Warren Flip Flops, Bowing To Activist Pressure

BOSTON -- Yesterday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren let Massachusetts residents know who she believes she really works for. After Warren initially voted for HUD nominee Dr. Ben Carson, she succumbed to intense pressure from angry far-left activists (who screamed at her) and flip-flopped on the issue.

"After taking heat from far-left activists, Sen. Warren has turned her back on the concept of bipartisanship and shown her true colors once again." said MassGOP Kirsten Hughes. "By succumbing to pressure from her angry base, Warren reveals she believes she is more accountable to national liberal activists than her constituents here at home."

Elizabeth Warren's transparent flip-flop on Ben Carson
By Emily Jahinsky

In the early days of her apparent journey to the 2020 presidential primary, Elizabeth Warren is working hard to master the art of shameless political posturing.

Fresh off a whirlwind tour of confirmation hearings, Warren flip-flopped on the confirmation of Ben Carson in Wednesday's Senate confirmation vote.

Just over a month ago, Warren earned the wrath of her liberal base after voting to advance his nomination to a vote by the full Senate. In response to the backlash, Warren posted an extensive explanation on her official Facebook page.

"At his hearing [Dr. Carson] committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency," she wrote, "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."

What changed?

Her initial show of support for Carson was met with "searing anger from liberals," as the New York Times put it. An op-ed in the liberal Huffington Post published Monday declared, "The vote on this nomination should be considered a litmus test when it comes to the progressive bona fides of each Democratic Senator," urging her to reconsider the decision. "It doesn't get any more important or fundamental to our values and principles than this decision."

Did Warren vote against a man whose promises, by her own admission, "would help a lot of working families," simply in an effort to placate her angry base?

It sure looks like it.