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Opinion Elizabeth Warren is a grandstanding phony

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was right to invoke Rule 19 against Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for her personal harangue against her “friend and colleague” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Dignity is flowing out of Washington and Warren is doing more than her part as she desperately tries to prove she isn’t just another tiresome Hillary Clinton. What a pretentious, grandstanding phony.

Warren is likely running for president in 2020, and she is trying to rally the embittered left and Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) crowd to her side. And her stunt disparaging now-Attorney General Sessions on the Senate floor, plus her tweet threatening that “If Jeff Sessions makes even the tiniest attempt to bring his racism, sexism & bigotry into @TheJusticeDept, he’ll hear from all of us” is a little much, even allowing for a shallow, pandering candidate’s sad attempts to crowd into the news cycle. Is Warren really the guardian of all that is fair and just and the defender of the oppressed? Since when?

Speaking as a proud Alabamian, trust me when I say that people from the state hate being screamed at about being bigots by someone from Massachusetts. This is nothing new. Anytime the left feels backed into a corner by Republicans or are having trouble defending their own actions, they yell “racism” — especially if their target happens to be a white, Southern, Christian Republican. They go straight to race quicker than you can say “Pocahontas.”

Are we going to have to endure this every week while Warren runs her pre-campaign for president and performs stunts to help her fundraising? I guess she knows she can’t be effective, so she’s going to settle for being insulting and loud.

Elizabeth Warren was stopped from speaking on the Senate floor about Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions on Feb. 7. (Video: Reuters)

It’s a sad day when a U.S. senator is hailed by the left for violating the rules and acting without a shred of decorum. But today this is what the Democrats consider a “victory”: A personal, hypocritical attack on someone they have been warm with and greeted in the hallways as a peer for the past 20 years. And, Sessions’s able and extraordinary replacement, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, should pay particular attention to the senator from Massachusetts and greet her sure-to-come friendly overtures and cozy shoulder rubbing for what they really are — political cowardice and relentless ambition that is a mile wide and an inch deep.

I don’t mean to give advice, but these events should suggest something to the Democrats about how egotistical, artificial and selfishly driven Warren really is. She should be embarrassed, and the Democrats should keep looking for someone authentic.