LAWMAKER OR ACTIVIST?
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.