The current political buzz concerns U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s future with Hillary Clinton. The question being asked is, “Will Warren become Clinton’s running mate.” Well, what if she does?
Clearly, Clinton values Warren’s determination to take down Donald Trump, as indicted by a CBS story: “Warren’s willingness to take on Trump, who has made her his target just as often, has also been valuable for Clinton on the campaign trail.”
Over at The Hill, Niall Stanage writes, “By tapping Warren, Clinton could go a long way to reassuring progressives, including those who vigorously supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the Democratic primary campaign.”
An ABC News story states, “Elizabeth Warren, the progressive champion and possible vice presidential pick for Clinton, showed she has the ability to bring out voters who normally would have stayed home or out of the process altogether.”
The Massachusetts senator certainly has an appeal to Democrat voters that can motivate the latter to get out to vote in November. That is a stark contrast to Donald Trump’s appeal to Republican voters.
The Hill reports, “The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal national survey found that 52 percent of GOP voters aren’t happy with Trump as the party’s standard-bearer, while 45 percent say they’re satisfied. The numbers are flipped for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton: 52 percent of Democratic voters are satisfied, while 45 percent aren’t.”
Clinton’s rating among Democrat voters would likely go up if she did choose the Massachusetts senator as her running mate. Still, such a choice would not be perfect.
Warren gained notoriety by presenting herself as a Native American prior to her venture into politics. Although she has claimed to be Cherokee, she has not demonstrated that she meets the qualification for being a member of the Cherokee Nation.
The Cherokee Nation website states the following:
“Cherokee Nation citizenship does not require a specific blood quantum. It does require that you have at least one direct Cherokee ancestor listed on the Dawes Final Rolls, a federal census of those living in the Cherokee Nation that was used to allot Cherokee land to individual citizens in preparation for Oklahoma statehood. To be eligible for a federal Certificate Degree of Indian Blood and Cherokee Nation tribal citizenship, you must be able to provide documents that connect you to a direct ancestor listed on the Dawes Final Rolls of Citizens of the Cherokee Nation with a blood degree. This roll was taken between 1899-1906 of Citizens and Freedmen residing in Indian Territory (now northeastern Oklahoma) prior to Oklahoma statehood in 1907.”
Being that Warren grew up in Oklahoma, she should have known that one needs to possess a Dawes Commission roll number in order to claim to be Cherokee. It isn’t enough to cite one’s own family lore.
In a 2014 U.S. News story, Brian Walsh writes, “Whether Warren falsely claimed to be a minority in order to game the system and advance her career is a question that goes to the heart of her honesty and integrity. It’s also a question that will confront her if she ever seeks higher office.”
One might wonder if Hillary Clinton has pondered that question.