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    We know what Elizabeth Warren is running for, but what is she running from?

    We know what Elizabeth Warren is running for, but what is she running from?

    I wasn’t going to do an Elizabeth Warren post today.  Really.

    But in my in-box was a link to this story at The Boston Herald, Elizabeth Warren shuts door on Herald’s inquiry (video at the link):

    Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren, in a sequel to an awkward on-camera encounter this week about her claim to Native American heritage, bolted from a campaign event yesterday, refusing to answer a Herald reporter’s questions about the controversy.

    Moments after giving the keynote speech at the Young Democrats of Massachusetts convention, Warren and her handlers hustled out a rear exit of the SEIU 1199 offices in Dorchester. She climbed into the passenger side of an SUV and closed the door as a Herald reporter asked her a question and a photographer rolled video….

    Yesterday’s SUV exit evoked memories of the great escape U.S. Sen. John Kerry pulled off in the summer of 2010, when he slammed a car door on a pack of newshounds eager to know how he would pony up the Massachusetts taxes on a $7 million yacht he’d docked in Rhode Island.

    This whole Cherokee high cheekbones, Aunt Bea, my mother told me so, I stand by it even though the evidence is otherwise, I’m 1/32 Cherokee until I’m not, I never used it professionally until you found the AALS directory, it never came up at Harvard prior to my hire except now it turns out that the Women’s Law Journal called me a “woman of color” in 1993 … this whole thing makes no sense.

    If Warren had nothing to hide, she’d just call a press conference and answer all the questions reporters had until the last question was asked and answered.

    She’d authorize and demand that Harvard Law release not only her employment file and all references to her alleged minority status, but also the entire hiring file including everything about how it was she was recruited.  She’d also demand release the files of all persons and committees tasked with increasing the diversity of Harvard Law’s faculty.

    You’d think Warren would want to put the issue to rest, as even supporters like Ed Schlutz and Alan Colmes are saying she needs to do.

    When questions were raised about Scott Brown’s military service, he authorized the release of his records.  Scott Brown was not running from anything.  Elizabeth Warren apparently is.

    Something is not right here.  Call it a gut feeling or a nose for trouble.  There’s something out there.


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    1. Something is not right here. Call it a gut feeling or a nose for trouble. There’s something out there.

    Warren strikes me as crazy. Like others, I have spent time wondering what goes through her mind. That’s tempting but beside the point wrt the election.

    Per our host, the point is what else may be out there about her. I’ve commented that when you see one cockroach, there likely are more.

    2. When conservatives start getting mad about the Cherokee issue, we begin shifting to ground of the opposition’s choosing. The Left enjoys our anger; they can’t stand our mockery.

      casualobserver in reply to gs. | May 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      @gs – I am not aware of many conservatives who give a rat’s a** whether Warren indeed has Cherokee ancestry. But many, and many independents and libertarians, do care a good deal whether there was illegitimate use for gain, deliberate or not. The witch hunts for hypocrisy are all the rage these days for all types of political persuasions. So, until the hypocrisy is addressed HEAD ON, the left cannot get any traction to reverse it. I have progressive friends in MA who cringe at how poorly it has been handled, but have not left her side. Yet. Key the cringe-reaction is the trope about the war-on-women. Not credible even to many progressives in this case.

    elbogz | May 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    This could be something…..She just changed her status on Palefacebook

    I seem to see a pattern here …

    PAUL KRUGMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: This is hard to get people to do, much better, obviously, to build bridges and roads and healthcare clinics and schools. But my proposed, I actually have a serious proposal which is that we have to get a bunch of scientists to tell us that we’re facing a threatened alien invasion, and in order to be prepared for that alien invasion we have to do things like build high-speed rail. And the, once we’ve recovered, we can say, “Look, there were no aliens.”

    But look, I mean, whatever it takes because right now we need somebody to spend, and that somebody has to be the U.S. government.

    Warren was driven (by E.T.) to claim Cherokee ancestry because the Cherokee didn’t have a convenient Pocahontas to take the job at Harvard. She was filling a driving need to get the Cherokee better representation .. or something.

    Milwaukee | May 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Could it be that Professor Warren didn’t check into the stories of her Indian heritage because she knew they were just stories, and wouldn’t hold up? Atticus Finch, who wasn’t a law professor, taught his children to never ask a question in cross examination unless they first knew the answer. Elizabeth didn’t ask because she didn’t want to know if the stories weren’t true or because she knew she didn’t want to know the truth.

    Interesting that Penn and Harvard left the minority status thing to their staff members. Unless they have those staff members sign a form stating that they are, in fact, the status they are claiming, pushing the responsibility onto the staff member seems dubious. Somebody should have sent Warren a memo which said something to the effect of “Elizabeth: We are filling out our Federal Diversity Report, and we have you down as a Native American. Are you a Native American, and do you have documentation to verify your claim?” Otherwise, we have a big game of pretend.

    I guess we do have a game of pretend, and don’t us nobodies know we aren’t supposed to be asking questions of our superiors?*

    *I can’t recall, but didn’t John Kenneth Galbraith refer to his university in Ontario as the worst in the English speaking world. When somebody challenged him on that his response was something about they didn’t speak English at Oklahoma State University. Any “native” Oklahomans out there will to defend dear Elizabeth?

      William A. Jacobson in reply to Milwaukee. | May 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      “Could it be that Professor Warren didn’t check into the stories of her Indian heritage because she knew they were just stories, and wouldn’t hold up? ” — what if she did check into them and found no evidence? Does she seem like the type of person who would not look into it?

        casualobserver in reply to William A. Jacobson. | May 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm

        At a minimum to me, she seems like the type of person who would have a high interest (sensitivity?) in all aspects of her biography and CV. I find that true of nearly every academic with ambition in over 30 years of contact. So, it is especially hard to believe she never once knew she was “officially” listed as a minority, as has been claimed. And if she did know, and if she did ponder it in the least as an expert (?) in law, it is logical to think she either would have researched it or discussed with any of the administrations that listed her as such.

    PhillyGuy | May 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    The election won’t hinge on this issue. In fact, it’s now become a distraction. Scott Brown should focus on giving people a reason to vote FOR him and stay away from this completely.

      casualobserver in reply to PhillyGuy. | May 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      @PhillyGuy, to you it may be a trivial issue as it is to some diehard Democrats and liberal “unenrolled” types I know in MA. But to many others in the state who aren’t fully committed to either candidate, it is troubling. For some the worry is more about her and her team’s ineptitude in handling the matter. To others the issue of whether she was intentionally leveraging a quota/affirmative action opportunity is very real and worthy of a full reckoning.

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