49-44. He's viewed by 54 percent of the voting population in the state as "just about right" ideologically, but at the same time 56 percent of the state's voters think the Republicans are too conservative, and 53 percent don't want the Republicans in charge of the Senate. What the Davids (Nir and Jarman) say:
The roadmap here is to follow the same path as Sheldon Whitehouse vs. Lincoln Chafee in 2006, another case of taking down a likeable moderate by tying him at every turn to the national party and educating voters about how the Senate as a whole functions... a lesson which hasn't seemed to sink in with a large enough share of Massachusetts voters yet.
Brown's true colors have to be exposed. It's great that Warren surrogates are going to help do it, but it's something Warren is going to have to take on directly, as well.

How about putting a woman in Brown's place? Please donate $3 to Elizabeth Warren on ActBlue.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 02:02 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (37+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 02:02:57 PM PDT

  •  today's GOP: a party stuck in 1812 /nt (10+ / 0-)

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 02:07:29 PM PDT

    •  I"m not sure they're thinking about (1+ / 0-)
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      Invading Canada yet, but yeah.

      I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. -- S.I. Hayakawa

      by tapu dali on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:01:40 PM PDT

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    •  well (1+ / 0-)
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      agree  1812 and not agree...... not stuck.... GOP are planning population culling women and children ( seniors ) first; but don't openly say it;

      ROMMUNISM survival for the richest:: work harder wealthy people and corporations need their tax breaks and subsidies

      by anyname on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 05:55:11 AM PDT

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  •  My Republican partners hate Scott Brown. (4+ / 0-)
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    Louisiana 1976, celdd, jnww, pademocrat

    That should make him about tolerable in the Bay State.  He is a classic handsome triangulator.  We used to have a guy like that, didn't we?

    It's a sad day when our elected officials have offending the least number of people as their primary goal.  

    He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason. - Cicero

    by SpamNunn on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 02:13:36 PM PDT

  •  I don't know... (4+ / 0-)
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    jennyp, belzaboo, Lawrence, pademocrat

    Perhaps she's only running it on Lifetime TV and Oxygen, but I don't think it's a very good ad. But I have a penis, so it probably wasn't aimed at me, anyway.

    Language professors HATE me!

    by Zornorph on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 02:17:57 PM PDT

  •  agreed thank you (3+ / 0-)
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    celdd, sethtriggs, thomask
  •  Because his penis is small & doesnt work (3+ / 0-)
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    belzaboo, rubyduby7, Senor Unoball

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 05:25:18 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for this, Joan. (8+ / 0-)

    We need Ms. Warren in the Senate badly. She has to win this one and we can help make it happen.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 06:04:01 PM PDT

  •  Happening in '12 (4+ / 0-)

    Tell me in the world could Elizabeth Warren not win this Senate race? What in God's name  is up with MA voters? Aren't they paying attention? I cannot for the life of me believe that there will be 20% crossover  in the Pres./Sen. voting because the POTUS will likely win MA by AT LEAST 20%. Someody please clue me in as to what the hell is going on in MA.

    •  How was this state lost? (1+ / 0-)
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      Are any dems analyzing why Brown got in?  (I'm sure there are/were).

      Are there any living democrats left in MA?  What are you doing?  

      I'm in CA-a give a way to Obama- but am still working to back up my friends in Colorado.  

      Com'on folks.  Wake up.  Do (more than) something.

      •  Brown got in due to three factors (3+ / 0-)

        1. It was a special election with very short lead time = low voter awareness and turn out.
        2. Scott Brown had Romney's MA team = very MA savvy
        3. Martha Coakley ran the worst senate campaign in living memory blowing a 20 point lead in about 3 weeks of dumassery.

        How he is "in the lead" now is a mystery to me and I expect Warren to win by 5-10. People are not paying attention to the Senate yet. They will in late sept. when all the yard signs go out. Then they'll feel the icy grip of reality and do the right thing in the voting booth.

        "There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth." -- Niels Bohr

        by paxpi on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 08:07:22 PM PDT

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    •  more schmoozing, less anger needed... (1+ / 0-)
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      according to my very wise friend in Boston, who agreed with this earlier comment I copied to her from DKos

      "Brown has the aw-shucks truck-drivin' Sox fan bullshit down pat.  Warren looks like the tweedy egghead 'professor' Brown keeps calling her.  She just doesn't connect.."

      My friend said,  "Unfortunately, it is true.  She's coming across as aggressive rather than a fighter for rights and he's just schmoozing.  A couple of his ads feature popular democrats who are endorsing him for his bipartisan ways.  Nothing of substance from him and I'm sure people don't know his record and about those important issues where he waffled and/or didn't vote.  I was out in western MA over the weekend and there was a preponderance of Warren signs."

      Warren has to evoke the Kennedy legacy and ability to connect with city folk...  as well as define Brown for what he is - make his record clear. Is she reaching out to students to get involved? And so forth.

      She could do so much if she is elected, but she'll have to be able to schmooze in the Senate, too. Now's the time for her to activate those skills. She can't win MA with western MA voters alone - her predecessor tried that and failed.

      "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

      by fhcec on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 11:04:42 PM PDT

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  •  How many Democrats (7+ / 0-)

    are this courageous?  Hitting the issue of the right to choose head on.  She's an amazing woman.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 06:14:15 PM PDT

  •  How can this be happening (4+ / 0-)

    I ask myself that question all the time.  Why do women have to fight the same battles over and over?

    I thought we were good when Roe vs Wade happened.  10 years later I was escorting at a clinic to keep the forced birthers away from women.

    I know that for a lot of politicians it's just counting votes, but no one that callous about other people should be making law.  

    I just went to a retreat - the theme was vocation - connecting your joy to the world's needs.  With the final statement that joy is not about happines, but about making the world better.  Those who want to narrow the world for others do not have joy.

  •  warren needs to ask a rhetorical question like, (1+ / 0-)
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    why is it we hear the greatest cries for freedom from scott brown, when he wants to take women's freedoms away?

    scott brown is trying to market himself to female voters with faux sexual empathy & a truck (wtf is with the truck, anyway?).  warren needs to attack that.

  •  Good ad, but who the heck is the guy at 0:21?? (0+ / 0-)

    He shows up on the left-hand side for a couple of seconds, leaning in towards the still shot of the dark-haired woman??

  •  Wow! (0+ / 0-)

    I didn't know kos has so many ad experts!

  •  Geez I like her. (0+ / 0-)

    Fight hard! Win! We need her.'s on the table, under the watermelon she demurred. Thanks, I was planning on shaving anyway he replied.

    by pdx kirk on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 06:28:30 PM PDT

  •  I love huh! (And yes, that's my MA accent :) (1+ / 0-)
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    Strange but not a stranger.

    by jnww on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 06:29:25 PM PDT

  •  Maybe she'll bring up control of the Senate (3+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs, pademocrat, BRog

    in her ads in Sept/Oct, and doesn't want to do it now too soon.  As I posted before I think it definitely needs to be used the way Sheldon Whitehouse and the DSCC did in 2006.  It was very effective.

    "The 'Gay Agenda' has indeed been revealed, and it bears a remarkable resemblance to the U.S. Constitution." ~Donna Minnis

    by Decided Voter on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 06:29:32 PM PDT

  •  Emotional Intelligence Wins Votes (6+ / 0-)

    Scott Brown's boy next door, wife, kids, pet, and pick up truck (not to mention good looks) has pretty much overcome his "republicanish" brand.

    Elizabeth Warren doesn't get this. She's expecting being correct on the issues is enough to overcome the electorate's trust.

    It ain't. She's not a politician, she wasn't able to get appointed, and the Obama team better send an image handler fast to get her to smile and appear as if she's enjoying herself, kisses babies and cares about voters. People are in a funk and aren't going to be swayed by righteous crusades.

    If we hand over the Massachussets seat to a Republican again, we have only ourselves to blame.

    I posted Warren's famous quote on my Facebook wall. I've been a fan since she first appeared on the scene. But right now, I'm not liking her. The voters are in a foul mood and she needs to sell things with a light touch. I disagree with McCaskill's conservatism but I think she's got the tone just right.

    The arc of justice is long but it bends towards justice.

    by marietoto on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 06:34:51 PM PDT

  •  show a picture of Mitch McConnell (1+ / 0-)
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    Just say if you vote for Scott Brown this man will be the leader of the senate and take away all the things that have been accomplished.

  •  Does She Want To Win? (2+ / 0-)
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    dhshoops, Senor Unoball

    She's losing the class conscious Catholic white ethnic vote. This ad will not help. Make the issue economics, Warren wins. Social issues: Brown wins. It is that simple.

  •  This is a disappointing ad (1+ / 0-)
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    I kept waiting for her to mention Brown. What's the point of saying all this when you don't say that people shouldn't vote for Brown because it could give this same GOP the Senate majority. Vote for me instead and keep the Dems in control.

    No wonder she's behind.

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    by Naturegal on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 06:40:44 PM PDT

  •  If Warren can't beat this yahoo how does Obama (0+ / 0-)

    win MA? Or any other "blue" state? Where are the Teddy Kennedy voters? Ten weeks out, if Warren hasn't yet convinced voters then she won't by election day neither. Very sad.
    So instead of GOTV efforts here in NY-21 I guess I'll see what I can do in MA. Losing Teddy's seat - again - is unacceptable.

  •  21st Century (1+ / 0-)
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    and women are still not equal.

    This should not be happening, yet it is, and we try to make rhyme or reason of it - the GOP is dying or whatever, but this really scares me.

    I try to reason it through, if the GOP regains control again, and this time unlike the Bush years, they are going for it.

    I like to think that they could never take our right to vote away, because that'd take a Constitutional Amendment, and that would be a very hard thing to do, yet it seems as though they want to do it.
    I don't think that they can do it, but they're intent on making our lives hell anyway.

    21st Century, and really, they are still talking Creationism over science?

    Here's what I really think and believe me, when I start to think, it means trouble.

    You cannot stop progress.

    Think for a minute - look at Ann Romney or better yet, Payton Manning - they both sought medical help from other countries - and WHY you ask?

    It was because other countries have better resources - no stem cell prohibitions that still exist in this country.

    The rich will never be affected and that's just a fact of life.

    Hell, if you're rich like Dick Cheney, you can get a heart.

    If you're rich, and white, the laws here or anywhere, do not apply.

    I'm done with it all, if Romney and the Republicans take it back.

    It's the young who must vote and vote in numbers, and if they vote Romney or refuse to vote, then I wash my hands of them all.

  •  Warren and envious men & women (2+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs, dhshoops

    Elizabeth's only problem is the fact that she's right - that she's good looking & that she's smart and articulate. Dullards - both male & female - hate her cuz she's so damn well right. True story.

    •  That and she's from Oklahoma and teaches at (0+ / 0-)

      Harvard....I know that sounds crazy but Mass. is very, very provincial ans sadly somewhat misogynist in politics.

      "I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are." --Homer Simpson

      by dhshoops on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:11:04 PM PDT

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    •  and she apparently hasn't yet figured out (0+ / 0-)

      how to reach out to people and connect with them.

      If she can figure that out, or get some surrogates who can help with it, she'll have a very hard time winning - and that will be everyone's loss.

      "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

      by fhcec on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 11:16:38 PM PDT

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  •  For such a highly educated state (0+ / 0-)

    MA voters sure are gullible.  How did they get suckered in by an empty ass clown who drives a truck.  

    Warren is like the greatest Democratic Senatorial candidate since RFK, and MA voters don't even respond.  WTF?

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 07:07:49 PM PDT

  •  Except Chafee (0+ / 0-)

    is for all intents and purposes ideologically and socially progressive. Brown is not.

  •  Warren needs to say "RepublicanScottBrown" like .. (3+ / 0-)
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    Danali, antimony, a2nite

    it is ONE WORD.


    Scott "I'll be NO VOTE #41" Brown doesn't even identify himself as a REPUBLICAN in his ads.

    She needs to do it every time she refers to him.


    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry

    by BornDuringWWII on Tue Aug 28, 2012 at 01:41:56 AM PDT

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