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Massachusetts Liberal

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Tempest in a teepee

Scott Brown is clearly anxious to talk about something other than his campaign benefactors. Elizabeth Warren is apparently eager to help.

The presumptive Democratic U.S Senate nominee poured gasoline on a fire started by Brown over Warren's listing herself as part Native-American in a law school directory:
“I listed myself in the directory in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group, something that might happen with people who are like I am,” Warren said. “Nothing like that ever happened, that was clearly not the use for it, and so I stopped checking it off.”
Brown, who was typically mum about a joint fund-raising effort with the National Republican Senatorial Committee that raked in financial service industries cash, was far more vocal about Warren's 1 /32 Cherokee heritage.
“I think that she needs to answer the questions that are still lingering out there that’s for sure,” Brown said.
Warren's clumsy response to the question feeds right into Brown's efforts to raise one of the GOP's classic hot button issues, affirmative action.  It is such a tempting target that Brown was happy to ignore the fact the taunt flies into the face of his long-time effort to paint Warren as an "elitist" professor.

There appears to be no evidence that Warren was hired on any basis other than her academic record. And genealogical searches for family roots drives many people, either as a serious quest or a hobby.

But Warren has done a horrible job in addressing what should have been a one-day sideshow launched by Brown. Opening the books on her hiring process would be a start.

Given the talent she has assembled, it may be a safe assumption she rejected their advice on how to respond.

If not, she needs some new blood, ethnic origin irrelevant.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should get rid of the check boxes. My recent ancestors (4-5 generations) hailed from Scandinavia but whenever possible I check African-American. This is based on most anthropological research that shows we all originated in Africa and I hope will lead to post racial America.

May 03, 2012 9:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Does she have any long-time Massachusetts residents working in the higher levels of her campaign staff? If not, she needs to hire some.
I'm not sure she understands the somewhat brash, cynical, "gotcha", class-war culture around here that well. In Mass, the problem is that there are like 10 social classes, and they all hate eachother. It's a minefield.

May 03, 2012 11:38 AM  

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