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Elizabeth Warren sticking to campaign script on Cherokee claim (Update: Blames “some blogger”)

Elizabeth Warren sticking to campaign script on Cherokee claim (Update: Blames “some blogger”)

She should have kept the original title of her autobiography, “Rigged”

Elizabeth Warren’s autobiography is out, and it looks like she is sticking precisely to her campaign script on her false claim to be Cherokee. The title is “A Fighting Chance.”

The Boston Globe, which has an advance copy (perhaps as a courtesy since it gave Warren so much help in the campaign), summarizes:

She spends several pages describing the family connections that have led her to assert a partial Native American heritage, for which she was criticized by Republicans in her 2012 Senate campaign….

“As a kid, I had learned about my Native American background the same way every kid learns about who they are: from family,” she writes. “I never questioned my family’s stories or asked my parents for proof or documentation. What kid would?”

Her ancestry became a major issue during the campaign, and Warren says she was stunned by the attacks – and that she couldn’t provide documentation because her family hadn’t registered any tribal affiliation.

“In Oklahoma, that was pretty common,” she writes. “But knowing who you are is one thing, and proving who you are is another.”

She reiterated that she did not use her background to gain special treatment. “I never asked for special treatment when I applied to college, to law school, or for jobs,” she writes.

This family dodge has been exposed so many times, detailed at Elizabeth Warren Wiki.

The short version is that she never lived as a Native American, but did use the claim to her advantage to get listed as a “Minority Law Teacher” in a directory used as a hiring device in the 1980s. Somehow the editors of The Harvard Women’s Law Journal knew about it when Warren was a visiting professor because they listed her as a Woman of Color in Legal Academia. Warren and Harvard never have released her hiring records.

Many of her family stories, including about her parents elopement and her Aunt Bee have been cast into doubt. Even her adult nephew termed the claim of Native American ancestry “rumor”.

If Warren had mistakenly lived her life openly as a Cherokee thinking she was Cherokee, that would be one thing and would be consistent with the supposed family lore. But she didn’t. She only was Cherokee when she was climbing the ladder to Harvard, and in a way that only prospective employers would understand.

The original title of the book was “Rigged.” She should have stuck with that.

UPDATE: Politico also got an advance copy, and Warren is blaming everyone else, including, ahem, “some blogger” for her Cherokee problem:

“What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” she writes about the 2012 Senate campaign. “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me.”


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9thDistrictNeighbor | April 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Compiling the historical record at the Wiki was prescient. Professor Jacobson: Sooper Genius.

The fact is Elizabeth Warren could have been Patty Hearst brandishing Roland’s Thompson gun, and she would have been elected.

Scott Brown was elected in a special election and could not be allowed to continue to represent The People’s Republic of Massachusetts.

Humphrey's Executor | April 16, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Surely the question can be easily determined by DNA testing. If she won’t submit to it voluntarily then they need hold her down, swab her, and test it.

    Ragspierre and EBL touched on this a couple of years ago. Yours truly remarked that maybe she had the tests done confidentially and they were negative; or that they were positive and she is saving the announcement for an advantageous time.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to gs. | April 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      I heard that she was tested and “Kangaroo” was determined not to be a verifiable Indian Tribe.

1. Betty seems to be elevating her profile a bit…in case America is not Ready for Hillary after all? (H is not aging well and health at her age is always a concern.) Or maybe Betty would prefer SCOTUS to the Senate: she took pains to make her consumer agency unaccountable.

2. I said it, said it and said it to no avail. MA voters blather idealism but vote their pocketbooks. They could care less about the Cherokee stuff.

3. If I were advising Betty, I would tell her to keep occasionally reviving her Cherokee scam. It drives her enemies bonkers and diverts them from looking for more serious vulnerabilities.

    Anchovy in reply to gs. | April 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I think you are absolutely right. Warren wants to be in a position to make a move if Hillary falters. By bringing the Indian link back in front of the public, she can wear it out. After a while, people will “that’s old news” it and move on.

    This woman is dangerous and if the Republicans find another Dole or McCain to clone as their candidate, she will become the first woman President. Never underestimate the ability of the Republican mainstream to screw up an election and give the White House to a dishonest, lying first term Senator. They have done it before and they can do it again.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Anchovy. | April 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      Well, we have it on good, local, GOP centrist opinion that when the GOP thus loses elections (Dole, McCain, Romney, et al), it is not their fault. It is the fault of voters who refused to vote as they were told.

    AConsidiot in reply to gs. | April 17, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    “she took pains to make her consumer agency unaccountable.” That was probably a good idea considering that she is battling unaccountable financial institutions. Who went to prison for the financial crisis? What happens when your credit dossier gets screwed up? Why do you need to go to the arbitrator chosen by you adversary when you have a dispute?

    Shall I go on? Somehow I don’t get the feeling that you are a financial predator. If you were, you would be talking to your lobbyist; not commenting here.

    Taxpayer1234 in reply to gs. | April 17, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Re #1: EWWWWWW. I need some Pepto. And a bourbon chaser.

We’ve apparently reached a point in our politics and society when those on the Left have no more compunction about lying, and for good reason: there are no public consequences, or consequences don’t rise to a level of any significance. Warren realizes 1. that her core supporters don’t care about the lie (or if she lies at all), 2. 90% of the media won’t report it, 3. that 10% do report it probably only serves to help her cause. That is, it makes her look like a victim of “right-wing media.”

She’s already lost the few conservatives who do pay attention, so what’s the cost?

Until we change the media, nothing else changes.

Make her do a DNA test.

GeorgeCrosley | April 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Even if her claims were true, she’d still only be 1/32 Cherokee. If I were 1/32 Cherokee, African-American, Chinese, etc., I might be tickled, but I wouldn’t feel “diverse” enough to claim any of those ethnicities as my own. It shows what a shameless opportunist Warren is.

    GrassMudHorsey in reply to GeorgeCrosley. | April 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm


    I actually AM 1/32nd Cherokee, and have the documentation to prove it.

    I frankly would be embarrassed to try to use this miniscule “heritage” to get ahead as I look Cherokee as much as Fauxcahontas does. Ya don’t see a lot of Germanic looking (blonde/blue eyed) Cherokees, unless of course that Cherokee’s name is Lie-a-watha Warren, or as the Cherokee call her, “stinks of bullsh*t”.

    Course that didn’t stop this lying sack of crap from using her phony “heritage” to take the place of another, and in the process enrich herself immensely via a complete and utter LIE.

    No wonder she’s a dumbocrat. Voted in by a sea of Massholes.

    Pathetic, that someone who is so painfully and obviously a liar can be even in the slightest way be considered a candidate for president.

    Ah, dumbocrats- is there any low they won’t sink to?

DouglasJBender | April 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

What many people also do not realize is that Elizabeth Warren wrote “Paul Revere and the Raiders” hit, “Indian Reservation” ( ). Either that, or the song is mostly about her. At least, that’s what Ms. Warren thinks she recalls her family telling her, or hinting at. In my opinion, it’s safe to say that “Elizabeth has left the Reservation”.

Midwest Rhino | April 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm

… or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me.”

“got a rocket in my pocket
… be COOOOl Booooy.”

That’s from West Side Story …
for our cooly cool prof 🙂

Prof. J, you are indeed some blogger! Thanks for your continued good work!

BannedbytheGuardian | April 16, 2014 at 10:34 pm

I always thought she resembled Twiggy. Needs bigger eyes & a straighter nose , individual false eyelashes stuck on the bottom , pancake makeup including the lips & a Mary Quant geometric a line dress. ( not mini thanks ) .

A lot of people are 1/64 Cockney.

2nd Ammendment Mother | April 17, 2014 at 11:18 am

That’s “Some Blogger”!
(Wilbur won the county fair with that headline!)

“Woman of color”? Maybe her Indian name is Little White Dove (from that old Johnny Preston song, Running Bear.)

myfavoritemartian | April 17, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I learned about my heritage from my family too. Old uncle Emil always told us he was really from Mars, brought here as a child in a spaceship.

He constantly told my parents I had come with him, I was a ‘Martian soul’ and had special powers and abilities far beyond their wildest dreams.

Unfortunately for me, there was no ‘Martian’ box to check on my college application forms.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to myfavoritemartian. | April 17, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Never fear. Help is probably close at hand. Nowadays, I hear that the state of Oregon will give you your Taxpayer-Funded Free Sh*t (eg: Your Entitlements) in Klingon, which is probably somehow related to Martian.

    In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some Chi-Com Vulcan: “Rib’ Rong an’ Pros-puh.”