Indian Giver: Rightbloggers' Yuks at "Fauxcahontas" Elizabeth Warren Turn to Trail of Tears

tomt200.jpgLiberal fave Elizabeth Warren is running for Scott Brown's Senate seat in Massachusetts. Just after she announced in September, polls showed her six points behind the incumbent; now, she's running about even with him.

Yet if you'd only been following rightbloggers on this race, you'd assume that she was out of the running, disqualified by a claim she made years ago that she was 1/32nd Cherokee.

How this became an issue demonstrates something about rightbloggers' idea of politics and perhaps life.

Warren is best known as a consumer finance expert on TV shows, and as a strong supporter of the establishment of a U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which she helped launch but was not appointed to run, as the Obama Administration seemed to fear the political fallout of putting an actual consumer advocate in the job.

This gave rightbloggers reason enough to despise her from jump. In January, for example, Nick Gillespie at Reason said the CFPB was created to "simplify credit offerings so that all of us idiots who bought houses we couldn't afford could blame somebody else." Also, Warren once said "folks 'didn't know the deal' when they signed up for credit cards" -- a statement uncontroversial to most people who have seen an actual credit card agreement, but which proved to Gillespie that Warren is "the embodiment of a paternalist (maternalist?) who thinks that jes' plain folks are dolts who are always getting screwed by mustache-twirling bankers..."

This promising line of attack was obviated in late April, when the Boston Herald revealed that Warren had claimed to Harvard, her employer in the 1990s, that she was 1/32nd Cherokee; that the Harvard Crimson had presented this as Warren's "minority background"; and that Warren had no proof of her Native American roots other than stories her family members had told her.

No overt financial or hiring advantages appear to have accrued to Warren for this perhaps fanciful family account of her background, and normal people may be expected to think little of it. But rightbloggers made it the centerpiece of their complaints against her.

Rush Limbaugh jumped on Warren's Indian claim as proof of liberal racism. Warren had said that "my Aunt Bee has walked by that picture [of Warren's grandfather] at least a thousand times, remarked that he -- that her father, my papaw -- had high cheekbones, like all of the Indians do! Because that's how she saw it..." "What have I always told you about liberals?" reacted Limbaugh. "They categorize people. They make moral judgments on people on the basis of surface matters... And here's proof of it. She is an Indian, one-thirty-second of an Indian, because her papaw had high cheekbones. And all Indians have high cheekbones... I'd love to ask her: 'What characteristics do 'all' white people have? Name one, just one characteristic." Etc.

"Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that, legally, a person either is recognized as a member of a Native American tribe or is not," said Steve Sailer. "...This is hardly a trivial or obscure point, because who gets shares of casino profits depend upon it."

At Andrew Breitbart's Big Government, Michael Patrick Leahy discovered -- based on tips forwarded by William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection -- that Warren's great-great-great grandfather was "a member of the Tennessee Militia," which organization participated in the Trail of Tears forced relocation of Native Americans.

"Jonathan Crawford most likely did not join the regular Army troops who 'escorted' these Cherokees along the Trail of Tears," admitted Leahy far down in the article, but he did "serve more than once" in an outfit that at some point "fought the Seminole Indians in Florida."

These stories don't disprove anything about Jonathan Crawford's racial heritage, but they did give rightbloggers some laughs.

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Ah, what might have been.
"The Trail of Tears, Warren. You own it," said Some Guy at Ace of Spades, who added that "people in the stands at a Braves game doing the 'tomahawk chop' are as Indian as Elizabeth Warren, yet she had no problem making this claim for decades, based on nothing more than a rumor, to take advantage of the Democrats' check-the-box system of racial spoils."

It's worth reminding our readers here that no one has shown that Warren benefited at her job from her ethnic claims, but many of the brethren followed Some Guy's lead in implying that she had.

"Elizabeth Warren is a liar and a scam artist who used minorities to get her way to the top," declared Politik Ditto. "Warren claimed minority status, using her 1/32nd Indian ancestry, in college to get a few freebies," said Political Pistachio. "Aside from Brian Leiter... it is obvious to everyone else why Elizabeth Warren self-identified as Native American all those years -- which was to get an edge in hiring," asserted Todd Zywicki at The Volokh Conspiracy.

Some tried to be a little cuter about it. "I probably need to make it clear that, if Warren had falsely claimed Native American status in order to be hired, that would be a serious issue," harrumphed neo-neocon. "As a voter I would consider it an important strike against her (although I wouldn't be voting for Ms. Warren in the first place)." Noted!

Scott Brown eventually got in on this ("refusal to answer legitimate questions have cast doubt on her credibility and called into question the diversity practices at Harvard"), but then wisely moved on to other topics. Rightbloggers, however, hung in there, pleased to have found a topic that suited their intellectual and rhetorical gifts.

At Twitchy, Michelle Malkin's alternate Twitterverse for rightbloggers, the brethren came up with a set of "Elizabeth Warren Indian Names," including "Sackatheeconomy," "Chief Full-of-Lies," and "Woman-Who-Loved-Dog-Eater."

"Let's cut Elizabeth Fauxcahontas Crockagawea Warren some slack here," said National Review's Mark Steyn. "She couldn't be black. She would if she could, but she couldn't... She is a testament to America's melting pot, composite pot, composting pot, whatever."

On very rare occasions, rightbloggers felt compelled to note that they were just funning and meant no offense to actual members of minority groups -- e.g., "The point I tried to make in the column," said LaShawn Barber, "was how ridiculous it is for the blond, blue-eyed Elizabeth Warren to list herself as a racial minority, an American Indian, not that the descendants of American Indians cannot be blond and blue-eyed."

But by and large, they didn't bother. Why should they? They didn't get this far by displaying racial sensitivity, and campaign 2012 is no time to start.

Thus: "This is an admittedly racist, politically incorrect cartoon," wrote Another Guy at RedState in introduction to a crappy gag. "It is also satire. I got the idea from Elizabeth (I'm a Cherokee Princess) Warren." "Me thinkum that Ms. Warren (pale-face) is a Heap-Big-Liar that speakum with Forked-Tongue," jested Gotham Resistance. Power Line reproduced a video parody of Cher's "Half-Breed" in which Warren, in a full war bonnet, sang, "Harvard's where I wanted to teach the law/ They said, 'You're hired since you claim you are squaw,'" Etc.

Meanwhile the rightblogger investigative teams kept digging. Katrina Trinko at National Review suggested that Warren had plagiarized sections of her 2006 book on finance, All Your Worth. This turned out to be bullshit, and Trinko retracted her post.

But rightbloggers found another scoop they felt more confident about -- that Warren had "plagiarized" recipes she contributed to a "Pow Wow Chow" cookbook of Native American dishes.

The idea that family recipes for things like Crab with Tomato-Mayonnaise Dressing would be subject to copyright protection may seem ridiculous to you, but it was smoking-gun time at National Review ("Elizabeth Warren Story Keeps Getting Better" -- Noah Glyn) and elsewhere.

"WILL HARVARD LAW SCHOOL CONDEMN ELIZABETH WARREN FOR POW WOW CHOW PLAGIARISM?" hollered the headline at Breitbart's Big Government. "When people are willing to lie that easily for little or no reason, they'll lie about anything," said Yet Another Guy at Ace of Spades. "Someone should start reviewing her academic papers."

"This should be a huge story, but the left's corrupt Democrat-Media-Complex refuses to report factually and honestly," thundered Donald Douglas.

When it began to dawn on some of them that the story wasn't going over with normal people as expected, it was time to pull out the inevitable conservative victim card.


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o3
o3

now now jennifer. old fat suburbianites like red dawn cant bang chickens unless they strap their belly outta the way.

Spursfanharold
Spursfanharold

why is rush limbaugh still about .he is100%idiot

M. Savage
M. Savage

So it's not ok for Wall Street to "Steal" money from people by selling them a mortgage or stock in a company

But it's ok to "Steal" someone else’s receipt and sell for profit in a cookbook. 

If Liz Warren gave credit to the original Chef people could have got the receipt for free from the New York times instead of paying for it. 

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

For my friend Jennifer, the Village Idiot commenter of the Village Voice, according to a UNH poll, Elizabeth Warren's heritage matters:

Andrew Smith prepared the survey and found that 43 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of independents who said they’re going to vote for Brown say the issue surrounding Warren’s heritage makes them less likely to vote for Warren.

Faahhhkin Reeetaahd.

McSalmon
McSalmon

 I find it irritating and tedious that Warren is being castigated for what are, at best, minor timeworn gaffes, and at worst, minor timeworn gaffes, whereas so many other pols on the Republican side are just plain scum. Scott Brown is actually one of the saner GOP pols - I know this, because a few years ago, he was a betrayer according to the Tea Party, a RINO and an appeaser. And here they are, jumping to defend a candidate they couldn't stand a handful of months ago.

I can think of no greater curse than the right to endure the world they wish to create.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

You've got me pegged....bwaahahahaha....You shoud try some o2....o3. 

Jennifer
Jennifer

Yes, and if you had a brain, people like Red Dawn wouldn't be agreeing with you.

palinisamoron
palinisamoron

Andrew Smith = GOP pollster

And he does very few polls in Mass, I wouldn't trust how he's weighting the estimates.

Jennifer
Jennifer

I guess that explains why she's gone up in the polls, huh.

Oh, that's right, numbers confuse your walnut-sized trogladyte brain.  "I don't understand your "polls" and your "science" and your "words" - I'm just a caveman!"

Keep fucking that chicken.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

 What you refer to as "gaffes" are actually....lies. If she were a republican, YOU would be castigating her for being a rich, lying, racist . I voted for Scott Brown and will do so again. What does the Tea Party have to do with Scott Brown? Nothing, he never made any promises. In fact, he promised to be independent, which is what he has been- unlike Warren, who will be nothing but a rubber stamp.

Daphne
Daphne

 and, just like that, another Stormfront self-loather wanders back to his favorite enclave.

M. Savage
M. Savage

Ok Isaa Newton.

We have people on here saying if you worked hard were successful and made lots of money your the BAD one you must have stole it from someone.

and that the BUMS sitting at home or at occupy sites, collecting welfare checks, they are the GOOD ones.

That successful people owe them more.

Bullshit...    

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

ah...so Boston Globe Poll # 33 MA 2012 Senate Election....is scewed....by the GOP....riiight...

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

Jen...if you're going to repeatedly use words for which you do not know the meaning, please try to spell them correctly- it's spelled troglOdyte....moron.

Glenn
Glenn

 I'm surprised you can bear to follow the news accounts, due to your tender sensitivity and sterling regard for the truth. Will you be sitting out the Presidential election, then, since Mr. Romney is such a blatant liar?

McSalmon
McSalmon

 If she were a Republican, no one would care. This wouldn't be an issue, and it wouldn't even be brought up. I am quietly confident that there's a handful of GOP folk who claim some miniscule fraction of Native American heritage to give themselves cred. I cannot name them, because no one our side gives a flying frog's ass. It's much easier to point out when they act like a rich lying racist, because honestly, it's really quite easy to find such people in the GOP.

As I said though, Scott Brown is one of the better ones in your party. However, I only have to look up 'Scott Brown RINO', and look - here's a bunch of rightbloggers who were already calling him out. I bet a fair number are currently supporting him over Warren, even though they were beating him with rubber chickens less than a year ago.

And can you tell me how Warren's assertion of her heritage makes her a 'rubber stamp'? Because I could use a chuckle after a long day at work.

Geo X
Geo X

In fact, he promised to be independent

Aw.  That is simply adorable.  Almost enough to make me forget that you're a dimwitted, malignant clown.

McSalmon
McSalmon

You have no clue what you're talking about.

I knew people in those marches, people who worked hard, and got the shaft. Got the shaft in an economy tanked by wealthy insiders glad handing each other while manipulating the market to their benefit. They drained the health of this economy like a vampire. Let's get this straight - they weren't successful because they were smart, or hard working. They got it through knowing the right people, and getting handed a bucket of money from word jump. If the taxpayer hadn't bailed them out, they'd have tanked the economy entirely, and lost everything. Saying they earned what they got is an admission that sin is it's own reward. Too many rich asses got that way because they have friends in high places, and can gamble freely with my money, and yours, and everyone else's.

And so much of the wealthy have not the slightest scintilla of grace or self-awareness as to how grateful they should be that there aren't riots in the streets, demanding they sit in chains like murderers. They have blessed lives for all intents and purposes, thanks to money and their friends. If they had to fend for themselves, they'd waste away and die.

Jennifer
Jennifer

"Behind every great fortune there is a great crime."

Perhaps not 100% true, but true enough.  The Walton family is currently worth more than 30% of the US population.  Yet many of them do not work.  They inheirited their wealth from the company their father built.  Even if they did work, their labor could not be of an equivalent value to the labor of 50 million people.  The people who work for them are not "bums" sitting at home or at Occupy sites - they are people trying to hold things together at minimum or near-minimum wage.  So the people who don't work hard are in this case financially worth more than the millions of people who work for them, directly or indirectly, either in their stores or in the businesses making goods for their stores.

It's not possible for one family to have more wealth than a third of the country unless they succeeded in taking the wealth of a lot of other people, through a variety of means - first, by stealing labor, because every hour of work not fairly compensated is theft, secondly, by paying employees so poorly that they qualify for food stamps, medicaid, subsidized housing, and other social programs we all pay for, thirdly, with monopolistic business practices that drive out small businesses that do pay decent wages.

You could take half the fortune of each and every member of the Walton family, and it would not change the way they live in one iota.  But if you doubled the wages of every Wal-Mart employee it would make a huge difference in their lives.  Many of them would be able to get off of food stamps, medicaid, etc.  Even if you increased their wages by 10% it would make a huge difference to them.

I don't know of anyone who advocates true socialism or communism.  But to insist that it's unfair to not allow one person or 1 out of every million people to own everything, without taking into consideration basic fairness to the other 99.9999999...% is insane.  Conservatives like to cling to this fantasy that there are no limits.  But there are limits to everything - drops of water on earth, grains of sand on the beach...nothing is infinite.  But we're supposed to just pretend that in this one case, there's no such thing as a limit and there shouldn't be one.  The problem with this fairy tale is that it isn't reality.  Give all the money to one person, or one in every million people, and soon you have no economy whatsoever.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

I've never been to either site.... As we say in Boston youareamoron-

You ahhh a fahhkin Loozah of tha highest magnahtude....

palinisamoron
palinisamoron

Your tripe is up and down this board liar. Why don't you head over to Stormfront or Breitbart with the rest of the racist knuckledraggers like you.

You're a piece of shit.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

haha- typical liberal. Facts get pushed to the side...of course...Liars figure...and you lie.

palinisamoron
palinisamoron

Spoke like someone with no knowledge of polls. Thanks for proving your ignorance by not responding to the substance of my comment. Typical con.

Next!

ColBatGuano
ColBatGuano

 When did you stop beating your wife and kids?

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

...telling someone to fornicate with poultry...yeah, that's spot on... The sure sign will be in November, when Lizzy Shitting Bull from the Fullabalogna Tribe is handed her head dress...for you I'll go against the Bostonian dialect and just come out and say it- You, are a fucking moron Geo X....

Geo X
Geo X

 Correcting spelling: the sure sign of a man who knows he's lost the argument.

palinisamoron
palinisamoron

That's Senator-elect Warren to you shitbird.

McSalmon
McSalmon

 So, when Scott Brown himself says that his support to have Fenway moved was a mistake,  what are we calling that now? A flip flop, a change of heart or what? Are public sector jobs now not jobs anymore? They were a decade ago, but apparently they don't count for some reason to Brown et al. If a guy says he stopped drinking, and then takes a drink a few weeks later, is that support? Or pandering, maybe? Or, a just so story? They apparently aren't lies, even though, by your own statement, everyone lies. I wouldn't normally care what a guy does in his personal life, because that's what it is. However, this thread is about a trivial piece of fluff re: Ms Warren, and you apparently care more about it than policy decisions they make. And guess who just today blocked a bill that would grant equal pay for women. Brown's doing some mighty fine independenting there, voting with the Republicans on a party line vote like that. Not his first legislative double back flip reversal, not his last.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

Um...I think you ought to check your facts their skippy....He is a Red Sox fan. I wanted them to move out of Fenway. I am a Red Sox fan- guess you've never been there. Try getting facts from other sources than Huff Poo. The stimilus created temporary jobs for public sector unions- Liars figure, figures lie. I won't be voting for Lizzyy Lies with a Straight Face anytime in the near or distant future. Of course, this will be her last campaign...if she even stays in i until election day. I don't blame Scott for supporting a local fledgling brewery by attending a tasting- it's damn good beer.

McSalmon
McSalmon

Scott Brown - Lied about Rachel Maddow going to run against him.Claimed that he is a Red Sox fan, as opposed to when he was running wanted to move them out of Fenway.That he had given up alcohol at the beginning of the year, which belies his drinking at Blue Hills Brewery recently.And let's just mention that he said that the stimulus didn't create any jobs. I know it's not a 'personal thing', but gosh, it seems like a pretty big lie tied to fiscal policy.

So, I call Scott Brown is as much, if not more of, a liar than Liz Warren. I'm sure this means that you will be voting for Warren now?

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

What does Mitt Romney have to do with Fauxcahontas?

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

She said this 4 days ago Einstein....

M. Savage
M. Savage

 28 years ago.  Do you think the allegations that Mitt Romney bullied someone 48 years ago in high school is a big deal?

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

Elizabeth Warren:

"My grandmother drove a wagon in the land rush to settle territory out west. It was 1889, she was 15 years old…She lived to be 94, to see her youngest grandchild--that's me--graduate from college…". 

The only problem with this story is that it’s factually not true.Warren's maternal grandmother died in 1969, one year before Warren graduated from college, and her paternal grandmother was only 2 years old in 1889....EPIC FAIL.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Learn to use a different word than "retard". Repeated use is a clear indication that you just learned it on your vocabulary building cd.

While you're at it, get out your dictionary and look up the meaning of "plagiarize."

BTW, anyone else notice that just a couple of weeks after the moron brigade accused Warren of "plagiarizing" from a book whose author actually plagiarized HER, now they're trying to turn a fucking RECIPE submitted to a cookbook - 28 YEARS ago - into an issue of "plagiarism"?

I assume you idiots all wear velcro shoes, because it's obvious you haven't the brainpower to tie shoelaces.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

oh and jen, you ahhh a fahhkin reetaahhd. One of the least intelligent of the liberal species indeed....

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

Jen, you really need to get back on the fluoxetine. It's called paraphrasing...in our world. And, unless you are the Great Carnac I would assume you get your information from other sources other than the voices in your head.... 

Jennifer
Jennifer

Oh, so SOME liars are worse than others, I guess.

BTW, everyone, did you know that Red Dawn here PLAGIARIZED his talking points from the Boston Herald?

He's a fraud, obviously.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

No, that's not the trick. The trick is to vote for the person who doesn't lie about their personal lives. Scott Brown said he's be independent, that's what he's been. Oh, you mean like the guy in the white house? George Bush III?

McSalmon
McSalmon

 Then I guess the trick is to vote for the candidate who lies about minor things like where she gets recipes from, and not for candidates that tell you that he supports policy X, when he says he was against it only a few years ago.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

They can blog about whatever they want. I don't care and it's not my duty to tell anyone to change their assertions. They don't vote in my state.

McSalmon
McSalmon

 Well, someone should tell them to stop blogging then, because it's their assertion that Brown is a RINO, not ours.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

 You must be reading the "wrong" "rightbloggers"....

Daphne
Daphne

 2 days after the fact, this creature's stink still lingers.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

Your mothers wear army boots....

Geo X
Geo X

Oh, my aspirations are modest; I only think I'm smarter than cretins like you.  It's not a high bar to clear.

Jennifer
Jennifer

Like you're in a position to make that call.

Red Dawn 1
Red Dawn 1

 And you're not as smart as you think you are.

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