Who was that familiar face on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” recently, holding forth about the banking industry? The super-earnest guest argued that “banking should be boring,” and wants to bring back the Glass-Steagall Act, one of Franklin Roosevelt’s Depression-era reform bills. Ah yes; the hundred-megawatt smile; the Dos Passos-era haircut; the broad vowels redolent of her Oklahoma birthplace. It’s Senator Elizabeth Warren, a.k.a. the Big Noise.
I call Warren the Big Noise because in her brief political career she has proved to be a panderer of Charles Schumer-esque proportions. For 28 years we had a showhorse senator, John Kerry, better known for posturing on television (his unflattering nickname was “Liveshot”) than getting things done. With her PR savvy and her lawyerly gift of gab, Warren makes for a worthy successor.