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Monday, May 21, 2012

Operation Cheekbones

If only conservatives really cared out Native-Americans as much as they do about defeating Elizabeth Warren.

The Boston Herald has been on the warpath over the likely Democratic challenger to Scott Brown and her belief that she has 1/32 Cherokee blood. The obsession has bordered on ludicrous, digging into a family cookbook in an attempt to keep the story alive.

But today's installment in manufacturing controversy heads into new ground, even for the Tea Party Newsletter, ignoring polls that show the public isn't looking for her scalp in this "crisis."

There is little question that Warren mishandled her initial response and has allowed the critics free rein to continue the diversion. And conservatives make a good case that the quest for diversity in academia should also make liberals a bit uneasy.

But manufacturing a story that Warren is a fatally wounded candidate -- in defiance of evidence to date that suggest otherwise -- can only be called a diversion aimed to take the spotlight off Brown and his own record.

Virtually every human being is curious about his or her roots and tracking them down is not easy. Family folklore often suffices in the absence of documented evidence. Stories passed down by generations is a natural phenomenon, and stories inevitably mutate over time.

But these stories are not more important than the issues this nation faces.

This is a pivotal election that should focus on the record of both Barack Obama and Congress. Brown has clearly staked himself out as a friend of the Wall Street community, while Warren is viewed by that same group as the devil incarnate.

The Herald-led crusade is clearly designed as a piece of the conservative thrust of inflaming class, race and gender tensions that takes our minds over real problems. It has nothing to do with remedies to what ails us and everything to do with exploiting tensions that allow the status quo to continue.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad that both sides will be using cheap and dirty tactics that prevent discussion of the direction that the country is taking. But the Dems would have still been harping about Romney putting a dog on the roof if Barack hadn't run into his own faux paws and now they figure bringing up pets isn't such a good idea. We have only begun to see the worst of it, from both camps because the civility in politics reflects the lack of civility in society - road rage etc. We can only hope our own picks don't become so disgusting they make you cringe and become less worthy of our support.

May 21, 2012 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warren was the one that "checked a box" and got herself listed as a minority in the law directory.

Warren is the one who let two universities trumpet her as a minority, and Harvard even included her in their EEOC filings. She should have said something.

The most telling bit of circumstantial evidence is that Warren is the only Harvard Law professor not from a top ten Law school. Rutgers Law is #82. In fact she is one of only two non- top ten Law School grads who are professors in the Ivy League. She is the only Rutgers Law grad who is a professor other than Rutgers. It jsut seems a little odd that one of the world's most exclusive clubs all of sudden admits someone way out of their normal profile.

I think it's a legtimate issue. She said something for which there was no evidence, and she's a law professor.

PS Her research is suspect as well.

May 21, 2012 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Anon 2 I heard that Warren uses Egg Beaters in her baking, claiming that she uses fresh whole eggs. Let's dismiss her for lying about that.

May 21, 2012 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that we both agree she's a liar, I don't think there's anything left to argue over,

May 21, 2012 9:34 PM  

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