This video of Elizabeth Warren is circulating like a breath of fresh air around the liberal blogosphere (see, e.g., here and here):
What’s so unusual about it? I submit that we’re not used to seeing an aspiring Democratic politician straightforwardly enunciate, and passionately affirm, the first principles of modern liberalism.
Tea Party Republicans will bend your ear off about their own foundational commitments. Listen to them for a minute or two and you’re bound to hear something about “liberty,” “tyranny” and “constitutional conservatism.” When liberals dismiss them as a bunch of hayseeds substituting clichés for analytical thought, conservatives stick their chests out with pride. They think their clichés encapsulate ancestral wisdom that sophisticated liberals are too clever to understand. Reciting them is an obligatory expression of civic piety.
Warren isn’t anybody’s idea of a hayseed. Liberals have grown to love her watching her effortlessly hold her own in any wonkish assembly. Yet there she is presiding over a revival meeting attended by a bunch of Cambridge liberals who look like they're about to start speaking in tongues. If they ever knew, they've long-since forgotten what a civic homily sounds like and how good it feels to be a member of the congregation hearing one.