I can’t help but imagine that it’s tough to be the darling of the Left. I mean, no other political faction in the world demands complete ideological purity with no deviation whatsoever like the American Left. Today’s case in point: Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren, who became the target of ire when she voted to confirm Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Warren and Brown are pathetic, Dem equivalent of McCain and Rubio backing Tillerson. They know it's wrong, don't care who suffers. https://t.co/2kbr9wO9Tn
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) January 25, 2017
Wait. They're backing Ben Carson? The anti-Black unqualified nominee to head HUD?
Just checking. Is this what resisting looks like? 🤔 https://t.co/aeWkgqmJjW
— Elon James White (@elonjames) January 25, 2017
I still can't believe that Warren voted for Ben Carson. That's wild.
— deray (@deray) January 25, 2017
The senator took to Facebook to give a detailed explanation on her decision, which boiled down to “I had to vote for him because the second choice could’ve been worse”:
During the nomination process, I sent Dr. Carson a nine-page letter with detailed questions on a whole range of issues: Section 8 housing assistance; lead exposure in public housing; programs to prevent and end homelessness; programs to help victims of domestic violence; fighting housing discrimination; HUD’s role in preparing for and recovering from natural disasters; and, more broadly, the standards he will use for managing the department, including the steps he will take to protect the rights of LGBT Americans.
Dr. Carson’s answers weren’t perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. In his written responses to me, he made good, detailed promises, on everything from protecting anti-homelessness programs to enforcing fair housing laws. Promises that – if they’re honored – would help a lot of working families.
Can we count on Dr. Carson to keep those promises? I don’t know. People are right to be skeptical; I am. But a man who makes written promises gives us a toehold on accountability. If President Trump goes to his second choice, I don’t think we will get another HUD nominee who will even make these promises – much less follow through on them.
If Dr. Carson doesn’t follow through on his commitments, I will be the very first person he hears from – loudly and clearly and frequently. I didn’t hesitate to criticize past HUD Secretaries when they fell short, and I won’t hesitate with Dr. Carson – not for one minute.
I understand that some people might have made the call differently. I appreciate your making your thoughts heard. Unlike the new Administration, I don’t believe in ignoring or silencing people who disagree with the choices I make or the votes I take.
But (surprise, surprise) the give and take of politics is not enough for the Left. It’s all or nothing, so the Left excoriated Warren on Twitter after her explanation:
Your vote would not have changed the outcome. It would have given us hope that resistance would continue.
— Catherynne Valente (@catvalente) January 25, 2017
you failed. there is no getting round it. if you keep this up not even you will be safe from being booted out. fight them or go.
— Game of Thornes (@GeoffThorne) January 25, 2017
There is no such thing as collaboration with fascist authoritarians. There is only obstruction.
— Monica Byrne (@monicabyrne13) January 25, 2017
.@SenWarren All of you have let your supporters down and it will be remembered when it falls apart on your watch.
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) January 25, 2017
Has the Left’s great hope for 2020 shot herself in the foot with her decision? Has she ruined her chances at a presidential run? It sure looks like it.