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Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren addresses delegates during the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 5, 2012.    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Win.
Given Elizabeth Warren's surge in the polls, it's not a bad time to recall what the know-nothings in the punditocracy had to say about her Democratic convention keynote address.

In fact, accidental Sen. Scott Brown helpfully rounded up some of the best for us here:

Josh Kraushaar, National Journal

Tapping Elizabeth Warren to give a Wed primetime address before B Clinton is one heckuva gamble for the Obama campaign. His biggest mistake recently was emulating the rhetoric Warren used to great acclaim (‘you didn’t build it on your own’), which prompted the president to cut an ad ‘explaining’ his comments. Warren ‘s rhetoric is a hit with liberals, but not convinced it has mainstream appeal. The risk: It could be the Dem/lib equivalent of Pat Buchanan culture war speech in 92, if it’s too hard-edged.
The GOP built their entire convention around that supposed "you didn't build that" mistake, if you define "mistake" as "shit the GOP spliced together to mean something entirely different than what the president meant." How much of a boost did Republicans get our of their convention again?

Luke Russert, NBC News

Hard to see the benefit of #Dems giving Warren a prime time slot at DNC considering she's such a lightning rod for criticism
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Ah yes, everyone's favorite legacy hire, Baby Russert couldn't see the benefit of having Elizabeth Warren speak on prime time. That's because he's an idiot. Props to our current Democratic Party—in the past they would've buckled under pressure from the punditocracy. Now it laughes at them.

Democratic Rep. Jason Altimere

Having someone from the more extreme wing of the party, being given the primetime slot sends the wrong message to people in the middle who are legitimately up for grabs in this race.
There's a reason the Blue Dogs are an endangered species, and that's because they're actually quite stupid. The "extreme wing" of the Democratic Party is the wing that is hell-bent on protecting the banks and credit card companies. The wing of the party that is sticking it to Wall Street, like this, is actually quite popular.

Dumbass Altmire had more to say:

If you’re trying to win over people from the center – moderates and centrists who could go either way – I would guess there are other faces you could put forward who would be better for that.
Which convention gave its candidates a boost again?

Jim Treacher, Daily Caller

No, seriously. They’re putting the woman who gave us ‘You didn’t build that’ front and center. There was a rumor about it a few days ago, but I figured it was an obvious joke. That’s what I get for underestimating the Democrats’ love of rake-stepping!
Ha ha ha, this is an obvious joke—on conservatives who thought this would hurt Democrats!

Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

Great news: Author of ‘You didn’t build that’ gets prime-time slot at Democratic convention.
Even better news—it worked!

Mark Trumbull, Christian Science Monitor

Elizabeth Warren: What will Obama’s ‘you didn’t build that’ ally say to DNC?
Pretty much the same thing. From her speech:
President Obama believes in a country where we invest in education, in roads and bridges, in science, and in the future, so we can create new opportunities, so the next kid can make it big, and the kid after that, and the kid after that. That's what president Obama believes. And that's how we build the economy of the future. An economy with more jobs and less debt. We root it in fairness. We grow it with opportunity. And we build it together.
And guess what? It was a huge hit!

Mary Papenfuss, Newser

Observers believe she may have been skipped over for that because the Obama campaign wants to dodge further GOP attacks for the ‘you didn’t build that’ message that might be stirred up by Warren in a keynote.
Skipped over what? Going to the original article, it refers to not getting a keynote, except she did get a keynote. She intro'd former Pres. Bill Clinton, probably the best gig in the entire convention. So that one doesn't even make sense.

Staff story, Fox News

It was by any measure a bold move by Democrats, considering Warren gave the talk last year that is credited with inspiring Obama’s controversial remarks earlier this month on America’s businesses. Those remarks have since fueled a wave of GOP attack ads.
Goal ThermometerActually, there's shockingly nothing wrong with that paragraph. It's all true—the Warren keynote was a bold move by Democrats. Her comments inspired Obama's "controversial" notion that we build everything together as a society—in other words, basic foundational Democratic ideology no different than Hillary Clinton's "It takes a village." And yes, those remarks—blatantly spliced and diced to change their meaning—fueled a wave of GOP attack ads.

Of course, those attack ads have fallen flat, the GOP convention was a bust, the Democratic convention was a smash hit, and there's one party on a clear upward trajectory today.

As noted above, the best thing to happen to the Democratic Party this year is to have the self-confidence to ignore the morons in the media. Because, really, the Beltway conventional wisdom (not to mention whatever it is that the wingnuts pass as "wisdom") has no bearing on reality.

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Originally posted to kos on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans and Daily Kos.

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