The Perils of Lizzie “Paleface” Warren

It’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for the beleaguered Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.  So naturally it’s time for me to beat up on her some more.

First off, Warren’s recently-released tax returns inadvertently revealed how she really feels about taxes.  Warren and incumbent Scott Brown both released four years of tax returns in response to a request from the Boston Globe.  For most of the period, the earnings of Warren and her husband outstripped the earnings of Brown and his wife by nearly 3 to 1.  Yet, even though the Warrens were earning in the neighborhood of $900k a year, they declined to pay the special optional Massachusetts income rate of 5.85%, choosing instead to pay the mandatory rate of 5.3%.  So much for all of Warren’s yammering about the “social contract” that obligates the wealthy to “pay their fair share.”  When asked about this apparent discrepancy between her words and her deeds, Warren replied, “I paid my taxes, and I did not make a charitable contribution to the state.”  So there, rubes.

But please don’t think for a minute that Elizabeth Warren doesn’t care about you.  She’s out there, every day, “working for middle class families.”  That annual income just shy of a cool million?  And those stocks and mutual funds she and her husband own, worth somewhere between five and fifteen million?  Or that special interest-free loan from Harvard?  Irrelevant.  Being “middle class” isn’t about a number.  “It’s about a place in your heart.”  (Cue touching scene with Sally Field passing the communion wine.)

But those darn establishment tools just won’t leave poor Lizzie alone.  When reporters for the Boston Herald dug into the paper trail connected to Warren’s teaching career at Harvard, they discovered that the school used Warren as a promotional token for “diversity,” claiming that Warren was “Native American” and the first Native American hire for the prestigious Harvard Law School.  But it was all just a big misunderstanding, insisted Warren.  All she wanted was a free faculty luncheon, which she never got.  Ingrates.

Anyway, she really was part Cherokee.  Really.  “Family lore” said so, and we all know that family lore is never wrong.  Well, that and her grandfather’s “high cheekbones,” an obviously tell-tale sign of Native American heritage that any enlightened believer in phrenology would immediately recognize.  Ignoramuses.

Finally, after her staff was forced to do some digging, Warren’s campaign announced that she was, in fact, a documented 1/32 Cherokee.   Paleface indeed.

Or, after this past week, Red Face.  Very, very red faced.

Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress, has a theory about Warren and about the Massachusetts Democrats:

For the second election in a row, Massachusetts Dems have been so sloppily careless about who should fill “Ted Kennedy’s seat” — or they have felt so mindlessly entitled to it — that they have decided to run an overly-insulated inept, elitist, out-of-touch, rhetorically ungifted political hack who cannot speak beyond cliches and slogans and has no interest in courting the blue-collar side of the party.

Such nakedly royal disdain. No need to intellectually engage with anyone outside of their class or enclave, and no need to even hang around with the union guys or the low-wage workers.

Warren suffers from an affliction common to wealthy, successful elitists who fancy themselves advocates for the poor and downtrodden.  It’s a kind of Stockholm Syndrome, whereby leisure class debutantes and country club dandies invest so much emotional energy trying to empathize with the less fortunate, that they start actually believing that they themselves are less fortunate. So hob-nobbing with the hoi polloi is unnecessary, because these highly educated, very compassionate people already know all there is to know.

Don’t believe me?  Just ask Elizabeth Warren.

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  • EricSteel

    You a bow tie’n white boy!

    • Guest

      lol.

      • jim_m

         You do realize he’s quoting another racist lefty, don’t you?

  • jim_m

    The whole thing with this isn’t that she checked the Native American box on her job app, it’s that once she no longer needed the unfair advantage she ditched the designation.

    Warren isn’t recognizably a minority in any way.  She gamed the system.  She’s the only Rutgers law grad teaching outside of Rutgers.  People hate affirmative action because they see that it isn’t about giving people who need it a chance, it is about gaming a system to get something you don’t deserve.  Warren proves this point rather nicely.

  • ackwired

    I see similar stuff written about Mit Romney.  I find both quite distasteful.

  • retired.military
  • Gmacr1

    “Fauxahontas”…as seen on AoS.

    Another undeserving minority helped by a program that shouldn’t have EVER existed.

  • Commander_Chico

    There was one guy in my unit who claimed to be Cherokee.  He was a lot more redneck than Red Man.  This guy pissed of some real Sioux guys, so they made “Cherokee” a running joke in the unit.  Since then I met a couple of other similar redneck-Injuns.  They always claimed to be Cherokee.

    Of course, there are a lot of Casino Indians in the Northeast who are plugged into a Mohegan or a Pequot money flow who look less Indian than I do, but alas, all of my roots go straight back to Campania and Galway.

    • http://2012.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

      1. Cherokee were more light-skinned than most even before they and whites began to intermarry.

      2. Your stereotypical view that a “Red Man” can’t also be a redneck tells us a lot about you that… we already knew. In fact an online friend of mine in Oklahoma is full-blooded Choctaw (and looks it) and holds views that you would undoubtedly recognize as being kind of rednecky — but you probably wouldn’t say so to his face because you’d be afraid of offending him. Which he would find hysterically funny.

      • Commander_Chico

        I am reporting my observations of what the two Sioux guys thought – contempt at this guy’s claim.

        I know redneck is a state of mind, but I also meant it in the literal sense of a white guy prone to sunburns.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UG44B3BSUSA2IKDMLCB2AMJ4OM Porkulus Chopius

    Breaking News…Warren campaign announces new theme music…

  • http://www.outsidethebeltway.com rodney dill

    It’s been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

    Ug

  • http://twitter.com/KingShamus TheProphetKingShamus

    Thanks for the linkage, Michael.  I appreciate it.

  • Matelot1

    For the second election in a row, Massachusetts Dems have been so sloppily careless about who should fill “Ted Kennedy’s seat” — or they have felt so mindlessly entitled to it — that they have decided to run an overly-insulated inept, elitist, out-of-touch, rhetorically ungifted political hack Remember when Caroline Kennedy blew in to Massachusetts hoping to fill Uncle Teddys (D-Chappaquidick) seat until the special election? I’m sure she was qualified, she lived in the WH when she was a toddler.

    • Commander_Chico

      Scott Brown is a good guy and the perfect New England Republican – an endangered species.    

      You’ve got Collins, Snowe, Brown and Chris Shays, that’s it.

      • jim_m

         There are far more than you realize.  The whole south shore of the Boston area is full of conservatives (well,conservative for Massachusetts, and conservative enough that even I fit in).  The Dennis & Callahan radio show is top rated and is VERY conservative.  Voters are fed up with the dem machine and the corrupt, out of touch left. 

        The only problem is that the GOP is too poorly organized to take real advantage of the situation. But that may not last for the dems.  They don’t really have many candidates there that are competent.

        • Commander_Chico

          Dennis & Callahan, didn’t they get kicked off of the air for drawing an analogy from gorillas to black school kids?

          I am a little familiar with the area.  The South Shore is full of people who fled Boston when they saw a black face in the neighborhood.

          When I meant “endangered species,” I meant the old Saltonstall, Brooke and Henry Cabot Lodge type of noblesse oblige moderate Republican, not rabid right-wingers.

          • jim_m

             Sorry.  D&C are still on the air and there are a lot of blacks, Hispanics and Asians in Quincy so it isn’t the bastion of white supremacy you want to paint it as.

            Perhaps you know less about it than you imagine.

          • Commander_Chico

            I was thinking of Marshfield and Scituate.  Quincy is a city.

          • jim_m

            Still a suburb, and I know a lot of people from Scituate and they are hardly how you characterize them.

          • Guest

            Yeah, they got kicked off the air for two weeks, and the radio station’s General Manager was canned.

    • MichaelLaprarie

      Actually Caroline Kennedy (a resident of New York) was mentioned as a possible candidate to fill Hillary Clinton’s NY Senate seat when she assumed duties as Secretary of State.  This would have been an appointment made by the Governor.  But your point is still valid – Caroline Kennedy withdrew her name from consideration after it became apparent that her only real qualification for the Senate was … her last name.

  • GarandFan

    Actually Warren should fit right it with Johnny Kerry and the Kennedys.

  • Meiji_man

    I think a smarter person then I could draw a line between her and these “hipsters” that are infesting my town down here with their plaid shirts and PBR habits. 

    Damn poseurs every one. 

  • LiberalNitemare

    Funny how George Zimmerman is white, but Elizibeth Warren is Indian.
    I guess we really are post-racial.

  • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

    To me, the real scandal is that Warren’s claim of minority status wasn’t challenged every time that she made the claim. I suspect that had she made such a claim while living in Oklahoma, someone would have challenged her to prove her claim.

    People who grew up in Oklahoma (such as myself) usually know something about the way that Native Americans legally prove their minority status. Each person claiming to be a Native American has to provide a roll number (the creation of the Dawes Commission) in order to obtain government benefits provided to Native Americans.

    If Warren were to produce such a roll number pertaining to herself, then that roll number would prove that she is a Native American. However, Warren has not produced such a roll number pertaining to herself, and residents of Massachusetts may not know that Warren needs such a roll number to legally prove that she is a Native American.

    Oh, for what it’s worth, Warren’s outward appearance is meaningless when it comes to proving whether or not she is a Native American.  A person could be a legally-recognized member of the Cherokee Nation even if that person looked like Warren, as long as that person has the required roll number.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDCC5K6M4WXTMX5EC52CCSGTVU Mario

    She speaketh with forked tongue!

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