Massachusetts’ very own profile in courage — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren — Thursday voted against the only African-American nominee to Donald Trump’sCabinet, Ben Carson, who was confirmed as secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
The funny thing is that Warren was pretty much OK with voting in favor of the former neurosurgeon back when his nomination was being considered by the Senate Banking Committee — a mere five weeks ago.
In fact, at the time Warren wrote an extensive Facebook post, defending her support for Carson even though “he is not the nominee I wanted.
“But ‘the nominee I wanted,’ is not the test,” she added.
She noted that she had sent Carson a set of nine pages of written questions and got back from him a set of answers that “weren’t perfect,” but were enlightening.
“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.”
And, she wrote, “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.”
Ah, but that was then, and this is now.
What followed was an onslaught from fellow progressives who are in no mood to compromise with anyone or any policy coming from the Trump administration.
And so Warren did what she does best — she folded, switching her vote and bending to the left-leaning political winds now roiling her party.
Perhaps someone ought to remind her that pandering pols are a dime a dozen; those with principles a much rarer thing.
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