The “Indian wars” return to Massachusetts

by Datechguy | May 31st, 2012

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The "Indian wars" return to Massachusetts

More news from the For­mer Obama Admin­is­tra­tion offi­cial Eliz­a­beth War­ren front:

The state’s Demo­c­ra­tic Party chair­man, John Walsh, now pre­dicts attor­ney Marisa DeFranco, who is chal­leng­ing War­ren for the nom­i­na­tion, “will get the needed votes, set­ting up a pri­mary con­test that few Democ­rats expected and some hoped to avoid.” That’s sig­nif­i­cant, as it height­ens an already sig­nif­i­cant split in the state Demo­c­rat Party that may already weaken War­ren in any head-​on chal­lenge of incum­bent Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Scott Walker. A grow­ing num­ber of Mass­a­chu­setts Democ­rats are mak­ing it known they want War­ren to prove her­self capa­ble of meet­ing a chal­lenge, not just slam­ming doors in the faces of a swirling media.

That’s Dan Riehl, Michael Patrick Leahy notes Move On is even more wor­ried:

The Wash­ing­ton Exam­iner reports today that even the left wing group Moveon​.org is admit­ting they may have to pull the plug on the Eliz­a­beth War­ren campaign.

Though the arti­cle quotes Moveon​.org offi­cials as plac­ing their pos­si­ble aban­don­ment of War­ren in the con­text of an over­all decline in con­tri­bu­tions, the guarded phras­ing sounds on omi­nous tone for the belea­guered Mass­a­chu­setts Demo­c­rat and can­di­date for U.S. Sen­ate, who this week­end faces a grass-​roots chal­lenge from feisty immi­gra­tion attor­ney Marisa DeFranco.

This is not even JUNE and Move On is cut­ting and running?

This was the race that the MSM was focus­ing on, this was the race that the left con­sid­ered it’s best shot in the Sen­ate and this is what we are seeing

Mean­while today on the WCRN morn­ing show with Hank Stolz & Sher­man Whit­man the con­ver­sa­tion turned to this Globe story:

Demo­c­ra­tic Sen­ate can­di­date Eliz­a­beth War­ren acknowl­edged for the first time late Wednes­day night that she told Har­vard Uni­ver­sity and the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia that she was Native Amer­i­can, but she con­tin­ued to insist that race played no role in her recruitment.

At some point after I was hired by them, I … pro­vided that infor­ma­tion to the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia and Har­vard,’’ she said in a state­ment issued by her cam­paign. “My Native Amer­i­can her­itage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it.’’

What Hank & Sher­man pointed out was the move­ment of this story to the Globe meant that a seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion could no longer pre­tend it was not a story.

Now frankly I don’t fault For­mer Obama Admin­is­tra­tion Offi­cial Eliz­a­beth War­ren for believ­ing what her mother told her, as I’ve said I’m told my wife’s fam­ily has Sioux Indian and I haven’t launched a foren­sic exam­i­na­tion con­cern­ing it. What makes this story a story in my mind is two things:

1 Warren’s dodg­ing of the issue

2. And the appar­ent mis­use use of a pro­gram (affir­ma­tive action) meant to aid peo­ple who are disadvantaged

It’s very sim­ple, if you believe

A) For­mer Obama Admin­is­tra­tion Offi­cial Eliz­a­beth War­ren is an eth­nic minority

AND

B) Affir­ma­tive action to give eth­nic minori­ties an advan­tage in hir­ing etc is right.

Then you should have no prob­lem with any­thing she did other than per­haps dodg­ing the ques­tion and per­haps uncheck­ing the box post 1995.

If you dis­be­lieve either of these things how­ever then there is a prob­lem and I sus­pect a major­ity of the peo­ple in Mass­a­chu­setts will doubt one or the other.

No mat­ter what you think For­mer Obama Admin­is­tra­tion Offi­cial Eliz­a­beth Warren’s ances­try is there is going to be only one win­ner in this Indian War and it won’t be the Democrats.

Update: How bad can it get for Liz War­ren? This bad:

A group of pro­test­ers led by Chero­kee Indi­ans upset about Demo­c­ra­tic U.S. Sen­ate can­di­date Eliz­a­beth Warren’s her­itage claims are plan­ning to protest out­side the state Demo­c­ra­tic Con­ven­tion in Spring­field on Saturday.

If it’s not time for the War­ren cam­paign to begin pan­ick­ing, it’s pretty damn close

More news from the Former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren front:

The state’s Democratic Party chairman, John Walsh, now predicts attorney Marisa DeFranco, who is challenging Warren for the nomination, “will get the needed votes, setting up a primary contest that few Democrats expected and some hoped to avoid.” That’s significant, as it heightens an already significant split in the state Democrat Party that may already weaken Warren in any head-on challenge of incumbent Republican Senator Scott Walker. A growing number of Massachusetts Democrats are making it known they want Warren to prove herself capable of meeting a challenge, not just slamming doors in the faces of a swirling media.

That’s Dan Riehl, Michael Patrick Leahy notes Move On is even more worried:

The Washington Examiner reports today that even the left wing group Moveon.org is admitting they may have to pull the plug on the Elizabeth Warren campaign.

Though the article quotes Moveon.org officials as placing their possible abandonment of Warren in the context of an overall decline in contributions, the guarded phrasing sounds on ominous tone for the beleaguered Massachusetts Democrat and candidate for U.S. Senate, who this weekend faces a grass-roots challenge from feisty immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco.

This is not even JUNE and Move On is cutting and running?

This was the race that the MSM was focusing on, this was the race that the left considered it’s best shot in the Senate and this is what we are seeing

Meanwhile today on the WCRN morning show with Hank Stolz & Sherman Whitman the conversation turned to this Globe story:

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren acknowledged for the first time late Wednesday night that she told Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was Native American, but she continued to insist that race played no role in her recruitment.

“At some point after I was hired by them, I . . . provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,’’ she said in a statement issued by her campaign. “My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it.’’

What Hank & Sherman pointed out was the movement of this story to the Globe meant that a segment of the population could no longer pretend it was not a story.

Now frankly I don’t fault Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren for believing what her mother told her, as I’ve said I’m told my wife’s family has Sioux Indian and I haven’t launched a forensic examination concerning it. What makes this story a story in my mind is two things:

1 Warren’s dodging of the issue

2. And the apparent misuse use of a program (affirmative action) meant to aid people who are disadvantaged

It’s very simple, if you believe

A) Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren is an ethnic minority

AND

B) Affirmative action to give ethnic minorities an advantage in hiring etc is right.

Then you should have no problem with anything she did other than perhaps dodging the question and perhaps unchecking the box post 1995.

If you disbelieve either of these things however then there is a problem and I suspect a majority of the people in Massachusetts will doubt one or the other.

No matter what you think Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry is there is going to be only one winner in this Indian War and it won’t be the Democrats.

Update: How bad can it get for Liz Warren? This bad:

A group of protesters led by Cherokee Indians upset about Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s heritage claims are planning to protest outside the state Democratic Convention in Springfield on Saturday.

If it’s not time for the Warren campaign to begin panicking, it’s pretty damn close

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