If Elizabeth Warren isn’t busy lying in one moment, she’s working overtime to be a hypocrite in another. She’s accusing President Trump of racially unjust speech in one minute and apologizing for pretending to be a Native American (for thirty years) in the next. She’s railing against bad healthcare solutions in one minute, and then admitting she can’t pay for her own in the next. She’s blasting school choice while sending her own children to expensive private schools. It’s been a while since someone this transparently phony ran for president.
This week, Warren was caught once again projecting her own sins onto her Democratic opponents. In one the last debate’s most heated moments, Warren called out Pete Buttigieg for holding a fundraiser inside a Napa Valley “wine cave,” as if this were the very height of undemocratic, rich, “Eyes Wide Shut” weirdness.
“We made the decision many years ago that rich people in smoke-filled rooms would not pick the next president of the United States,” Warren said. “Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president of the United States.”
Buttigieg fired back, telling Warren that she was “issuing purity tests you cannot pass.”
Turns out, he was dead on the money.
From the Washington Examiner:
Federal Election Commission records show Warren’s political action committee, PAC for a Level Playing Field, and her Senate joint fundraising committee enjoyed at least four events at New York City’s Gramercy Tavern, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan co-owned by celebrity chef Danny Meyer. Both of the Warren-affiliated organizations paid thousands of dollars to the restaurant for reception and catering expenses between December 2014 and October 2017.
A dinner at the restaurant’s main dining room runs $134 for a three-course tasting menu — and that’s before the wine. While customers can find wines such as the Chilean white La Ruptura at $48, Gramercy Tavern’s 34-page wine list also offers bottles of Burgundies costing $6,600, such as Domaine Coche-Dury’s 2013 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru.
The Warren campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
These days, Warren isn’t so much denying her past reliance on high-dollar fundraisers as she is characterizing her campaign as a kind of atonement for those days. She’s saying, essentially, “I’ve reformed my ways, now I can sit up here on my high horse and criticize the rest of you for doing exactly what I was doing up until five minutes ago!”
How anyone can stand this level of hypocritical moralizing is beyond us, but if it gets the Democratic Party to swear off raising money…well, hell, we’re all for it!