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My Squaw From Another Ma, Elizabeth Warren

You know, Aggie, I’ve been thinking my cheekbones look a little higher lately. And I remember once my great aunt Minihaha said our family was part Cherokee—I mean Navajo, of course, Navajo.

The Navajo Nation will mark history Friday when it officially announces a $554 million settlement from the U.S. government, putting an end to years of litigation.

The landmark agreement stems from a 2006 lawsuit in which the nation says the U.S. mismanaged trust fund assets dating back to 1946.

“It’s monumental. This is the largest trust responsibility award from the United States in the history of Indian country. It will never completely redress the wrongs done to prior generations, but it’s going to allow some opportunities for future generations,” said Dana Bobroff, deputy attorney general for the nation.

Indian? Surely he means First Peoples. Whatever.

If I come up with a recipe for Crab Louis like Betty Buckskin did in Pow Wow Chow, how much of that Injun money could I claim?

For those doubters, here’s a family snapshot of my Uncle Milty.

Can’t get more indigenous than that!

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Cherokee Note Speaker

I clicked on this link to read about Liz Warren’s latest populist screed, and a Geico commercial featuring a pig named Maxwell started playing. Not kidding.

Of course, when you think about it…

It must be Maxwell’s high cheekbones.

Senator Elizabeth Warren says she picked up a lot of her feistiness from reading Nancy Drew novels as a kid. Today she believes the most important mystery to solve is how to get the American economy working for someone other than billionaires.

It’s a message she’s been taking all over the country, and she isn’t afraid to call banks, credit card companies and some employers cheats and tricksters.

“The biggest financial institutions figured out they could make a lot of money by cheating people on mortgages, credit cards and payday loans,” she told a packed auditorium at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she spoke alongside New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. [I bet that duo sold more tickets than did Simon and Garfunkel's Central Park reunion. Ed.]

The Democrat from Massachusetts even said the market is broken in many regards.

Actually, Lieawatha, they make more money on regular mortgages, credit cards, and loans. Especially when you figure in the enormous fines incurred by the “bad apple” financial institutions. The “market” sounds like it’s working fine.

But let’s [yawn] hear her out:

Warren was the driving force behind the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after the 2008 financial crisis. The agency has returned billions of dollars to Americans who were wronged.

“Traffic works better with traffic lights,” she explained.

What about if the traffic cops are crooked?

The Washington Times, citing congressional investigators, internal documents, and interviews with employees, reports that workers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed 115 official grievances through the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) in 2013 alone.

Among the complaints are that managers retaliated against employees for comments or questions that they didn’t like by denying vacation time, refusing internal requests for promotion, and hiring unqualified acquaintances who would have to be trained by employees in lower positions.

“Certain managers have adopted an authoritarian, untouchable, unaccountable and unanswerable management style,” CFPB enforcement attorney Angela Martin told Congress earlier this year.

More seriously, according to the Times, Martin’s testimony alleged the existence of an entire department at the CFPB nicknamed “The Plantation” that is staffed almost entirely of black workers supervised by white managers with no obvious promotional track.

“There is an entire section in Consumer Response Intake that is 100 percent African-American, even the contractors, and it is called ‘The Plantation,'” Martin said. “And people tell me it’s very hard to leave The Plantation. You must be extremely savvy, or you must [have] somebody else [help you] to get out.

Not even the traffic cops in Ferguson, MO talk this way!

And this only makes our case better than we could ourselves: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.”

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Her Mouth Says No

But her forked tongue says something else:

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has said repeatedly she is not running for president, took one of her strongest actions yet to discourage supporters, sending a letter from her election attorney Friday intended to disassociate herself from the “Ready for Warren” campaign.

“This letter serves as a formal disavowal of the organization and its activity,” Warren’s attorney, Marc E. Elias wrote to the Federal Election Commission. “The senator has not, and does not, explicitly or implicitly, authorize, endorse, or otherwise approve of the organization’s activities.”

And in case that’s not clear enough, Elias goes on to say that “To the contrary, Senator Warren has publicly announced that she is not running for president in 2016.”

That’s how the Boston Glob puts it.

How about Howie Carr in the Herald?

People ask, Is Granny Warren running?

Is she running? Have you seen her lately, especially when she’s asked what she considers a tough question, in front of TV camera?

Running? I haven’t seen a Native-American move this fast since the old newsreels of Jim Thorpe.

The Globe has taken to describing her phobia about taking any stands on anything other than cheapjack Wall Street demagoguery as “carefully calibrated.”

That’s one way of putting it. The oldtime Boston city councilor Freddy Langone was a bit more colorful every time he’d watch fellow councilor Chris Iannella pull a Granny and duck out of the chambers whenever something controversial came up.

“There he goes, he’s a regular Bill Rodgers!” Freddie would yell. (Bill Rodgers was a Caucasian Jim Thorpe.)“He’s got his runnin’ shoes on. Come back here, you, ya got a yellow streak down ya back!”

Oh, snap! Howie’s crack is about how she runs from any question tougher than “How”. But if she’s running from questions, one must wonder what she’s running for.


How big is the lie?

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Lizzie Warren Took an Axe/And Gave Ma Clinton Forty Whacks

More like a tomahawk than an axe:

In an echo of 2008 — when Ted and Caroline Kennedy backed upstart Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton — members of the Kennedy clan have been quietly wooing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and encouraging her to throw her hat in the ring, sources tell me.

The question of whom to back in the 2016 presidential race has split the Kennedys down the middle. Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, and their eldest son, former US Rep. Joe Kennedy II, favor Warren — the darling of the party’s left-wing base who now sits in Ted Kennedy’s old seat — while Bobby Jr. and Max Kennedy remain loyal to Hillary Clinton.

Over the past several weeks, the Kennedys have tried to settle their family quarrel by inviting Clinton and Warren to their compound in Hyannis Port, where each woman has been put through a kind of audition for the role of party standard-bearer.

Clinton and Warren were feted on separate occasions at a catered buffet lunch under a large tent. In addition, Hillary and Bill Clinton were treated to a sail aboard the Kennedy schooner, the Maya.

Despite the death of the family patriarch, Ted, the Kennedys still consider themselves the torchbearers of the Democratic Party.

That these genetic mutants think themselves representative of anything (other than the perils of excess) is astonishing. I used to enjoy these Democrat civil wars, but then we got eight years of Barack Obama. Another eight of Betty Buckskin is too much even to contemplate.

Not least to Bill and Hill:

“Bill and Hillary take the threat from Elizabeth Warren very seriously and are doing everything in their power to neutralize her,” said a member of the Clintons’ inner circle. “In July, they cut short their vacation in the Hamptons and flew by private jet up to the Cape, where they had lunch with Bobby and his fiancée, [actress] Cheryl Hines, Ethel, Joe, Rory, Max, Doug and Bobby Shriver and Chris Lawford.

“Bill was in full campaign mode,” this source added. “He made a point of talking to every member of the family, shook every hand, and remembered the names of everyone from the youngest to the oldest.

“Hillary was pretty reluctant about sailing on the Maya, but Bill told her that you can’t visit the Kennedys and not go for a sail. The outing on the choppy waters of Nantucket Sound was pretty rough, and Hillary was a little green around the gills.”

When you consider the company, can you blame her?

But there was one detail that particularly galled me:

“A Kennedy endorsement matters,” said a family member. “It’s not just the aura of being compared to JFK, Bobby and Ted. But it’s also the use of the Hyannis Port compound and the JFK Library, which are magnets for fund-raisers.”

The Kennedy Library is a Democrat money magnet? When it’s a public/private entity?

The Kennedy Library Foundation has its origins in the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Inc., a non-profit corporation that was chartered in Massachusetts on December 5, 1963, to construct and equip the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Massachusetts.

The Corporation, under its first president, Robert F. Kennedy, raised more than $20 million in private funds for the construction of the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum by public subscription. Among the Corporation’s many responsibilities were the raising and management of all building funds, the selection of the Library site, the appointment of the architect and exhibit designers, the selection of the general contractor, and the actual supervision of all construction. The Kennedy Library Corporation transferred title of the completed library to the United States Government on October 20, 1979 at a dedication ceremony attended by President Jimmy Carter.

In 1984, the work of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Corporation was reorganized and incorporated under Massachusetts law as the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation currently employs 26 full and part-time staff who work closely with the Library’s federal employees to help fulfill the mission of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The private financial support provided by the Kennedy Library Foundation enables the federal government to expand the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s research and archival capacity, to undertake marketing and public information projects, to offer intern and research fellowship programs, to enhance its museum and exhibits, and to offer nationally recognized educational and public programming.

The close relationship between the Library and Foundation illustrates the benefits to society and the American taxpayer that accrue from such public/private partnerships.

Thanks so much, America! I hope every family can take advantage of the tax laws to build a waterfront mausoleum to their patriarch, and then use it for partisan politicking. As they said of ObamaCare, do it for Ted!

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President S*itting Bull

I have to confess at the outset that I get this stuff wrong. I don’t get how we elect presidents. Obama? Who thought he was a good idea?

Hillary? What a joke.

Elizabeth Warren? Our Elizabeth Warren? Fauxcahantas? Crockagawea? Lieawatha?

President???

The notion that Elizabeth Warren should challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party presidential nomination has been optimistically tossed around in left-wing circles for a while now. Activists at Netroots Nation recently chanted ”Run, Liz, run.” And no doubt, the excitement generated by Warren is a function of her ideological sincerity—a sincerity that’s most obvious when contrasted with Hillary Clinton’s lack of earnestness and pandering.

Maybe American idealism has degraded to the point that a politician who promises to stand on a picket line with fast food workers rather than a politician that promises to help fast food workers find better paying jobs is the one that captures the imagination of grassroots activist. Maybe progressivism has always been that way. It seems unlikely, though, that this kind of superficial populism will capture the imagination of the average voter. As the economy improves, in fact, inequality mongering will likely lose some of its political power—a development Barack Obama could probably confirm these days. When it worked, Obama’s rhetoric could be uplifting. He promised all of you health care. Warren promises you $10.10 a hour.

That’s not fair. Elizabeth Warren talks about how the middle class gets “hammered”. In fact, it would make a great drinking game to take a shot every time she uses the word. The only way to survive an election season with her running would be in a perpetual bourbon-infused buzz.

Still, if only to revisit her ludicrous Indian claims (especially her plagiarism of New York Times recipes in the patronizingly titled Pow Wow Chow), I would support her candidacy.

After all, it’s not like we’d ever elect an unreconstructed socialist with two years experience in politics to be the leader of the free world.

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The Second Time as Farce

Sacagawea helped guide Lewis and Clark to the Pacific coast of Oregon.

Some 210 years later, Crockagawea—aka Fauxcohantas, aka Lieawatha, aka Betty Buckskin—performs the same role, only instead of Lewis and Clark, she’s guiding Benjamins!

Elizabeth Warren heading to Oregon to help Sen. Jeff Merkley fend off an unexpectedly tough challenge: The senator is flying to Portland next Wednesday for a “grassroots fundraiser.” Republicans nominated pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby in Tuesday’s primary, who they think can put the state on the map. Democrats have sent Andrew Zucker to be Merkley’s deputy campaign manager, reassigning him from Louisiana – where he’s been assisting Sen. Mary Landrieu’s reelect. He ran communications for Ed Markey in the Massachusetts special election last June to fill the seat opened by John Kerry’s elevation to State.

I think it’s so cool that Democrats, especially a Democrat woman, are pulling out all stops to prevent a woman from being elected to the Senate. I would have thought a pediatric neurosurgeon would add to the skill set of the Senate, but if Democrats think otherwise, that’s why we hold elections.

Some might call all this ganging up on a highly qualified candidate a “War on Women”, but who really uses such melodramatic language? It’s comical even to contemplate.

As a native Beaver Stater, and adoptive Bay Stater, I hope I can warn my old friends and neighbors. Harvard Law School may employ a Tribe (Laurence), but it is not itself a tribe. Elizabeth Warren is about as Native American as anyone who pronounces the state “Or-uh-gahn” is native Oregonian. Which is to say, 0/32nds.

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Bloodthirstan Book Club! [UPDATED]

Move over, Oprah (sorry, I didn’t mean anything, there’s plenty of room, really). BTL is launching a book club.

Half of you read Hillary’s new book, Chard Choices (I guess it’s a cookbook), and the other half read Elizabeth Warren’s tome, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee—no, sorry, A Fat Chance. Aggie and I will facilitate discussion (w/o reading either one).

We’ll want particularly to examine how each woman faced up to hardship in her life. Like when Lieawatha got called anti-Indian epithets by the white kids or Hillary got a blue dress not her own back from the dry cleaners.

To call these books does a disservice to Hemingway and Flaubert. They’re manifestos (With apologies to Marx and Engels). Most ambitious candidates write one. This was my favorite:

Oops. My mistake. He has better hair.

Btw, if you think Warren isn’t running, you’re as dumb as she thinks you are. She’s got to fly under the Clinton radar as long as possible or draw fire.

UPDATE:

An excellent retelling of Fauxcahantas’ Fable in US News. The trail of tears recounts not only the number of times she casually slipped into and out of her buffalo hides, but how cynical the whole affirmative action game is. Harvard touted her as their first law prof of color. (I wasn’t aware that clear was a color.) In one swing of a tomahawk, her career and the racial diversity shell game are laid bare.

UPPERDATE:

Did Crocagawea plant this question?

MATT LEE, AP: I have a brief question on the QDDR [Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review]. Off the top of your head, can you identify one tangible achievement that the last QDDR resulted in?

JEN PSAKI, State Department spokesperson: Obviously its an extensive expansive process.

LEE: Just one.

PSAKI: The Secretary wants it to be focused on a more narrow range of issues, its always to look at how we can improve things, and we’ll see where we come out in the end.

LEE: So, can you off the top of your head identify one tangible achievement that resulted from the last QDDR?

PSAKI: I am certain that those that were here at the time worked hard on that effort and could point out one.

LEE: Since you’ve come on board that you’ve noticed, that you noticed that you can point to and say wow the first QDDR identified this as a problem and dealt with it.

PSAKI: As you know, I’ve only been here since it was concluded. I’m sure there are a range of things that I’m not even aware of results.

LEE: I won’t hold my breath.

C’mon man, what difference, at this point, does it make?

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Look Who’s on the Warpath

Lie-a-watha, Fauxcahantas, Crocagawea, Betty Buckskin…call her what you like as long as you call her the senior senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:

The unresolved Native American question is seen as a potential campaign issue.

Politico said Warren admitted she initially “fumbled” when reporters first asked her about it.

When Brown picked up the drumbeat, Warren said, “He attacked my dead parents. I was hurt, and I was angry.”

“I was stunned by the attacks.”

Politico’s report recites Warren’s oft-repeated claim of family lore, without any new documentation: “Everyone on our mother’s side — aunts, uncles, and grandparents — talked openly about their Native American ancestry. My brothers and I grew up on stories about our grandfather building one-room schoolhouses and about our grandparents’ courtship and their early lives together in Indian Territory.”

He attacked your dead parents?

What, like those cannibals in Pakistan who dug up graves to feast upon the bodies buried therein? Is that the secret to his good looks?

Just for the record, Elizabeth Warren is 0/32nds Cherokee. And if you went to 64ths or 128ths, I very much doubt you’d find a platelet of Indian blood. Even in this book, her one big chance to set the record straight, she relies solely on family “lore”:

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.”

“Pretty common”? Is she implying Cherokee are libertines and sluts, promiscuous savages sleeping with any paleface who flashes a few beads their way?

What difference, at this point, does it make, you ask?

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.

Of course she didn’t use her “background”! She doesn’t have any background, except as white trash made good. She used a casually adopted, and even more casually discarded (hence the charge of “spiritual genocide”), identity as the descendant of a noble and victimized people. Perfect for advancement in academia!

Not that we should believe one word from her forked tongue, but I like this tale:

After legislation was passed creating the [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau], Warren was informed that some named and unnamed advisors close to Obama opposed her as the nominee to head that department. One unnamed advisor to the president reportedly told Warren that her role would be a “cheerleader” for the new agency.

“I assume that was meant as a metaphor, but I had to wonder: Cheerleader?” Warren wrote. “Would the same suggestion have been made to a man in my position? I did not rush out to buy pom-poms.”

I could ridicule her humorlessness, but I like the seething anger at a fellow Democrat. At least he didn’t attack her dead parents.

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Great Minds Think Alike

Or else:

Witness the political tempest that blew up in response to the December 3 op-ed we published by Democrats Jon Cowan and Jim Kessler of the Third Way think tank. The former aides to Andrew Cuomo and Chuck Schumer, respectively, would be considered liberals in most places outside of the Harvard faculty lounge. But the campus and union left that increasingly controls the Democratic Party has launched a campaign to purge them for their deviation from progressive dogma.

Messrs. Cowan and Kessler had the temerity to suggest that the average American voter might not be as liberal as the New Yorkers who chose Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio or the Massachusetts voters who fell for Senator Elizabeth Warren. They argued that economic populism of the redistributionist kind was a political loser in most of America.

The authors were also guilty of acknowledging research from the Congressional Budget Office showing that Social Security is going broke. Progressives believe it’s high treason to admit the undeniable fact that such entitlements are paying out more in benefits than they collect in taxes. If left unchecked, such candor might motivate politicians to consider reform, and the last thing the left wants is a debate over the limits of the welfare state.

But the progressives didn’t try to rebut the op-ed’s arguments. Instead they set out to silence Third Way, intimidate Democratic politicians and donors into disavowing the group, and discredit the think tank on grounds that—gasp!—some of its supporters work at financial companies.

Senator Warren made her contribution to the new progressive orthodoxy by sending a letter to six large banks demanding that they disclose donations to think tanks. “If the information provided by think tanks is little more than another form of corporate lobbying, then policymakers and the public should be aware of the difference,” wrote the Member of the Banking Committee that oversees banks.

Ms. Warren, who was well paid as a lawyer for business clients even as she pursued her liberal political causes at Harvard, seems to think that every think tank is merely a mouthpiece for donors. Heaven forbid Messrs. Cowan and Kessler might believe what they write.

Elizabeth Warren is an unreconstructed Stalinist. Not content with committing “spiritual genocide” against Native Americans, she would line every American capitalist up against the wall and shoot them. (Without benefit of a last cigarette.)

And she’s got comrades:

The Democratic party’s further shift to the left is worrisome to some of the party’s more moderate members, such as Morning Joe contributor Steve Rattner. A former member of the Obama administration’s task force to address the auto-industry crisis, Rattner joined Joe Scarborough in pushing back against Howard Dean, who argued that a more left-leaning party is not a problem.

“As a centrist Democrat, I am scared about the progressive wing of my party — I’m scared,” Rattner interjected.

And she’s got her Stalin:

REP. BOB GOODLATTE (R-VA): Professor Turley, the constitution, the system of separated powers is not simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. It’s about protecting the liberty of Americans from the dangers of concentrated government power. How does the president’s unilateral modification of act of Congress affect both the balance of power between the political branches and the liberty interests of the American people?

JONATHAN TURLEY: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The danger is quite severe. The problem with what the president is doing is that he’s not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. He’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid. That is the concentration of power in every single branch.

[W]e have had the radical expansion of presidential powers under both President Bush and President Obama. We have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority. And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are quite large that issue regulations.

I’ve asked this before: do you think these people are going to go quietly? That they will respect the outcomes of elections in 2014 and 2016? Increasingly, I don’t.

PS: Even Stalinists don’t like what they’re seeing:

“You’re attributing to Obama not only good intentions but good actions around Afghanistan and Iraq. Actually he’s not acting well. He’s acting like any imperial leader would act,” Ayers told his interviewer in a new Chicago Magazine story, published online Tuesday.

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Chief Shi**ing Bull Speak-um With Forked Tongue

Help, Senator Warren! The middle class is getting “hammered” by a rapacious entity that seeks to monopolize an entire industry and tell people what they may and may not buy. “Folks” are losing what they have long held, and being forced to buy something more expensive, with features they neither need nor want. Oh yeah, and the the entity can’t run a dishwasher, much less a website, much, much less one-sixth of the US economy.

This is a job for Consumer Gal!

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, on Friday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to allow health insurers to issue plans for one more year that do not meet the standards set out by the Affordable Care Act, as a transitional move.

“What the president’s done is said no one for a year, no insurance company, needs to cancel its coverage because of the Affordable Care Act,” Warren said, speaking to reporters after an Associated Industries of Massachusetts breakfast at the Westin Hotel in Waltham. “They’re trying to make the transition work. They’re trying to do everything they can to make it work and get people into the system.”

However, asked whether individuals should be able to keep their current insurance plans indefinitely if they do not meet the minimum standards laid out by the Affordable Care Act, Warren did not say yes or no, but implied that she agreed with the changes required by the new law. “I think what we’re looking for is to get people coverage that means something,” Warren said. “We do not sell cars with three wheels. We sell cars that travel on our highways and that have some basic standards of safety. And that’s what we’re talking about with insurance, making sure that if people are paying for insurance, they’re getting some insurance.”

Well, ma’am, you can buy a three-wheeled car, a Beemer no less:

But people don’t need to be protected from scurrilous car salesmen peddling vehicles just shy of the requisite number of wheels. People can count to four (most of them). So, I don’t get why they can’t choose their own insurance plan. For many people (most people?), an insurance plan is insurance against something, or in case of something. Who needs to be insured against a bad cold? Pneumonia and a stay in the hospital, sure—but what business is it of the government to summarily cancel policies and impose more expensive ones in their place? And as cancer survivors are telling us: policies that may extinguish what flickers of hope of survival they may have?

A day after Obama acknowledged that the administration “fumbled the rollout” of the health care law, Warren said similarly that “there’s clearly been a problem with the rollout.” The other major issue that has plagued the rollout has been problems with healthcare.gov, the national website that controls many of the states’ new health insurance exchanges, although not Massachusetts’. The administration has said the site, which went live Oct. 1, is expected to be working smoothly only by the end of November.

Warren said the site is “getting better.” “They tell us they’re going to have it basically completely functional by the end of the month,” she said. “And I think that’s going to be the key to it. It’s going to be the way that people without insurance are able to get health insurance, affordable health insurance, insurance that will cover them.”

She not 1/32nd Cherokee; she’s half parrot, repeating word for word what the namesake of ObamaCare just said—and all of it lies!

She’s not Consumer Gal. She’s Bay State Bob(bi).

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Watch Out, America

Elizabeth Warren could be the next President.

Elizabeth Warren is the senior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She claimed Native American heritage in order to advance her somewhat so-so career as a law prof. She was at a no-name school in the midwest when she checked the box for Native American and ended up first at UPenn and later at Harvard. Harvard advertised having a Native American on the faculty. From there she went to the US Senate, but the real Native Americans unmasked her false claim.

She is the darling of the Left because she really, really, really hates Business and adores Big Government. And the world is just that black and white for her.

…Can Democratic activists, for whom politics is catnip, cheerfully contemplate the uncontested nomination of someone who will be 69 on Election Day 2016, who will have been conspicuous in the nation’s life for a quarter of a century, and who cultivates nostalgia for the last decade of the previous century? Can forward-leaning, clench-fisted MSNBC viewers really work themselves into a lather of excitement about the supposed feminist triumph of smashing the ultimate “glass ceiling” for a woman whose marriage took her to the upper reaches of politics? Do Democrats, ankle-deep in the rubble of Obamacare’s paternalism, really want to nominate the author of Hillarycare? Before a Democratic-controlled Congress spurned it, she explained her health-care plan this way (a delicious quotation excavated by the Wall Street Journal’s Holman Jenkins):

“We just think people will be too focused on saving money and they won’t get the care for their children and themselves that they need. .?.?. The money has to go to the federal government because the federal government will spend that money better.”

Come 2016, Clinton may be the one thing no successful candidate can be, and something Warren (or some other avatar of what Howard Dean in 2003 called “the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party”) would not be: boring. The social scientist Robert Nisbet called boredom “one of the most insistent and universal” forces that has shaped human behavior. It still is. So, all those who today regard Clinton’s nomination as it was regarded in 2008 — as a foregone conclusion — should ask themselves: When was the last time presidential politics was as predictable as they think it has become?

Will she be worse than Obama? Can she really be worse? Doubtful. But she won’t be any better. If you like ObamaCare, you’re gonna love single payer.

– Aggie

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At the Fights

In this corner, representing the left-wing wackos, Elizabeth “Don’t Call Me Fauxcahantas” Warren!

And in this corner, representing cut-throat lefties everywhere, Hillary “The Hero of Tuzla” Clinton!

Okay, men, shake hands and come out fighting.

In addition to being strongly identified with the party’s populist wing, any candidate who challenged Clinton would need several key assets. The candidate would almost certainly have to be a woman, given Democrats’ desire to make history again. She would have to amass huge piles of money with relatively little effort. Above all, she would have to awaken in Democratic voters an almost evangelical passion. As it happens, there is precisely such a person. Her name is Elizabeth Warren.

It’s hard to look at the Democratic Party these days and not feel as if all the energy is behind Warren. Before she was even elected, her fund-raising e-mails would net the party more cash than any Democrat’s besides Obama or Hillary Clinton. According to the Times, Warren’s recent speech at the annual League of Conservation Voters banquet drew the largest crowd in 15 years. Or consider a website called Upworthy, which packages online videos with clever headlines and encourages users to share them. Obama barely registers on the site; Warren’s videos go viral.

The poll numbers also suggest the Democratic Party is becoming Elizabeth Warren’s party. Gallup finds that the percentage of Democrats with “very negative” views of the banking industry increased more than fivefold since 2007, while the percentage who have positive views fell from 51 to 31. Between 2001 and 2011, the percentage of Democrats who were dissatisfied with the “size and influence of major corporations” rose from 51 to a remarkable 79.3.

[T]hen there’s the way Hillary Clinton’s weaknesses so perfectly align with the passions of the moment. “There’s very much a wait-and-see approach to Hillary among progressives,” says Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “I think it’s mutually exclusive to be a real hero for reform and accountability and to have a [fund-raising] strategy that relies on Wall Street.” A financial reform activist is more blunt: “Unless there is some major public break by Hillary Clinton with this disreputable crowd, then everybody will have to think long and hard before they support her as president. We do not need yet another administration packed full of Wall Street–friendly politicians.”

When I recently asked a top Clinton campaign operative from 2008 if there’s any Democrat who Hillary should fear in 2016, he immediately named the Massachusetts senator. The typical Democratic insurgent, he explained, captivates the latte-liberal demographic but has trouble making additional gains. This is where Howard Dean ran aground in 2004 and where Bill Bradley stumbled in 2000. “I don’t think there’s anyone out there who can break out of just that left coalition like Warren could,” says the operative, who hopes to work for Hillary again. “She’s got a real message tailored to the middle-class and working-class people.”

[T]he long-standing knock on the Clintons in these circles (unfair in many ways) is that they primarily represent the cause of themselves. “Warren has core convictions that would allow her to answer the question, ‘Why are you running?’ and not spend a lot of money on focus groups,” says Dunn.

It’s very long (very, very long), so unless you really want to see Lie-a-watha receive a tongue bath, don’t waste your time.

And somehow the whole fake Indian thing didn’t survive to the final draft. Hillary won’t make the same mistake:

As in 2008, Greater Hillaryland, if not the Clinton campaign itself, would quietly work to disqualify Warren as a crazed, countercultural liberal. A former Obama campaign aide recalls Clintonites planting stories in foreign newspapers, then watching them enter the domestic bloodstream through outlets like The Drudge Report. This appears to be how Obama’s dubious connection to former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers first gained widespread attention. “They were the kings of bank-shot press attention,” says the aide. “They were pitching stories domestic outlets would not cover . . . because the information they were peddling was so toxic.”

This is like the sports pages, so I don’t blame you for not having the energy or patience right now. But Elizabeth Warren is so ambitious, such a brazen liar, I know she’s going for it in ’16. Know it. But as those are also two of Hillary’s most prominent characteristics, it should be quite a primary fight. Can’t wait.

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