By that, I mean before mothers became mommas, fathers became daddies, infants became babies, and dolls “dollies.” And before she asked her audience if there were other “Okies” in attendance.
By the end of her open-air town hall meeting Wednesday, I half expected her to belt out “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin.’ ” That said, serving up country corn pone is a minor matter compared with falsely claiming to have made oneself a billionaire with the help of a small $1 million family loan, as a certain president whose father actually channeled him hundr of millions of dollars has done.
And though I winced at the hokey Okie-ness, it didn’t seem to bother the crowd of 500 or more who came to the majestic mountains of Bode Miller country to hear the liberal populist. No indeed.
Warren was a certified hit.
She is corralling positive populist energy by running as pro-government but anti-Washington.
That is, she is for more government services, but against a capital in the grips of big money, big oil, big pharma, big corporations, big finance, big shots, and big favors. And, based on my conversations, she is steadily assuaging doubts and gaining converts.
Among its other race-shaping dynamics, the New Hampshire primary will be a key contest between dueling New England neighbors Warren and Bernie Sanders, the two high-profile same-lane lefties. The winner will leave with progressive bragging rights, the loser likely find him or herself stuck on, with apologies to nearby Cannon Mountain, a Hardscrabble downward trail.
William Briggeman, a retired educator from nearby Twin Mountain, backed Bernie in 2016, but now thinks the Vermont senator “missed his moment” and that Donald Trump could launch devastating attacks on him because of his embrace of Democratic socialism.
Jim Shuchman, a Democrat and retired attorney from Okie from well west of Muskogee, she has taught at Harvard — has made her better equipped to strengthen the rule of law, a concern sparked by the Trump years.
This time around, however, her group wasn’t torn. They are Warrenites, she said.
Elise Drake, 67, a financial analyst from Franconia and a moderate, said she liked both Warren and Pete Buttigieg.
” He had hoped to ask Warren what she would tell them to win their votes; though he didn’t have a chance on Wednesday, he has e-mailed her that question.
A better approach, she said, would be to lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 50.
When voters in your wheelhouse have those worries, it’s best to take heed, Senator Warren.
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