LAW­MAKER OR AC­TIVIST?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Can politi­cians be ef­fec­tive elected of­fi­cials and still be par­ti­san ac­tivists? One news or­ga­ni­za­tion won­ders about a par­tic­u­lar Democratic sen­a­tor from Mas­sachusetts.

“El­iz­a­beth War­ren con­tin­ues to show­case her ac­tivist skill set, but she was elected to be a sen­a­tor — not a pro­tester. Her lat­est ploy is to de­mand the ouster of Pres­i­dent Trump in the wake of an op-ed pub­lished in The New York Times ear­lier this week pur­port­edly from a high-level White House in­sider,” says a re­cent Bos­ton Her­ald.

The news­pa­per cited Ms. War­ren for re­peat­edly sug­gest­ing that in­ter­ested par­ties “in­voke the 25th Amend­ment and re­move this pres­i­dent from of­fice,” de­spite ques­tions about the op-ed that came from fel­low Democrats.

“War­ren ig­nored those facts and went right into po­lit­i­cal-ac­tivist mode be­cause she is no longer pre­tend­ing to rep­re­sent ev­ery­day Amer­i­cans. She is try­ing to ap­peal to the un­hinged fringe — the peo­ple who let out a pri­mal scream on elec­tion night in 2016,” the edi­to­rial said, adding that Democrats “rou­tinely use Capi­tol Hill for civil dis­obe­di­ence just as they use hear­ing rooms to launch pres­i­den­tial cam­paigns.”

The Her­ald frets about the level of Ms. War­ren’s ac­tiv­ity, and the Mas­sachusetts cit­i­zenry it­self.

“The vot­ers of the com­mon­wealth de­serve a sen­a­tor who is de­voted to their col­lec­tive plight rather than her own fu­ture for­tunes. Out­landish protests on the tax­pay­ers’ time are bad enough, but when her po­lit­i­cally aimed ac­tivism in­volves en­ter­tain­ing the no­tion of un­seat­ing the com­man­der in chief through a process other than an elec­tion, that is sheer reck­less­ness,” the pa­per said.

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