|Eleven days ago, West Virginia Democratic Senate candidate Natalie Tennant was brandishing a rifle in a local parade.
Today, she's standing next to liberal icon Elizabeth Warren on stage.
She's proving that she can be a good Democratic soldier by helping the party where and when it needs her most, and she's proving that her appeal and the appeal of her populist message extends far beyond deep-blue Massachusetts.
While Warren has used her fundraising prowess to send pleas on behalf of many 2014 candidates, she's making more-frequent in-person appearances this summer, a trend her team says will continue through November. Monday's West Virginia event was Warren's fourth stop for a 2014 Senate candidate; she'll campaign with her fifth 2014 candidate, Representative Gary Peters, in Michigan on Friday.
Candidates such as Peters or Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, for whom Warren raised money back in late May, seem much more of a natural fit. Others, like Tennant and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, appear less so.
But Warren's ability to move easily from blue states to red states is proof she has "become a serious player" on the national stage, said longtime Democratic consultant Bob Shrum.
"One thing that has become clear is that the caricature of her as somehow or other too far left is entirely wrong," he said. "She's campaigning in West Virginia, she's campaigning in Kentucky … the [campaign] people there are smart enough to know what's going to help them and what's going to hurt them."
Warren's star power was certainly on display in West Virginia on Monday, when she walked on stage to a standing ovation and deafening applause from the audience of more than 400 people, some of whom shouted things like "2016!" or "2020!" Much of her speech focused on the need to fight back against Wall Street and on the student-loan interest-rate legislation she's championed, both issues that played well with the crowd. […]
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2012—California's 'special exemptions' act: The biggest threat you haven't heard of:
|November 2012 will be a cataclysmic showdown between the forces of democracy and the forces of unlimited wealth. If we lose this, the plutocrats will be in charge and will be able to write their own rules to further the interests of Wall Street and the one percent. If we lose this fight, anti-democratic legislation will continue to sweep across the nation, overwhelming the grassroots support and small-dollar contributions of those who dare to fight against overwhelming odds.
And I'm not talking about the reelection campaign of Barack Obama. No, this battle to the death between moneyed interests and working people will play out in California in the form of Proposition 32. This measure, proponents say, would ban both corporate and union contributions for most political purposes and make citizens reign supreme. But progressives here have taken to calling it the "special exemptions act."
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, After leading off with Daily Kos Kitchen Nightmares, Greg Dworkin rounded up headlines on the "radioactive" Common Core controversy, Santorum walking the populism tightrope, and how much Americans appear to hate "complicated" stuff. Obama Derangement Syndrome traps Republicans on Syria & Iraq, as well as Benghazi. Boehner's lawsuit makes Republicans look like whiners. Worse, it could end up empowering the Roberts SCOTUS far more than Congress. And don't forget to visit our sponsor, Harrys.com, where you can save $5 on your first order of fine shaving products with the "Kagro" promo code!