As America waits for the results of the epically botched Iowa caucuses, the fact that Elizabeth Warren still attracts any support at all is more testimony to the fact that 1) a lot of people are just as dumb as Warren thinks they are, and 2) Democrats just aren’t paying attention.
In an awful field for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Warren stands out for her Machiavellian manipulation, pandering and abuse of her presumed authority as a scholar. After I posted on Facebook about her head-explosionworthy promise to let trans teens have a veto over a cabinet position, maybe the most ridiculous pledge I’ve ever heard from any candidate regaring anything, a Facebook friend wrote that I appeared to be biased against Warren. It’s true—I am irrationally biased against politicians who say things they obviously don’t mean in order to get votes, and who are shameless, lying, demagogues.
Liz had a particularly revealing few days before the caucuses. The Wall Street Journal reported:
On her first day as President, Elizabeth Warren says she will “ban fracking—everywhere,” while putting a “total moratorium” on leases offshore and on federal lands. Ms. Warren has signed a pledge to refuse campaign contributions over $200 from the oil-and-gas industry. She’s a past sponsor of a Senate bill called the Keep It in the Ground Act. Yet…
…. A 2011 deed says [Warren’s husband] had sold his interest in “all of the oil, gas, and other minerals” under assorted pieces of land in Latimer County and Pittsburg County. The stated price was $5,000. The buyer? Alexander Warren, the Senator’s son. The deed is dated Aug. 19. It says the transfer of royalty was effective Sept. 1. Two weeks later, Sept. 14, Ms. Warren announced her Senate candidacy in Massachusetts.
There are more transfers in 2014, as Ms. Warren’s political profile was rising. “We are on the cusp of a climate crisis,” she told the Senate that March, “a point of no return that will threaten our health, our economy and our planet.” Two months later, deeds dated May 19 say Ms. Warren conveyed to her two children, Alexander and Amelia, her mineral rights for lands in Okfuskee County and Hughes County, amid the Woodford shale field in the state’s southeast.
One of those Hughes County parcels appears on oil-and-gas leases from June and July 2017, signed by Alexander and Amelia, along with Ms. Warren’s three brothers. The agreements allow exploration and drilling on an 80-acre plot in exchange for royalties on any potential output. The leases had an initial term of three years, so they would appear to remain in effect through this summer.
“Elizabeth and Bruce sold or transferred these mineral interests to her children several years ago,” a Warren campaign spokesman said. “Her children still own them. They generated a few hundred dollars a year.” How long did Ms. Warren and Mr. Mann receive these royalties? Were the amounts larger in the past? The campaign declined to say. For context, gas wells become less productive over time.
…What makes this curious is that it belies the purism of her presidential rhetoric. She speaks as if oil inevitably stains everything it touches. “We want to make real progress on climate?” Ms. Warren said at a November debate. “Then we have to start by attacking the corruption that gives the oil industry and other fossil-fuel industries a stranglehold over this country.” A month later she added: “The biggest climate problem we face is the politicians in Washington who keep saying the right thing but continue to take money from the oil industry.”
But back when she was a Harvard law professor, Ms. Warren and her husband cashed those gas checks—or at least they did until the month before she launched her Senate campaign. Once she entered public life, they apparently unloaded the inconvenient assets by transferring them to her children, who then endorsed an oil-and-gas lease that would be politically toxic if it carried Ms. Warren’s signature.
Asks Legal Insurrection: “Warren rails against oil and gas companies profiting from “pollution,” but it would appear she has no problem at all doing the same thing, even if it’s on a much smaller scale. Maybe a reporter should ask her at what financial point profiting from pollution becomes unacceptable? And in what way she thinks it acceptable for her to try to transfer “pollution” profits to her children just as she’s making a national name for herself as a green justice warrior?”
Why bother? Warren has posed as a Cherokee, she’s posed as a harassed employee, she’s posed as a discriminated-against expectant mother, and she’s posing as an environmental warrior. It’s obvious now what she is. All people have to do is open their eyes.
The other revealing bit of grandstanding was this tweet:
This is no more than an old fashioned call for class warfare, as well as a transparent rejection of a citizen’s right to use his whoever he desire. Warren is trying to poach Bernie’s ‘ Bolshevik vote. It’s none of Warren’s or government’s business whether the owner uses his wealth to buy a super-yacht, a South Seas island, clone a T-Rex or buy the Democratic nomination, but Warren wants it to be. Don’t spend your own money on approved projects and beneficiaries, and President Warren will see that its taken away from you. Her tweet is an appeal to base envy, and especially hypocritical for a woman whose wealth has been estimated to be as much as $10 million.
Use your own money to pay off some student loans, Senator.
As usual, Warren used a lower-common denominator argument, failing to take into consideration that the 100 million isn’t just sealed in the boat. Reporter Ryan Saavadra explained, in a counter-tweet, that all that money,
“…helps employ people who: -Designed it -Built it -Transported building materials -Manufactured building materials -Mined elements needed to make building materials -Etc… Those people get paid for their work, which allows them to live.”
Now here’s the funny part: Warren didn’t name the NFL team the yacht-happy owner owned, but it’s the Washington Redskins. You know, this team…