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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Heavens to Betsy

One fact clearly emerges from today's Boston Globe look at Elizabeth Warren's heritage. The Herald has it wrong in calling her Liz.

Warren's brothers -- Don, John and David Herring -- succinctly sum up the tempest in a tea pot launched by Scott Brown in questioning his Democratic rival's ancestry:
“The people attacking Betsy and our family don’t know much about either. We grew up listening to our mother and grandmother and other relatives talk about our family’s Cherokee and Delaware heritage. They’ve passed away now, but they’d be angry if they were around today listening to all this.”
Warren has long refused to go into detail about her past and her identity, but Sally Jacobs offers what is hopefully the last word on this superficial distraction designed to avoid talking about Brown's record as a defender of Wall Street and an opponent of women's rights.

There appears to be almost as much confusion in Warren's family over an ethnic identity that was once shunned as there is in Brown's family about his recollections of abuse.

Warren has had the good sense and decency not to call Brown a fake anything. Although she has lots more evidence when it comes to Brown's pro-woman claims.

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