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    Elizabeth Warren’s anti-gaffes matter

    Elizabeth Warren’s anti-gaffes matter

    Don’t believe the spin that Elizabeth Warren’s claims about being Native American don’t matter.  Or that she simply made a mistake in how she handled it.

    This headline from U.S. News demonstrates how it is being played:

    Warren Gaffes on Native American Roots Enflame Senate Race in Massachusetts

    There was no gaffe as in mistake; there was a deliberate campaign of deception and evasion.

    There also was not gaffe even in the Washington sense, which is when a politician tells the truth.

    Warren’s statements have been anti-gaffes, not gaffes.

    The text of the U.S. News article shows that the anti-gaffes matter in the election:

    Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger  Elizabeth Warren are still deadlocked in recent polls, but their  campaigns may both be facing a critical turning point.

    Andrew Smith, the pollster who conducted a recent Boston Globe  poll showing Brown with 39 percent support to Warren’s 37 percent, says  the Native American issue–Warren supposedly reaping professional  benefits from her claims of mixed blood–is likely more significant than  his poll seems to indicate.

    According to the survey, nearly  3 in 4 voters said the controversy would not impact their vote. But of  the Democrats who say they are voting for Brown now, 43 percent said the  Native American issue makes them less likely to vote for Warren and 48  percent of the independents say the same, he says.

    “If you  throw out the Republicans who were going to vote for Brown anyway and  the hardcore Democrats who were going to vote for Warren anyway, you  start to look at the 5 percent that’s going to make a difference in this  race–it’s really close,” Smith says. “It’s having an impact there.”

    It matters.  Don’t let them tell you otherwise.


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    “Gaffe?” Her statements are lies.

      LukeHandCool in reply to | June 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      When calling something a “gaffe” is in and of itself, a huge gaffe.

      Thank goodness they have those layers and layers and layers of editors and fact checkers they’re always telling us about.

      It’s just that, well, journalism isn’t exactly an exact science …

    It matters. Don’t let them tell you otherwise.

    Completely true…as far as it goes.

    Necessary but not sufficient, a mathematician might respond.

    TrooperJohnSmith | June 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Using a new tactic today, Elizabeth Warren spoke to reporters in her native Cherokee, which she studied while suckling a family of orphaned antelope while studying for the Nuh Joisey Bar Exam.

    A reporter from the Boston News and Globe asked, “Mrs. Warren, can you address the allegations you are not of Cherokee descent?”

    Warren replied, “Me no like’em white eyes that make’em bad talk about red woman. He speak’em forked tongue. Ancestors say, ‘Me Cherokee’! Ask’em next question!”

    Chip Sweeney-Ellington III of the New Yorker then asked, “What of the totality of your Washington DC experience serves you in best stead to be a Senator from the Commonwealth?”

    “When work’em in big government DC stone village, Me do’em many things. Me make’em big medicine. Me Write’em many laws. Smoke’em many peace pipe. Me work’em for Great Whi… errr, Great Brown Father in great White Tee-pee where he live’em. We have’em much talk. Help’em many people call’em Con-soo-mers by make’em biiiiig medicine against bad companies. Me like heap big con-soo-mer chief what have’em great magic.”

    Cassie | June 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

    The tide may be turning. Finally, here is an article where the comments are written by educated liberals who are disgusted at Elizabeth Warren’s actions and incredulous at the mainstream media’s reaction:

    “…my family claimed that my grandmother’s grandfather was full blooded Cherokee, that would make me 1/16 Cherokee- twice
    that of Warren. Like you, I have never even considered claiming to be native American on an application, despite a career in education where that designation would have been extremely valuable. In fact, once I was hired and had the position held because the Dean wanted a minority for the position instead.

    I am stunned that the left has been so sanguine about what is actually an incredibly dishonest and self-serving act. She is unfit for public office, period, and she should frankly be considered unfit for employment in academia as well.”

    Many, many comments to that article are written by people who identify themselves as having law degrees and ivy league educations – bread and butter Democrats, in other words. They understand what Warren did by lying about her background and how she used those lies to grab the main chance and get her tenured job at Harvard Law.

    To the people who run this blog: please keep pushing on this issue. The more people learn the specifics of Warren’s unethical behaviors (note my use of the plural) the more they will understand just how corrupt and incompetent the MA Democratic Part has become. How could they not have replaced her as a candidate when there was still the chance? How could they have run Marisa DeFranco out of the Democratic primary ticket, despite their ‘chosen candidate’ being exposed as a liar and a fraud? Doubling down indeed.

    It’s not just conservatives who are sickened by Warren’s behavior, even though that is what the supine mainstream media is trying to pretend.

    texasron | June 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Elizabeth Warren can claim she is an African-American because thousands of years ago mankind developed from there.

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