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    Not The Boston Globe’s headline: Scott Brown maintains lead, Warren negatives rise

    Not The Boston Globe’s headline: Scott Brown maintains lead, Warren negatives rise

    A new poll shows trouble for Elizabeth Warren, but not if you just read The Boston Globe’s headline:  Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren neck and neck in new poll.

    But read on and the article tells a different story than the headline portrays (emphasis mine):

    Despite a five-week drubbing over her claims to Native American heritage, Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren remains neck and neck with US Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, as she heads into Saturday’s state party convention, a new Globe poll shows.

    But there are signs that the controversy has wounded the first-time candidate, whose entrance into the race came with a star power that galvanized Democrats and catapulted the contest into one of the most closely watched in the nation.

    Although the vast majority of voters (72 percent) said the issue would not affect their vote, 31 percent of self-described independents — a critical voting bloc — said the issue makes them less likely to support Warren in November. And though the Harvard professor’s popularity has risen one percentage point, to 48 percent, since the Globe polled in March, the percentage of detractors has climbed more precipitously, by nine points to 32 percent.

    The poll shows Brown in a strong position. The incumbent’s job approval rating is at a comfortable 60 percent, with just 31 percent of voters saying they disapprove of the work he is doing in Washington….

    Voters appeared divided over whether she has satisfactorily explained her assertion of Native American identity, with 42 percent saying she had not adequately explained it and 37 percent saying she had.

    So Elizabeth Warren is being hurt badly by her false claim to be Native American, and her robotic allegiance to that false claim despite a mountain of evidence showing otherwise, including a complete genealogical rundown of her maternal lineage showing no Native American ancestry.

    And Scott Brown has high positives and has maintained his lead despite several million dollars in advertising by Warren.

    Alternative headline:  “Many Massachusetts voters willing to vote for someone who stands by claims she knows to be false.”

    Alternative headline:  “Massachusetts voters need an intervention.”


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    TrooperJohnSmith | June 2, 2012 at 4:37 am

    The Song of Liawatha!

    By the shores of Charles River,
    By the little John Weeks bridge,
    Stands the mighty college Harvard,
    In the town of Came-ba-ridge.
    Deep below is Red Line-T.
    High above is Harvard Yard,
    Where all the Lefties go to preen.
    Bright before it beat the water,
    Beat the clear and sunny water,
    Beat the shining Charles River.
    Where the PC-crowd was sitting,
    Nursing the little Liawatha.
    Stroked her ego with approval.
    Reveled in her high cheekbones.
    Gave her job because she’s special,
    Bound her there with mighty tenure.
    “My dear old granny says I’m Indian!”
    Lulled her into slumber, singing,
    “Native-female prof at Harvard!
    Who is this, adorning brochures?
    With yellow hair and eyes so blue?
    Native-female prof at Harvard!”

    P.S. My most humble apologies to the shade of Mr. Longfellow and to any classicists out there.

    Tom in Virginia | June 2, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I was in Boston in January 2010 for the week leading up to the Brown-Coakley Senate race. The day I arrived the Boston Globe was trumpeting its poll showing Martha Coakley leading Scott Brown by 15 points. Yeah, that’s right, 15 points. This is more of the same. I’ll bet an honest poll right now would show Elizabeth Warren down by double digits.

    Estragon | June 2, 2012 at 6:31 am

    She is running the longest attempted stonewall of an ongoing story I can remember. If she had been the Republican, the press would already have her hide stuffed and mounted.

    Harvard and Penn both touted her as a “minority” faculty member to brag about their diversity, and both got the idea she was a minority from Ms. Warren herself.

    You don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to add up those numbers.

    herm2416 | June 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

    h/t ElizabethWarren’s “composite” grandmother. Ms. warren’s dates are off–surprisingly enough–about her grandmother’s pride in seeing her graduate from college.

    Pass the popcorn, it is only going to get better this election season.

    Bitterlyclinging | June 2, 2012 at 8:10 am

    The Globe is “Pinch” Sulzberger’s personal toilet. What else can you expect from it?

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