With friends like these...
a review of Warren's early scholarship and interviews with more than 20 friends and colleagues from her high school years through her academic career reveal a longer conservative track record that has not been fully explored. Warren's conservatism centered not on social issues like abortion or gay rights, friends say, but on economic policy, the dominant focus of her academic work and now her presidential candidacy.
Katrina Harry, one of Warren's best friends in high school in Oklahoma, remembers that she and Warren "talked politics a lot, taxes and welfare and such, and I was just a flaming liberal back then." Harry adds, "Liz was a diehard conservative in those days. ... Now we've swapped -- a 180-degree turn and an about-face."
"Liz was sometimes surprisingly anti-consumer in her attitude," says law professor Calvin Johnson, a colleague of Warren's at the University of Texas at Austin in the early 1980s, who was also her neighbor and carpooled with Warren and her husband, Bruce Mann.
"I remember the first time I became aware of her as a political person and heard her speak, I almost fell off my chair," says Rutgers law professor Gary Francione, who was a colleague of Warren's at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1980s. "She's definitely changed. It's absolutely clear that something happened."
"If you had to pick a professor at Harvard to become a progressive icon in a decade," says Angela Littwin, a UT Law Professor and protege of Warre, "she wouldn't have even been on the short list."