Ahhhh Doctor Warren you break my heart! I know you’re only human, and I still love all your policy ideas, but when you do stuff like this it gives me a headache. You’re not the first to do it, and you won’t be the last, and it isn’t the end of the world, but displaying such a clueless attitude about what constitutes being wealthy: a) does not help your attempts to get elected because b) it shows how out of touch with the voters you are. It is more than a little insulting and I wish I could say I am surprised but we have seen it more than once from wealthy liberals over the years.
The backtracking shows she knows that she at least hurt her campaign, but she is too smart for me to think she was incapable of articulating what she did in her explanation from the beginning. I know she wasn’t claiming to not be wealthy, but she should be canny enough to not even use the word “wealthy” when referring to herself at all. Just the fact that it wouldn’t occur to her that the word would perk up middle and lower class ears shows a disconnect that most of our elected (and would-be elected) officials suffer from.
This is why we have to be more engaged. This is why we have to pay better attention to all of them and not just let great slogans or scapegoating get us stoked and/or angry. Even the best of them don’t know what it is like to be us, even those that started out as us. It is why none of us should dismiss running for office ourselves and why even if we don’t we need to put feet on the street and words on the ether to get our voices heard.
Ultimately I am not angry with Dr. Warren. She’s smart, mostly classy and compassionate. Am I disappointed with this faux pas? Sure, but it just reminds me, and hopefully reminds everyone reading, that we cannot wait for heroes to save us, but we have to step up and save ourselves. We’ve started doing that these last few months, let’s not back down.