Because this Cherokee thing is getting to the point where I’m starting to feel… pity.
No, wait, that’s just worry that the Democrats will substitute somebody with an actual clue.
Because MA Democratic party spokesmen are starting to talk about how they’re not even talking about replacing Ms. Warren somehow. For those unfamiliar with the rough-and-tumble of political campaigns – which is to say, people like Elizabeth Warren – this is the first warning sign that the leadership of a political party is quietly talking about replacing a substandard candidate somehow. So… maybe it’s time to let things simmer, as it were.
Yes, I am fully cognizant of the counter-argument that you don’t want to let up on a wounded opposing candidate, but there is the niggling detail that Elizabeth Warren is not yet officially the candidate. The Democrats could conceivably still blitz an alternative that can gather the signatures for the June 5th deadline and get the 15% of delegates necessary at the June 2nd convention to get on the September primary ballot*; and if there’s too much panic, they probably will. The only reason that they haven’t, yet, is because Warren has a lot of money and her major primary opponent wants to use the MA-SEN race to argue about how we need single-payer health care; given that Scott Brown won successfully on being the sixtieth vote against Obamacare, you can imagine just how well that particular policy position sits with the MA Democratic brass. But the Democrats can still decide that they might as well take a chance, so hey: let’s be careful out there. (more…)
Erick got in a couple of good digs in about the revelation that Barack Obama’s own press agents had lied by advertising Obama as being Kenyan-born for a decade (for the record: I am as hard on Birthers here as we are on RedState, and we ban Birthers on sight at RedState), so read the whole thing. A taste:
Barack Obama embellishing his biography to make himself look unique? Hardly worthy of press attention. In fact, nothing Barack Obama has done suggesting serious character flaws — and that’s what this is about — is ever worth the media’s collective attention. Why? Because some people think Barack Obama was born in Kenya, but much of the press corps is pretty damn sure he was born in Bethlehem.
…may now politically die by them.
And how tragic, if that ends up being the case. Come, I will conceal nothing from you: this Twila Barnes individual comes across as having a chip on her shoulder, her nose out of joint, sore elbows from all the jabbing that she does with them, a permanent restless tremor in her knee, and… :snapping fingers: a perfectly toned spleen from all the exercise Barnes gives it! Betcha thought I couldn’t come up with another body-themed descriptor there, huh?
Also: the new character assassination term of art is “Fauxcahontis.” Please update accordingly.
Yeah, when’s that primary in Massachusetts, again? Because the general election is going to be a trip:
…the most stunning discovery about the life of O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford is that her husband, Ms. Warren’s great-great-great grandfather, was apparently a member of the Tennessee Militia who rounded up Cherokees from their family homes in the Southeastern United States and herded them into government-built stockades in what was then called Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga), Tennessee—the point of origin for the horrific Trail of Tears, which began in January, 1837.
In case you were wondering: O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford is Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Cherokee’ ancestor; and by ‘Cherokee’ I mean ‘actually probably Swedish.’ See AoSHQ for more. Also, see Legal Insurrection for the original revelation. (more…)
Clearly I should have been claiming to be a minority blogger for lo, all these many years. Or college student. Or worker. Or anywhere else where it would have given me a leg up. – Because apparently people don’t bother to check, unless you run for office.
Hey, can I apply for my status now, and get all the retroactive benefits? It turns out that I don’t mind at all being paid extra for stuff that I’ve already earned on my own merits.
PS: Elizabeth Warren wants all you palefaces to know that it’s sexist to bring up her Cherokee ancestry[*]. Don’t try to think too hard about that: it’ll just give you a headache.
[*I had it pointed out to me in comments that the original Boston Herald link wasn't the right Boston Herald link, which it was not; fortunately, Hot Air saved me about twenty minutes of searching for it (heck, that's probably where I saw it first). My bad, link fixed, and if you want to take HA's position that this...
Once again, the qualifications and ability of a woman are being called into question by Scott Brown who did the same thing with the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan. It’s outrageous.”
...is Warren saying that it's sexist to bring up her claims of Cherokee ancestry that's fine; that's probably a more nuanced take anyway.]
Alternate title: I was wrong about Elizabeth Warren.
I hate to admit being wrong, of course, but I’m pretty much stuck here. You see, last week I RedHotted a post where in passing I more or less indicated that I didn’t think that it was particularly fair to ding MA senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren for her claims of Native American ancestry. When I read the story, it seemed that she had merely repeated it as an anecdote from her family history – which is to say, something that I’ve done myself (family history claims a Huron great-grandmother; I have no evidence whatsoever for this). I also didn’t really think that it was all that big a deal that Harvard University was claiming minority status for her for a time; universities do weird things for publicity, she wasn’t running for office when it happened, and besides, Harvard stopped doing that a while back anyway. I figured that there were more important things that I could be doing with my time.
Well. This is what happens when you trust the ethical sense of a progressive politician. It turns out that Elizabeth Warren in fact claimed minority status: specifically, in the “Association of American Law Schools’ annual directory of minority law teachers” (H/T: @CoonDawg68) from 1986 to 1995 (more about this at The Volokh Conspiracy (via Instapundit), which also has some interesting details about ‘racial fraud’ as a legal concept in Massachusetts). As the Boston Herald helpfully notes, universities would have had access to this information… which, presumably, would include their hiring committees. Are we really expected to believe that Harvard University didn’t consult the AALS minority directory as part of their vetting process? In fact, are really expected to believe that the University of Pennsylvania didn’t, either? – Because I don’t, and that means, again, that I was wrong. And I’m sorry about that.
Here’s the preliminary: Elizabeth Warren is apparently getting knocked for doing something that I’ve done: to wit, reference an uncorroborated family history that has her having a Native American ancestor. I have zero interest in knocking her for it, UNLESS it turns out that she deliberately lied about it, or used it to gain special treatment; and no, I don’t think that letting Harvard mention it in the school paper counts.
You may recall that in October of 2011 Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren claimed partial ownership of the entire Occupy Wall Street phenomenon. Specifically, Warren claimed that she had “created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do…”
So, I have to ask: which part of said foundation is her handiwork? Is it the unicorn?
…Or the decapitated cop spraying blood?
PS: As God is my witness, I did not create that picture.
Or at least unpatriotic. Either way… somebody’s not practicing what she’s preaching:
Having criticized her Republican opponent for voting against a millionaires’ tax measure, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren said here Friday that she opted not to pay a voluntary higher tax rate in Massachusetts.
No, really, that’s what she said. The exact statement was “I want to see the president evolve [on same-sex marriage] because I believe that is right; marriage equality is morally right…” – with the implication being that anybody who does not support same-sex marriage is not, ah, fully evolved.
Funny thing about that.