Video of the Day: Elizabeth Warren Is Out for Revenge

Updated Oct. 17

This video seems both to mock and support Elizabeth Warren's bid for Senate in Massachusetts. It's pretty effective in both departments.

Actress Molly Erdman nails Warren's pursed, furrowed visage and sense of injustice, rehashing the point Warren made in August about nobody in American getting rich on his/her own:

"You built a factory out there? Good for you," she says. "But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did."

She continues: "Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."

Warren, a former Harvard professor who designed and helped launch the Obama administration's Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, announced last month that she will challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in 2012. Warren released this video Sept. 14:

Video credits: EddieMGeller/YouTube, Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts, directed by Brian Shortall


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post stated that the Massachusetts GOP had orchestrated the posting of this video, after a Massachusetts GOP spokesman emailed The Atlantic about this post and subsequently seemed to indicate that the state party had released the video. "Sure did," the spokesman wrote when asked, "Did you guys put that out?" Evidently there was a misunderstanding. The YouTube user who posted the video, and the same Mass. GOP spokesman, later said the Massachusetts GOP had not been responsible for it.

Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Saving the Bees

Honeybees contribute more than $15 billion to the U.S. economy. A short documentary considers how desperate beekeepers are trying to keep their hives alive.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Politics

Just In