Sometimes in Washington, even bad public relations can be good politics.

While the showdown this week between Rep. Patrick McHenry and Elizabeth Warren may have made the North Carolina Republican appear like a bully to many observers, analysts said personally attacking the de facto head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a smart political strategy for the GOP. It is likely to help with their fundraising efforts on Wall Street and plays well to the Republican base fearful of an overzealous government.

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