Rich geezer Warren Buffett thinks Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren would be a more effective leader if she calmed down and got less mad about stuff that, in her view, is ruining the country.
Warren (Buffet) gave his important opinion on how Warren (Elizabeth) should be on CNBC's "Squawk Box" this week. Here's his advice, per Politico:
"Well, I think she would do better if she was less angry and demonized less. I believe in 'hate the sin and love the sinner,'" he said. [...]
"I think the whole nature of governing is, particularly when we've got divided government like we've got now is, you end up with bills that each side doesn't like but they like it better than doing nothing," he said. "That's the way government has to function. And it does not help when you demonize or get too violent to the people you're talking to."
Looks like we're going to have a good old fashioned Warren-off.
On one hand (and I'm being very generous here), Warren Buffet, self-anointed chillness guru, sort of has a point. Getting violent with people is not a good way to convince them to agree with you when you're an elected official seeking compromise. On the other: uh, wut. He makes it sound like Elizabeth Warren spends her days storming around Capitol Hill with a drawn sword, slashing Republican staffers and farting in the Senate elevator just to terrorize people. What, exactly, is Elizabeth Warren doing that is markedly more "violent" or demonizing of the opposition than almost any other Senator?
Besides, one of the reasons that Warren (and similar across-the-aisle firebrands, like Ted Cruz) inspires such unfettered adoration from her supports, from my blue state-iest Facebook friends to Mark Ruffalo, is precisely that she actually does seem angry about things that make a lot of people angry. Income disparity. The disappearing middle class. The effective debt prison college graduates enter. The classification of corporate money as "speech." Unending war. Men who have no experience in elected office telling her how to do her job.
You know, things that should make a person angry.
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