Elizabeth Warren: The Left's Mama Grizzly?

By Nicole Allan

Over at Slate's XX Factor blog, Neela Banerjee has a unique argument for the appointment of Elizabeth Warren to head the new consumer financial protection agency:

The Times said in a recent editorial that Warren scares the banks not because she doesn't get it, as far as their shenanigans go, but because she does. I think she scares all those who want to keep the status quo and think problems will magically right themselves, because Warren is an eight-foot-tall, fanged and clawed Mama Grizzly, coming at you from the left. If you take all the broad descriptions of Mama Grizzlies, both visual and rhetorical--white mothers from Middle America who kinda just know that things just aren't right in this country and don't like the direction it's going--Warren fits that bill. Except that her vision of America is at loggerheads with what conservatives want--and she's on the threshold to real power.

Banerjee sums up Warren's personal background -- the Oklahoma-raised janitor's daughter who became a struggling divorced mom -- as one Sarah Palin would approve:

Warren has the "real America" creds that Mama Grizzlies use against those who'd dismiss them. I can't help but think that Warren's early life and her initial modest law practice informed her decision to illuminate over the years the economic inequities in this country and the hugely destructive pressures the middle class faces. ...

To me, Warren is a real Mama Grizzly, more real than Sarah Palin as a feminist, because of her years-long fight to protect the middle class.

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