Six hundred and ninety-one days ago, Elizabeth Warren was testifying before the Senate Oversite Committee. She was then acting as an adviser to the Obama administration, helping establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren was the logical and obvious choice to head that agency, but the Wall Street lobby adamantly opposed her. That, of course, meant Republicans in Congress also opposed her. In fact, something like four dozen Republican Senators wrote a letter to President Obama vowing to oppose any candidate of any political party nominated to head the agency.
Before the hearing, Ms. Warren had notified the committee that she’d only be available for an hour because of a previously scheduled appointment. When she reminded committee members of that conflict during her testimony, Senator Patrick McHenry (Republican Asshole, North Carolina) accused her of lying. “You’re making that up,” he said.
You can see the shock of the accusation registered on her face. This morning, though, she had a completely different look on her face. Here is freshman Senator Elizabeth Warren being sworn in today as the first woman Senator from Massachusetts.
Sen. Warren has been assigned to the Senate Banking Committee. That’s right, she’s going to be monitoring the activities of Wall Street. She’ll be seated at the same panel with Richard Shelby (Republican Asshole, Alabama), one of the group of Republican Senators who wrote the letter to the president swearing to oppose her and any other nominee to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The irony is delicious.