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Elizabeth Warren goes Alinsky on Cherokee women

Elizabeth Warren goes Alinsky on Cherokee women

Four Cherokee women went to Boston this week to try to meet Elizabeth Warren to show Warren genealogical evidence proving that Warren has no Cherokee ancestry, and to explain to Warren why her continued insistence that she is Cherokee is offensive.

One of the Cherokee women, Twila Barnes, is a genealogist who has written extensively at her blog about Warren’s lack of Cherokee ancestry, and is part of a group of Cherokees who demand that Warren tell the truth.

I have linked to Barnes’ posts many times and have spoken with her about her genealogical findings and evidence.  Unlike Warren, I actually cared about the evidence.

Last week, the women sent e-mails and made a phone call to Warren’s campaign press secretary, Alethea Harney, requesting a meeting.  Harney never responded to the e-mails and did not call back.

When Harney did not respond, the women went to the press and announced that they were flying to try to meet Warren since their outreach to Harney was unsuccessful.  Harney told The Boston Herald that the Warren campaign would reach out to the Cherokee women and set up a meeting with staffers.  Instead, the Warren campaign ducked the women.

The Warren campaign also sought to isolate the Cherokee women and falsely accused them of working for the Brown campaign.

The Warren campaign set out to try to demonize me and by association, the Cherokee women.  The Warren campaign alleged that because I was a “right wing extremist” and because I had contributed a few hundred dollars to Brown almost 2 1/2 years ago during the Coakley race, the Cherokee women were illegitimate.

Note that the Warren campaign never has tried to delegitimize or contradict the actual evidence the Cherokee women had showing that Warren is not being truthful.  Instead, the Warren campaign attacked the messengers of the evidence.

Never to this date has the Warren campaign disputed the findings by Barnes and other Cherokee genealogists that Warren is not Cherokee.  Not once.

The purpose of the delegitimization was to isolate the Cherokee women, to suggest that if they received assistance of any type, they were illegitimate.

Yet that standard does not apply to Warren, who goes to Hollywood to meet with liberal entertainment moguls who stuff large checks in her pockets, and who huddles with liberal Emily’s List and other progressive groups who offer both financial and logistical support.  Warren is a veritable money raising vacuum machine, and has a huge campaign infrastructure behind her:

she’s created her own money machine, powered by the progressive blogosphere, female donors, women’s groups and other collections of Democratic activists.

But the Cherokee women are not allowed any form of support.  The Cherokee women have to do it on their own, according to the parameters set by the Warren campaign and its media sycophants.

Warren, with her $10,000,000 in the bank from power brokers, is untainted, but if the Cherokee women receive help of any type they are illegitimate.

These were proud Cherokee women who came to Boston in good faith in the hope that Warren would do the right thing, meet with them, look at the evidence, and stop making false claims to be Cherokee.

And they were met with Alinsky Rule No. 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy.

Warren’s behavior has been disreputable and should be disqualifying.  Warren talks a good game about fighting for the downtrodden at the same time that she steps on the backs of generations of Cherokees.

The way Warren has treated these Cherokee women is the way a schoolyard bully treats physically weaker classmates.

Yet miraculously and in a myriad of ways Warren always portrays herself as a victim.  Warren tells stories about being Cherokee, yet somehow is the victim when Cherokees demand she tell the truth.

The Cherokee women have announced that they hope to return to Boston one more time over the summer, and then again for at least one of the debates.  They will be holding a fundraiser in the near future so they can bring a larger group.

Unlike Warren, the Cherokee women will not receive huge sums of money from Hollywood, Wall Street, Emily’s List, high tech executives, or any of the other levers of power in society.  The only thing they will have on their side is the truth.

Do not let Elizabeth Warren isolate the Cherokee women and cut them off from support.  They deserve all our support.


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…And if she purchases a schooner with her money, she can tie it up at Marina Del Rhode Island.

Great write up prof, its important to deconstruct false narratives, to condense and focus the main issue…

Helping them with their fundraiser should be an action alert.
Make it so.

If someone sets up a tip jar for them, I’ll be happy to drop in a few bucks for the cause.

Superb article, Professor, among your top ten. Any chance of submitting it to the letters to the editor for The Globe? It doesn’t hurt to put it out there! : )

Will you put a link for donations for these women?

“The way Warren has treated these Cherokee women is the way” her ancestor rounded up Cherokees for Trail of Tears.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to OcTEApi. | June 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    This should be the Comment of the Day: it summarizes exactly what she’s doing – and what Democrats actually do when confronted with the facts.

    Can you promote it, Professor?

[quote]Never to this date has the Warren campaign disputed the findings by Barnes and other Cherokee genealogists that Warren is not Cherokee. Not once.[/quote]

That’s what all lefties do. They never defend their own stance, their policies, their outrages, or even themselves. They just attack, attack, attack. It’s Alinsky straight down the line, and it’s also all they’ve got. Not one of them has any actual convictions or principles that they are willing (or able) to articulate, so they hide behind venom and vitriol.

Thankfully, that doesn’t work as well as it did four years ago. Ask Anthony Weiner. And Eric Holder. And Barack Obama.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Fuzzy. | June 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Exactly! Like a good Alinsky-ite – and Bill/Hillary or the avowed masters – there is never a denial of the charge. Instead, there is the redirect, or better yet, the deflection, by saying, “There is no evidence that…”.

    Imagine if Warren had proclaimed she was 1/32 African American. You know that under the Democrat’s old Jim Crow laws and so-called Black Codes, she would have been considered black.

    Now, let’s change direction a bit and look at George Zimmerman. Since he had a black great-grandfather, he is more black than Elizabeth is Indian. So, does this mean that if the DNC buys into Warren’s Cherokee heritage, then they need to drop the ‘Zimmerman is racist’ meme, because he could, for all intents and purposes, claim to be black?

    Hoisted. Own .Petard. Conundrum.

“Warren is a veritable money raising vacuum machine…”

OR, she sucks.

Another aspect, Prof.; Warren is wealthy in her own right. If she had the least integrity, she could commission the best genealogists in the land to learn about her ancestry, once and for all. They actually work pretty cheap, by Harvard Law standards.

Pres. Obama announced in the Rose Garden today that if he a duplicitous faux-native American college professor daughter, she’d look like Elizabeth Warren.

In the short time i’ve been reading you , 1 of your better posts. Your passion & sense of an injustice done comes thru. The opportunity to mock a liberal has become secondary. Having been thru a number of these cause driven initiatives the deepening Warren outrage has no clue what it has gotten itself into. Like Obama & previous others of that ilk , that side has always held the power plus a sense of entitlment. They are oblivious the structure is of wormwood. This shows like nothing else has till now ; Liberalism is a serious widespread Mental Disease & its course is Progressive. Hang on Folks , its gonna get intense.

The behavior of Warren and her campaign staff is unacceptable. If they were capable of feeling shame, they would be ashamed of themselves for acting this way. And if they had any sense of decency (or charm) Warren would have met with these women by now.

Disrespecting a group of women of color – Democrats no less! – who want to meet with Warren and get some sort of explanation for Warren’s acts, other than that she committed academic ethnic fraud, is not the act of someone who really is a friend of ‘the little people’. Instead of meeting with these folks, Warren seems surprised that ‘Off with their heads’ isn’t making them go away. I guess maybe that’s one of the differences between being a professor and a politician.

Twenty years ago, Elizabeth Warren lied and stole an affirmative action job from a real minority person. Now she is facing the consequences for her dishonest and self-serving act. Why is that so difficult for her to understand?

I ‘m captivated by the unfolding of this hypocrisy and the tenacity with which Warren adheres to her narrative. The fact that she remains neck and neck in the race after all this is hopefully a testament to the power of party loyalty rather than the degradation of our moral boundaries or ignorance of our political structures. Though I am far from the scene of the crime, the view from here is that you, far more than anyone else, are the soldier at the gate. I salute, with admiration and gratitude.

One only has to ask how the media would be treating this if it were Scott Brown who made the claims that Lieawatha’s made.

He’d have already capitulated and withdrawn in shame from the race due to the predictable media onslaught.

1. At the supermarket this week, a Gary Johnson worker asked for my signature to get his candidate on the ballot. (I obliged though I might not have done so if Romney had a chance here: Johnson just might do to Romney what Nader did to Gore.)

As I moved off, a woman asked the worker what Johnson would do for her that other politicians wouldn’t.

2. I have posted before that Massachusetts has no qualms about sending moral sleazebags to Washington if they bring home the bacon. Ted Kennedy was just the most obvious of multiple examples.

It follows, as I have posted before, that the Cherokee scandal is not enough to tilt the odds against Warren. It introduces doubt into the minds of voters who would otherwise support her uncritically, but it comes nowhere near closing the deal against Warren.

The Cherokee issue should not be dropped, but something more is needed.

3. As our host has noted, Warren’s best political move would have been to confront the issue early and frankly. Since she didn’t do that, her best political move now is to stonewall.

4. Warren is running for President. She is favored by Democrats who think Obama is too doggone moderate. (!) She looks unelectable at the national level—but so does/did anybody with Obama’s 2008 resume.

5. Other than Obama, no Democrat comes to mind whom it is more important to defeat than Warren.

    Ragspierre in reply to gs. | June 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

    “Other than Obama, no Democrat comes to mind whom it is more important to defeat than Warren.”

    Or more FUN…!!!

    But, really, I can think of many who need to be beaten like…well…tom-toms…!!!

    elliesmom in reply to gs. | June 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I agree that she needs to be stopped now. While I have a goal of seeing a woman POTUS in my lifetime, it really disturbs me that Warren, who would still be a first term senator in 2016, seems to be in line ahead of someone like Gillibrand in the minds of the Democrats. In a list of possible candidates for 2016 in an article I recently read, Warren was the only name mentioned other than Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. It makes me wonder what they expect her to bring to the game. I’d rather not find out.

      Cassie in reply to elliesmom. | June 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

      As for why Warren is ahead of more experienced people like Gillibrand and Clinton, here might be the reason – I don’t watch much TV myself, but a friend of mine recently told me this:

      Elizabeth Warren has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show for the last few years, where her pronouncements were received with wild enthusiasm.

      My friend said he was always a bit surprised watching Warren on The Daily Show at just how slick she was, given that she’s a professor. Usually professors are too substantive and often don’t come off well on fast-paced comedy programs.

      He said that once he heard about her academic ethnic fraud he had an “Aha!” moment, as it explained that Warren actually *was* all rhetoric and no substance, which is why she was so successful on these comedy talk shows.

      She was never a first-class scholar, just a first class b-llsh-tter.

        gs in reply to Cassie. | June 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

        Worth knowing, thanks. Googling ‘elizabeth warren daily show’ yields a bunch of hits (that I don’t have time to watch right now).

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to gs. | June 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    “The Cherokee issue should not be dropped, but something more is needed.”

    My friends up in the Nations, especially the several Cherokee I know, are seriously angry, both Democrats and Republicans. There is talk of a large group of Cherokee and other Indians showing up in Massachusetts, dressed in full regalia, sometime in the fall.

    Of course, knowing Obama, he’d send the army to put the Indians back on the reservation. 😉

vermontaigne | June 23, 2012 at 11:51 am

I am at least 1/32nd beer.

Love me.

“The Warren campaign set out to try to demonize me and by association, the Cherokee women. The Warren campaign alleged that because I was a “right wing extremist” and because I had contributed a few hundred dollars to Brown almost 2 1/2 years ago during the Coakley race, the Cherokee women were illegitimate.”

I hope you reminded them that the Brown Campaign kicked you off of one of their phone banks for doing too much texting and not enough dialing.

This might have something to do with the manner in which the Elizabeth Warren campaign is reacting to these disgraceful revelations:

“The high-octane Senate campaign of Elizabeth Warren will be managed by Mindy Myers, a Democratic operative with a long history helping Democrats get elected in the Northeast, the campaign announced Wednesday.

A former chief of staff to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Myers managed Whitehouse’s first campaign, as well as the successful 2010 campaign of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). She also worked for President Clinton’s administration and advised Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.”

It’s true that Blumenthal survived the scandal about his stolen valor about serving in Vietnam, but Blumenthal is a native son and Warren is a carpetbagger – which in Massachusetts is a huge obstacle to overcome. Warren campaign managers are seriously underestimating how much damage this causes Elizabeth Warren once people know the specific facts of her actions.

Keeping something away from low-information voters for a few weeks before they vote for the candidate with a D next to their name is quite different from keeping the facts hidden from everyone in the state of Massachusetts for six whole months.

In other words – you can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time….but you can’t fool all the people all the time!

LukeHandCool | June 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

The AHB (The Association of Honey Badgers) called and they said they’re sick and tired of you acting like a honey badger when there’s no geneological proof of you having any honey badgers in your ancestry. They say that tireless tenaciousness alone doesn’t mean you’re a honey badger.

Elizabeth Warren is self-centered and spoiled. Unfortunately, in the circles where Warren operates, that probably isn’t terribly unusual. Warren’s behavior towards these Cherokee women says a lot about Warren as a person.

Warren apparently gets along fine with people in her own class, but can be extremely inconsiderate to people she considers beneath her socially. She’s probably nice to them only if she perceives they serve some kind of purpose. Warren is like a less-flamboyant version of John Kerry.

Coming from the west ,So Dak to Colo , the No. E. has baffled me. Here large states like Colo ,Calif , Nev can be held in thrall by their big cities. Thats not always the case in the N. E. Excepting New Hamp ,Maine ,it is largly small , long term dem states. Going N. from Maryland this gives a relativly small area an inorbinate footprint in the Senate. The area played a large role in the ideas & founding of the Republic. Yet today it is awash in Stateists & represented by hacks , debauched gentry , arrangers & other flotsom of a corrupt dem machine. l somewhat get how it happened. l suspect the DNA of the Founders has dissipated. l can only suppose the system in place still pays off for the people that matter. But what about the majority bulk that dont. They are largely white so dont have the minority thing of GOP indifferance going. Why do they cling to the dems?

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to secondwind. | June 23, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    We can set things right by repealing the 17th Amendment. I’d venture to guess that many states, with a state assembly balanced against urban dominance of rural areas, would send a different mix and quality of Senator to DC. Nevada would likely have no Harry Reid, and states like California, New York and Washington, would probably have at least one Republican Senator.

    Another piece of legislation foisted upon the Republic by the Progressives!

crypticenigma | June 23, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Its bad enough once politicians are elected that they generally begin to lie to us but in this case Warren has been caught prior to being elected in a lie about her ancestry for no other reason then to enhance her resume. In addition, the books she wrote are being heavily criticised either for being plagerised or lacking research to support her conclusions…and yet her supporters continue to blindly support her regardless…I guess since her supporters are used to being lied to aka electing Ted Kennedy for so many years they become numb to the truth.

I guess she can continue to blame every and all criticism of her on the GOP just like the “chosen” one currently residing in the Whitehouse…makes good copy for the MSM but doesnt address the issues…typical democrat.

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I think that we should push the angle that an attack on Twila Barnes and her friends is an attack on all Cherokee. Continuing to claim a heritage which does not belong to you, as warren is doing, diminishes the Cherokee.

Alinski’s Rule #12 is not affective against groups, only individuals.

Give Lie-awatha/fauxcahontas/Spoutin’ Bull/Scammin’ Squaw a break.

At least she’s not following her family tradition of roundin’ ’em up, and herding ’em off to camps.

1. Thanks for the worthwhile link. I wonder—a guess, not an insinuation—if Myers’ White House work involved managing the Lewinsky scandal.

2. I keep asserting that the Cherokke thing all by itself is probably inadequate to defeat Warren. That Blumenthal was elected handily is consistent with my opinion.

3. In other words – you can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time….but you can’t fool all the people all the time!

Warren doesn’t fool anybody at LI, but will she fool 51%+ of MA voters on Election Day?

    gs in reply to gs. | June 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    The above was meant as a reply to Cassie | June 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm. Blast it, I keep making this mistake.

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | June 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm

This is all too typical for liberals who have no morality, no integrity, no respect for the truth or themselves.. Elizabeth Warren just pretends in her own little special warped privileged world, that because she is a liberal Democratic US Senator, the rules of responsibility, accountability, and ethical behavior, let alone the legal US Constitutional laws of America, do not apply to her.

But we are here to make her accountable and responsible for her false misleading statements, aka lies, as a US Senator.

Wow! These three women are practically identical triplets! Did you see those “high cheekbones!” It’s a dead giveaway! Lizzie is clearly Native American. How could we have missed it….

Give the dims a break. They just don’t have any clean candidates. All have lied in the past to get free stuff the dim administrations have given their syncophants. Deny it all they want, eventually truth sees the light of day.

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crypticenigma | June 24, 2012 at 4:58 am

One quick question can Warren be charged with falsifying her ancestry to get hired as a “minority”? If so why isnt she?

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Get back to Fast and Furious. That is a national issue. Please.

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