Elizabeth Warren is a heroine to many liberals, who hope she will challenge Hillary Clinton from the left. Even apart from the concept of anyone being to Hillary’s left, this seems bizarre to me. Warren parlayed the false claim that she is an Indian into academic success as an alleged bankruptcy expert. (I am sure that I have several partners who know more about bankruptcy law than Warren does.) Now, having won exactly one election in her life, in deep-blue Massachusetts, Warren is being touted as presidential material.
What does it take to be a left-wing icon in today’s America? There are multiple elements, but one requirement is a visceral hostility to Israel. That hostility was on display when Warren appeared at Tufts, I believe earlier today. A member of the audience said:
Eva Moseley, I’m not a student, I’m not an alumnae, but was a faculty wife. I was also a Holocaust refugee and I’m extremely concerned that Jews don’t do to another people what was done to them.
This received thunderous applause, in the midst of which Warren responded, “I think that’s fair.” You have to see the clip to fully appreciate the exchange:
So it is “fair” to compare Netanyahu to Hitler, to equate Israel’s effort to defend itself against genocidal attacks with the Nazis’ extermination of six million. Sure, I get that. I get that you are nuts.
To our Democratic Party friends: please, please nominate Elizabeth Warren for president.