Elizabeth Warren, a national liberal icon with 2016 presidential buzz, is the best thing to happen to Senator Scott Brown's fundraising. Without her as his opponent his fund-raising numbers never approach the level they are at. Her presence in the race has excited liberals and conservatives in all 50 states, driving them to open up their checkbooks.
Brown, was a long shot nobody state senator until about three weeks before the 2010 special election when he took off like a rocket on the national stage but then his star faded with national conservatives as he positioned himself as a New England moderate. The national dollars that poured in to help him topple Attorney General Martha Coakley dried up as national folks realized they did not elect another Jim Demint. Brown went about his business wracking up the third most moderate voting record in the US Senate, firmly establishing himself as a New England centrist.
Along comes Warren.
Warren, with her endless "Wall Street vs Everyone" drumbeat and consumer advocacy crusading has inspired the American left in a way that their former darling, President Obama, no longer can. Warren gives American liberals that warm tingly feeling of hope that they so desperately need to justify their endeavors. As soon as she announced her candidacy the cash started pouring in.
Brown benefited, too, as the money started flowing for him but over 70 percent of it has come from Massachusetts residents. The national appeal for Brown is still limited even though he is facing off against a liberal conservatives despise. As Michael Levenson notes:
Brown has been trying to energize potential donors by warning that Democrats will have a better chance of retaining control of the Senate if he loses in November.
“Majority control of the Senate hinges on the outcome, which is why so many national liberals are pouring so much money into our rival’s race, and it’s why I am the No. 1 target of the national Democrats,” Brown wrote in a recent fund-raising appeal. He predicted that he would be outspent and asked for “every dollar I can get to fend off out-of-state liberals.”
Brown is not much of a conservative so the only way he can appeal to national conservatives and Tea Party types is by vilifying Warren as the next Ted Kennedy. Purity driven activists don't really go for the compromise and working together thing anymore.
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