Scott Brown’s Public Enemy #1….Susan Sarandon?

Scott Brown’s latest fundraising letter goes gunning for Susan Sarandon. She, along with Charlize Theron, Sally Field, Kyra Sedgwick, Kate Capshaw, and Reese Witherspoon are the “Hollywood elites,” all of them “big bankrollers” for Elizabeth Warren. (You will notice that all these bankrollers are women as well – Brown is polling better among men.) The Brown campaign is hoping that the people whose resentment his letter is trying to cultivate will buy his line that they’ll be hurt by Warren’s “tax hike plans” and will open their wallets for him. “Even if you can’t contribute $5,000 like Susan Sarandon…your online contribution for $10 or $20 or $30 or $40 will sure be appreciated.”

Susan Sarandon as a lightning rod in 2012? Well, OK, she came under some Red State fire when she said that Jesus was a community organizer, but that was four years ago. Even Red State fury must have a shelf life.

On the theory that these days people resent Susan Sarandon a lot less than they resent unchecked corporate power, I’d like to get a fundraising letter from the Warren campaign that riffs on Brown’s latest, inviting contributions even if they’re not as large as the corporate donations he’s received this campaign cycle. The available material is endless — Wall Street, Big Oil, Agribusiness. Here are some ideas for a Big Pharma theme:

Even if you can’t contribute $8,000 like Pfizer (which paid a $2.3 billion fine for the illegal marketing of the painkiller Bextra, paying its sales reps a $50 bounty when they got doctors to prescribe it for knee surgeries for which the drug had not been approved)…

or this:

Even if you can’t contribute $6,500 like Abbott (which paid a $1.5 billion fine for the illegal marketing of the anticonvulsant drug Depakote, deploying a sales force specially trained to market the drug to nursing homes to control elderly dementia patients, despite the absence of credible scientific evidence that Depakote was safe or effective for that use)…

or maybe this:

Even if you can’t contribute $4,000 like GlaxoSmithKline (which paid a $3 billion fine for the illegal marketing of Paxil, hiring a company to publish an article in a medical journal that falsely reported that the drug was an effective treatment for child depression and then promoting the drug aggressively by inviting sales reps to luxury resorts)…

I’m betting that this corporate malfeasance strikes people as a bigger threat than Thelma and Louise ever were.

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