Ideological purity can absolutely be a powerful and admirable asset, something that can protect others from making egregious errors in judgment. The #NeverTrump and the Bernie or Bust movements tried in vain to stop the nominations of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but there were valiant fights worth waging. But there is a fine line between conviction and pure pettiness, and the latter is abundantly on display with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her objection to the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill with widespread bipartisan support and public approval that will go a long way toward combating opioid addiction. A stark contrast to how her Massachusetts forebear would have handled the matter. –
Warren occupies the seat once held by Ted Kennedy, one of the toughest but most uncommonly fair negotiators ever to serve in the U.S. Senate. Try to picture Kennedy walking away from an agreement that would benefit both his home state and patients and families seeking therapies and cures for disease — and that has the backing of many in his own party leadership, including the president, at a time when his party is out of power.
How far we have fallen.
How far, indeed. That Warren may be the Democratic Party’s only hope of reclaiming the White House in 2020 speaks to this decline …