Elizabeth Warren is hardly a bastion of truth, but like any blind squirrel searching for nuts, she has her moments of accidental honesty. This time, it was in calling out recently retired President Obama, while everyone else is starting his canonization.
In an interview on SiriusXM’s oddly-named “Alter Family Politics” show, she stated she was “bothered” by the president’s agreement to speak at a health industry convention this summer for $400,000. She went on to encase it in the larger argument of money in politics, and it’s corruption of D.C.
While she didn’t call him “Caesar,” or a “snake,” the fact that she said anything about him proved to be a powerful moment that turned some heads in the progressive world. And in the context of the interview, her new book “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class,” where she DOES refer to a serpent’s ways, it felt a little like a Ted Cruz moment. “I describe it as a snake that slithers through Washington. And that it shows up in so many different ways here in Washington,” she said, as they discussed how to make politics a utopia with no money or outside influence for the first time in human history.
To the weeklong criticism, the Obama’s spokesman, Eric Shultz did have this to say: “With regard to this or any speech involving Wall Street sponsors, I’d just point out that in 2008, Barack Obama raised more money from Wall Street than any candidate in history — and still went on to successfully pass and implement the toughest reforms on Wall Street since FDR.” Never mind the hundreds of rules left unwritten as required by statute.
As it is, Ted Cruz takes his moments to shine a flashlight on something he knows we don’t like. Ted Cruz gets under my skin at times, but at least I know his words come from a place of genuine conviction, and he’s willing to say what he wants, when he wants. Rand Paul has those moments as well. Rubio, too. I feel Cruz occasionally creates the drama before doing so, in that we feel like we have a chance to win something he knew wasn’t going to happen. But, at least he doesn’t cower in fear of the system he’s a part of. And neither does his far-left colleague. Warren could do a little more calling out of the leadership, if she really wants to play dorm parent in the Senate. But, it’s not as easy when you’re in the minority party. Of course, they’re in the minority for a reason. And her comments were about a party leader with nothing to lose, or win. So, maybe she’s not so tough after all.
If she feels this fight is her fight, she can have it. I’d rather let her swat at political retirees than playing victim with the Senate lectern and embarrass our own overstayed leadership. Maybe she’ll soon join him.