Well played, future junior Senator from Massachusetts.
One test of political candidates is how they react to criticism. Warren got a test like that last week at a volunteer meeting in Brockton. About 200 people crowded into a VFW hall there.
Warren was about to launch into her stump speech when a middle-aged man near the front of the room stood up and interrupted. The man said he was unemployed and asked about Occupy Wall Street and whether Warren takes credit for the intellectual foundation of that movement.
“Is that true?” he asked.
“Sir, let me say two things,” Warren replied. “I’m very sorry to hear that you’ve been out of work. I’m also very sorry that the recent jobs bill, that would’ve brought 22,000 jobs to Massachusetts, did not pass… I’m also, since you asked, I also want to say about Occupy Wall Street, I’ve been protesting what’s been going on on Wall Street for a very long time.
“It is, as I’ve said, it is an independent and organic movement. They must of course obey the law like everybody else, but they have their own agenda and they will develop it as they develop it.”
“Well, you’re the intellectual creator of that property, as far as I’m concerned, you’re a socialist whore, I don’t want anything to do with you, and your boss is a foreign-born Marxist pig,” the man said.
With that, the man walked out as Warren’s supporters told him to leave.
“It’s alright,” Warren responded. “So, we are here to do work, and I think we have a reminder that we have a lot of work to do.”
“She dealt with him and then she moved on, and that’s what we need to do as Democrats,” said Kristina Meservey, who saw the exchange online. She’s a retired nurse practitioner on Cape Cod, and came out to see Warren at a campaign stop in Orleans.
“Democrats have wasted a lot of energy. The Democrats need to talk about positive things, proactive things,” she said.