GREGG FEARS WARREN’S COMMITMENT TO ‘SOCIAL JUSTICE’…. Back in March, deranged media personality Glenn Beck launched a crusade of sorts against houses of worship that make a commitment to “social justice.” To Beck, the phrase is some kind of “code” for, among other things, “Marxism.”

Apparently, fear of “social justice” is spreading in conservative circles.

A top Republican on financial issues said Thursday he was concerned that Elizabeth Warren would use a position in a new consumer protection agency to promote “social justice.”

Gregg, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and a senior member of the Banking Committee, expressed dismay at President Obama’s decision to tap Warren as a key “adviser” to help set up the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency established in the Wall Street reform bill.

“My concern is that she would use the agency for the purpose of promoting social justice,” Gregg said on ABC’s “Top Line” webcast.

Maybe someone can remind me — what’s so bad about social justice?

In this context, I suspect Gregg is talking about Warren’s career protecting the rights and interests of consumers. She’s developed a well-deserved reputation for going after abusive corporate practices — shining a bright light, for example, on deceptive and unfair lending practices — and looking out for the kind of families conservative Republicans prefer to ignore.

If “social justice” means a commitment to those who too often fall victim to abuses and corporate irresponsibility, don’t we want more officials interested in “social justice,” not fewer?

Gregg, one of the alleged reasonable Republicans who Democrats are supposed to be able to work with, condemned the White House’s new role for Warren, calling it a “terrible adulteration of the process.”

Actually, Judd, the “terrible adulteration of the process” came when Republican broke the confirmation system. The White House wouldn’t have to find workarounds if the GOP hadn’t left the Senate as such a dysfunctional embarrassment.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.