In this photo taken Nov. 18, 2015, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Warren labeled Donald Trump a loser, a bully and a threat on Monday, March 21, 2016, continuing a fierce war of words between the liberal icon and the front-running Republican presidential candidate that has played out on social media and The New York Times. () (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Elizabeth Warren: "Republican extremists" in the Senate are "insulting the Constitution" with their serial misbehavior

The GOP wouldn't have to choose "between a bullet and a poison" if it had something resembling self-respect


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 8, 2016 4:40PM (UTC)

In an editorial in the Boston Globe, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren tore into her Republican colleagues, arguing that since President Barack Obama was elected, GOP senators have "refused to try to make government better — opting instead to try to shut down government altogether rather than to accept a functioning government led by someone they didn’t like."

They can complain about the choices they currently have for president, as Lindsey Graham did before pinching his nose and endorsing the "poisonous" Ted Cruz -- as "maybe there is an antidote" -- because "Republican senators laid the foundation for their presidential front-runners."

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Their obstructionism is directly responsible, Warren claimed, for the current state of the Republican field, so it's their fault if they're being forced "to choose between a bullet and poison." She offered her august colleagues some free advice:

Stand up to extremists in the Senate bent on sabotaging our government whenever things don’t go their way. Respect the oath you took to uphold and defend the Constitution. Show some courage and put that oath ahead of party politics. Do your job...

Read the rest at the Boston Globe...


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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