Ever since President Obama skipped over the chance to appoint Elizabeth Warren the first leader of the consumer watchdog agency she essentially created from scratch, there’s been a lot of talk about whether Warren would return home to Massachusetts and run for Senate.
Now even a comic strip is getting in on the odds-making. Doonesbury, famous for becoming the first comic to win a Pulitzer Prize way back in 1975, dedicated last week to Warren and her possible run. Longtime character Joanie Caucus, a former Washington lawyer, sits at her kitchen table talking to her son Jeff about coming out of retirement to work on Warren’s campaign. Caucus describes Warren’s controversial work starting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which opened its doors last month with the goal of making products like credit cards and mortgages less abusive and easier to understand.
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“Who couldn’t love that?” Jeff asks.
“Banks,” Caucus says. “And since GOP lawmakers are surprisingly affordable, they had her attacked relentlessly.”
After that, Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau goes on to handicap a possible race between Warren and Scott Brown, the Republican senator from Massachusetts, whom many Democrats are urging Warren to challenge.
“Scott Brown would be hard to beat,” Caucus says. “He’s not quite like his Tea Party compatriots. I dunno. He seems…slightly less insane.”
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Image: Leader Nancy Pelosi Photostream, via Flickr.com