This isn’t even the most cynical identity-politics pander by a Democratic politician in the news today. Karen has a post coming up about Elizabeth Warren’s newfound love of Super PACs and I don’t want to step on it, but take a minute to watch this clip. Warren opposed having her own Super PAC because she didn’t want to encourage “dark money” from fatcats in politics, but now, with her chances at the nomination disappearing, she’s decided to change course — as a matter of feminism.
NEW: Here is video of Warren declining to disavow the new super PAC supporting her:
“If all the candidates want to get rid of super PACs, count me in. I'll lead the charge. But that's how it has to be. It can't be the case that a bunch of people keep them and only 1 or 2 don’t.” pic.twitter.com/byxQRjGMfs
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) February 20, 2020
What’s that claptrap about the two women in the race fighting at a disadvantage? A less sanctimonious politician would have owned her shift in strategy forthrightly: “I unilaterally disarmed on outside money, hoping to set an example for the field, but it didn’t work and I’m going to lose if I stick by my principles so my principles are out the window.” But Warren’s self-righteous even by Washington standards so her sellout has to be dressed up as a blow for gender equality. Please, don’t for a moment believe that she’s going to let rich people start bankrolling her out of simple greed and ambition. She’s doing it because she owes it to the women of America not to let the fellas walk all over her.