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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Chopped

Scott Brown says he is now, well, red-faced, after the principal chief of Cherokee Nation called him out on his staff's mockery of Elizabeth Warren.
“The conduct of these individuals goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper in political discourse,” the chief, Bill John Baker, said in a statement. “The use of stereotypical ‘war whoop chants’ and ‘tomahawk chops’ are offensive and downright racist. It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all native peoples.”
Brown offered a statement of regret through a spokesman, declaring:
“Senator Brown has spoken to his entire staff – including the individuals involved in this unacceptable behavior – and issued them their one and only warning that this type of conduct will not be tolerated. As we enter the final stretch of this campaign, emotions are running high, and while Senator Brown can’t control everyone, he is encouraging both sides to act with respect. He regrets that members of his staff did not live up to the high standards that the people of Massachusetts expect and deserve.” 
But the staff behaving badly episode is overshadowing Brown's own words during last Thursday night's debate, an issue raised by Brown nemesis Rachel Maddow about Brown's personal challenge to Warren's veracity,(around 0:25):
"Professor Warren claimed she was a Native-American, a person of color and as you can see, she is not."
Maddow leveled both barrels at Sen. No More Mr. Nice Guy, noting Brown was:
“... declaring himself the authority on Warren’s heritage based on how white she looks to him. Brown is confident just asserting that Warren is not Native American. He can tell. Can he smell it?”
Brown needs to address how he can make such assessments, given the fact that Baker, who is 1/32 Cherokee, would apparently meet the senator's eyesight test.

Senator Barn Coat is knee-deep in the muck and sinking fast.

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