As Elizabeth Warren's campaign seems to be crumbling, I can't help but admit I'm glad. Very glad. Sure, her policies are terrible, but it's more than that.
In His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus of Nazareth instructed his hearers that they would be able to distinguish false prophets from godly ones by observing their "fruits." That is, take notice of what a man's life produces to get a good read on the state of his heart.
Applying that principle, and its companion Scriptural admonition that "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks," I feel comfortable in saying Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is just not a good person.
I don't mean her flawed worldview or the manifest ways she is misguided on issues that really matter. A person can be horrifically wrong on policy, be ideologically askew, yet have a life and speech that still reveal them to be a good-hearted, well-intentioned soul. From political figures like Tulsi Gabbard to entertainment icons like Ellen DeGeneres, there are plenty of people who come to mind.
But since achieving a reasonable standard of public notoriety after launching her presidential campaign, Senator Warren has frequently revealed herself to be someone suffering from a disappointing lack of grace and personal charity.
Months ago, Warren bellowed out a derogatory and condescending mockery of people with Biblical values. When asked how she would handle someone who expressed to her their belief in a Christian sexual ethic, Warren chided that she could only assume such a person would have to be, "a guy who said that." To a smattering of chuckles, she then questioned whether such a man could even find a woman to marry given how undesirable his beliefs would make him. The answer wasn't particularly coherent, but what made waves was the flippant and dismissive regard Warren displayed for those who disagree with her.
Months before that, she smeared the sitting Vice President as being dishonorable, stating to MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski,
"Anyone who engages in the kind of homophobia and attacks on people who are different from himself is not an honorable person. That's not what honorable people do."
Of course, as one of the most mild-mannered and even-tempered men in the history of American politics, Mike Pence has never been guilty of "attacking" people who are different than him. Remember it was Pence who, despite his many disagreements with Warren's rival Pete Buttigieg, was the first to call the Mayor when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. That's the kind of fruit you see from a good person – something even Buttigieg, who has used Pence as a punching bag to elevate his personal profile, has admitted.
So in a very real way, by slandering the Vice President without cause, Warren is failing her own standard. She's the one guilty of "attacks on people who are different" than her. And it's not getting any better.
Desperately looking for some way to revive her sinking candidacy, Warren was out again recently hurling snide insults at Pence without provocation:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told a voter that she "already has a dog" when the 2020 White House hopeful was asked about her choice to replace Vice President Pence.
The voter asked Warren at a town hall in Lebanon, N.H., on Sunday if she ever whispers to her dog Bailey, "Who is going to be my Mike Pence?"
"I already have a dog," Warren responded.
While there's always been an air of childish petulance about the insults that regularly emanate from the lips of our current president, Senator Warren exudes something different. Something that could perhaps be best described as an air of mean-spiritedness.
Each of the remaining Democrats have their own notable characteristics that have emerged under the bright lights of a closely followed campaign – Biden's inarticulate confusion, Sanders' lack of intellectual curiosity, Buttigieg's stiffness and insecurity, Bloomberg and Steyers' lack of all discernible personal relations skills.
But none seem to have the abrasiveness of Elizabeth Warren – a woman whose fruit has been revealed to be just plain rotten.