From Glen Johnson’s Boston Sunday Globe Political Intelligence column (headline: “Warren draws criticism over comment on Wall St. Support”):
Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren, a proud champion of the middle class, nonetheless claimed support from the very same Wall Street crowd she so frequently targets for criticism.
“Every now and again, I meet with someone who’s been very successful on Wall Street, who says, ‘I want to support your campaign because I believe you will save capitalism,’ ” Warren said during an interview with the National Journal’s Jim O’Sullivan published July 29.
By Monday, the comment was pinging around the Internet and Twittersphere, accompanied by a fairly snarky reaction.
Pinging around the Internet and Twittersphere?
Warren’s quote was Page One of the Boston Herald last Tuesday, as the hardreading staff duly noted:
Elizabeth Warren Saves Capitalism Edition
“Every now and again, I meet with someone who’s been very successful on Wall Street, who says, ‘I want to support your campaign because I believe you will save capitalism. I believe in capitalism, and I understand there have to be rules. And they have to be consistently enforced.’ ”
That earned Warren this front page photo in the feisty local tabloid:
More from Johnson’s piece:
That prompted Warren to backpedal . . . as she made a campaign stop in Somerville.
“I passed along a comment that was over the top, and it was silly for me to do so,” she told reporters. Warren repeated the statement to each question on the topic.
Old news, Glen – not to mention unattributed.
[Last Wednesday's] Herald had not one, but two columns (conveniently side-by-side) whacking Warren for the walkback, among other things.
First up, Joe Battenfeld:
Warren’s cop-out may represent a turning point in her campaign, because it’s the first time she’s actually disavowed something in such record speed.
But don’t expect Warren to go all silly on us. She is still claiming American Indian heritage, and that she created “much of the intellectual foundation” for Occupy. And she still claims she’s the sheriff who cleaned up Wall Street, despite what a few “over the top” executives may say.
Next up, Howie Carr:
How does Granny Warren do it? I mean, do you know how much time it must take, saving capitalism and simultaneously providing the “intellectual foundations” of Occupy Wall Street, which wanted to destroy capitalism?
Talk about keeping balls in the air. She’s both an Indian and “Okie to her toes.”
C’mon, Globe editors – and Glen. Credit where credit’s due, eh?