The Corner

Warren Offers Silent Defense of Equal Pay Act

One of the thing that struck me most about Elizabeth Warren’s performance in tonight’s debate was something she didn’t say. In a tense back-and-forth about Brown’s vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (a bill I wrote about a few moths ago), she insisted that his vote against the legislation demonstrated disregard for women, poor people, the working class, etc. Brown made a pretty sensible response: The legislation was bad news, it wouldn’t really help women, and it would be a huge giveaway to trial attorneys. 

Warren didn’t respond with any sort of defense of the specifics of the defeated bill, which was probably a good move, since the legislation was pretty indefensible. That non-response wasn’t surprising, and suggests that a Senator Warren would take the classic Democrat approach to presumed social ills: reflexive government intervention. It’s a good thing Brown was in the Senate to vote against Democrats’ strategic politics and terrible policy. 

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