BOSTON - Sen. Elizabeth Warren's former supporters are getting sick of her obstructionist post-election behavior. On MSNBC's Morning Joe today, the criticism reached a fever pitch, as Mika Brzezinski, who had long supported Warren, lambasted the Senator's recent speech as "shrill...almost unhinged." Brzezinski criticized Warren's aggressive attacks as out of touch: "do you lead with anger?...I am getting tired of this act.”
ELIZABETH WARREN: Republicans are taking over Congress, they are taking over the White House, but Republicans do not have majority support in this country. The majority of voters supported Democratic Senate candidates over Republican ones, and the majority supported a Democratic presidential candidate over a Republican one. The American people didn’t give Democrats majority support so we can come back to Washington and play dead. They didn’t send us here to whimper, whine, or grovel.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: [deep sigh] Yeah.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: And you have Elizabeth Warren stepping out and basically looking like she’s going to be the de facto head of the Democratic party nationally.
BRZEZINSKI: Do you lead on anger, though? Because that doesn’t seem very constructive to me. I gotta tell you. I love her; I’m getting tired of this act.
WILLIE GEIST: She’s definitely giving voice to the people in the party and IN the country who think Donald Trump is a disaster. She’s going to be out every day going after them.
BRZEZINSKI: Yeah, well, you know what? There’s a huge part of the country that doesn’t think so and she might want to be a little inclusive because she is sounding like the people she is accusing of as being exclusive. I mean she’s just got to stop. I’m sorry. It’s getting exhausting. And this did not help during the campaign. It wasn’t. There’s an anger there that was shrill and a step above what it needed to be, unmeasured, and almost unhinged! It’s not going to work. At some point we have to look at what happened and look at the people we lost along the way.
BRZEZINSKI: And why I’m so critical of that sound bite, and every other rant I’ve heard, is it’s not showing listening, it’s not showing learning, that there was something to be learned, and by the way, the beginning of a new presidency, isn’t the first thing, isn’t the first thing that should happen out of the box is: we look forward to working with Republicans, we support the new President-elect, and we hope to move forward together and find things we can agree on.
Isn’t that the example that Democrats have accused Republicans of not holding up to, for eight years of being vitriolic against Republicans for being so difficult, for trying to bring Obama down from day one. Boy! This reminds me of eight years ago except now it’s Democrats doing it, in a very heated, unmeasured way.