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    Stuck in Elizabethville

    Stuck in Elizabethville

    That seems to be the attitude of Massachusetts Democrats, as reported by The Boston Herald:

    Bay State Democrats are standing by their woman, saying they’re confident in embattled Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren — now three weeks into a persistent scandal over her claims of Native American heritage — though critics say she’ll arrive at her party’s state convention next month battered by it.

    “This is a race that is a dead heat,” said state Democratic Party chairman John Walsh, citing a recent poll and insisting the flap has had no effect on Warren’s standing as the party’s front-runner. He said no one is talking about replacing her. “It’s not a sentiment that is out there at all.”

    “The Democratic Party is really stuck,” countered University of New Hampshire political science professor Andrew Smith. “They essentially cleared the path for her as a candidate, and they can’t get rid of her now. She could conceivably drop out, but I doubt that will be the case, and I doubt the party will try to push her aside.”

    Being stuck in Elizabethville is neither literally nor figuratively correct.

    First, there is another Democratic candidate, Marisa DeFranco.  Second, as Ed Morrissey points out, since when have Democrats bothered with rules; just massage the process to give someone else a chance to run.

    Massachusetts Democrats need to understand that the Cherokee issue is not going to go away:

    Even though the questions on her ancestry won’t go away, Elizabeth Warren  continues to ignore the fact that this is an issue that we would like her to  address. I guess we Cherokees, the very people she claimed to be, don’t really  matter to her unless she can use us to get what she wants out of life. I have  thought about what she needed to say to end this matter. I wondered if she could  end this and manage to get out of it gracefully and with some dignity intact. I  believe she could have, had she have dealt with this immediately, but she  didn’t….

    Unfortunately, Elizabeth Warren continues to see her false claims of Indian  ancestry as a non-issue. Because of this, I have no option but to continue to  condemn both her claim and her failure to acknowledge that she has insulted and  disrespected the Cherokee people, the Native American population and the  American public.

    There is more to come.  Trust me on that one.

    Update:  You know she’s in trouble when she’s losing Boston Magazine, Elizabeth Warren: The Cherokee Fable That Won’t Go Away:

    If Warren doesn’t somehow own up, this mess, and not just her recipes in Pow Wow Chow, may leave a bad taste in voters’ mouths in November … if she makes it that far. It is on the verge of becoming part of how voters internalize her persona, like when Martha Coakley called Curt Schilling a Yankee fan. It showed that Coakley was clueless and a bit of a detached elitist. That’s what is now at stake for Warren.


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    When Frank Lautenberg, senator form NJ, retired a few years ago, the democrat that ran to replace him was doing very poorly in poling against the republican candidate. So the dems dumped their nominee and ran Lautenberg in his place. Lautenberg won and remains a part of the permanent political class that we all love and trust so very much.

      Neo in reply to Towson Lawyer. | May 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Yeah. Bob “The Torch” Torricelli was looking at an indictment.
      The Democrats got the New Jersey Supremes to utterly ignore the law on filing dates to get Frank Lautenberg, who had so completely retired that they named a train station after him, to run in his stead.

    janitor | May 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Yup, well, Warren is following the sound con man advice. No matter how extreme the lie, no matter how unassailable the proof otherwise, just stick to it. Because if you show ANY weakness or back-peddling or excuse-making, they’ll go for blood, whereas if you just blatantly keep repeating the falsehood, eyes might widen, but no one really knows how to handle that. Keep repeating it, and the need of people to believe that others are sane will have them doubting themselves instead. And after a while, having got you to not budge a whit, they will give up.

    Cassie | May 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    “There is more to come. Trust me on that one.”


    I am a Democrat and that statement just gave me a really bad feeling in the pit of my stomach. Egads, what more is there to come???

    Maybe I should just stop reading this blog…oh, the horror of watching the Democrats slowly hang themselves on this one, and all the conservatives keep doing is just handing them more rope…and laughing.

    It’s like a train wreck, I can’t look away.

      gs in reply to Cassie. | May 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      1. To, um, reach across the aisle, Cassie, I feel your pain. For a quarter-century I’ve been watching smug Republicans squander the Reagan legacy.

      2. It should be a consolation to you—it’s the opposite to me—that it’s not the Democrats who are called the Stupid Party.

      3. The Intrade odds on the race are pretty much dead even. MA has elected bigger scoundrels than Warren to high office, and I don’t mean just Teddy Kennedy. Even against a self-destructive candidate like Martha Coakley, Brown only won by five points. That was with all-out support from a Tea Party which, very foolishly IMO, Brown has since proceeded to ignore: an arrogant omission which is far worse than not voting their way.

      4. Btw, yours truly drew attention to the potential analogy with NJ almost two weeks ago.

    The vast right wing conspiracy is so vast that before Paleface Warren was ever born we knew that it was a lie to claim Cherokee heritage where there is none.

    Anchovy | May 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    She needs to point out to the good citizens of Boston that the people who dumped a load of tea into Boston harbor weren’t real Indians either and, because she is a woman, she shouldn’t be held to a higher standard.

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