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Pull up a Cherokee

The stars are aligning for Lizzie Warren.

I wish I had been a fly on this wall:

Progressive activists haven’t agreed on what to call the movement urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president, but they largely concur on this: with every recent anti-establishment move the Massachusetts senator grows more attractive as a 2016 candidate, both in her own right and as a progressive foil for Hillary Clinton.

Such sentiments were on vivid display this week at RootsCamp, a gathering of some 2,000 progressive activists held in Washington, D.C. The event was held as Warren and others on the left have been denouncing the “cromnibus” spending bill winding its way through Congress over provisions they say are too friendly to Wall Street.

One panel at the conference, for instance, was called #HillaryProblems, and it delved into the disconnect between the Democratic establishment and the grassroots. Another was devoted to the “Draft Warren” movement, and included members of groups such as MoveOn.org, which has pledged to spend at least $1 million to nudge the senator into the race, something she has said she won’t do.

Who am I kidding? I bet the walls were covered with flies. And lice.

“This is Elizabeth Warren’s moment,” said Ben Wikler, MoveOn’s Washington director, during the “Draft Warren” panel. “[We] can see [that] this week when the bill that was about to sail through Congress became a national fight because Elizabeth Warren raised the alarm.”

Ahem. It didn’t hurt that conservative Republicans opposed it as well. In fact, it took Obama twisting Democrat arms to get the thing passed.

But fine. Make it all about her.

As David Brooks says:

[T]hat’s why Elizabeth Warren owes it to us to run, or somebody like owes it to us to run to make our lives interesting, of course.

My life is plenty interesting enough walking the Bloodthirsty Puppy and keeping up with bogus rape charges (not against me, I assure you). I can do without Warpath ’16, thank you very much.

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Liz Warren and the Tea Party Smoke-um Peace Pipe?

I was just thinking this myself. I bet a lot of us have:

[Politico:] The tea party’s opposition to the rider puts it in rare agreement with progressives, who also are criticizing the provision but for different reasons. Democratic Party committees would also benefit from the measure, but they do not have the same level of intra-party strife as the Republicans.

“So help me God, I have no way to refute the basic point that the Democrats are making about the CRomnibus fight right now,” RedState’s Leon Wolf wrote. “In fact, I might even go so far as to say they are right.”

“Here we have a bill that will kick the funding question almost a full year down the road, increases government spending, funds a wildly unpopular and probably unconstitutional executive amnesty, and continues the very practices voters sent Republicans to Washington to oppose,” he added. “In this context, what possible good faith reason can the Republicans have for threatening to gum up the whole works over doing a favor to Wall Street?”

That compelling argument caught the eye of no less a figure than Warren herself who approvingly cited this passage on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.

“These conservative activists are right,” the Bay State Senator said after quoting Wolf at length. “If you believe in smaller government, how can you support a provision that would expand a government insurance program and put taxpayers on the hook for the riskiest private activities?”

On Friday, Warren will join with conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in an effort to get another 39 of their fellow senators to kill the “Cromnibus.” The fact that the two populist wings of both parties are beginning to look more and more alike is not lost on their opponents. “Elizabeth Warren clearly now a Democratic Ted Cruz,” an unnamed GOP House member said according to CNBC’s John Harwood.

Let me be clear: I have no use for that fake Indian, none whatsoever. And much of what she’s doing is grandstanding for 2016.

I’ve read one account praising her stand, another critical of it. Both agree that the hill she vows to die on is a rather small mound. Which fits the grandstanding theory.

I’ve let this post stew for about an hour to think it over. Ultimately, I still can’t agree with Betty Buckskin. We’re not “bailing out” big banks, but letting them resume derivatives and other hedging instruments they’ve long employed—as much to lessen risk as to take on more. If it’s a repeat of 2008 we fear, it was more government’s social engineering (government-backed, government-mandated mortgages to people who couldn’t afford them) that melted down the system than capitalist avarice (so-called predatory lending).

There’s way too much spending and way too little spine in the “Cromnibus” for my liking, so I’ll stand in opposition next to Miss 0/32nds Cherokee. But I’ll be checking my back for her tomahawk.

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Hail to the Chief!

What will Elizabeth Warren say when she breaks her pledge not to run for prezzy?

So Sioux me:

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren becomes the officially anointed shadow candidate of the left today in an old-fashioned, Kremlin-style “vote” where she’s the only contender and there is really only one choice: Run, Elizabeth, Run.

The online “voting” run by the influential liberal organization, MoveOn.org, to launch a presidential-style campaign to draft Warren may have been slightly rigged, but could give the Massachusetts senator and her breathless backers a significant new push to test the waters against presumed front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“Our members want to see a contested Democratic primary,” said Ben Wikler, Washington director of MoveOn.org. “This moment was made for Elizabeth Warren. So we’re putting it to a full vote.”

Okay, ‘vote’ may not be the right word. The old communist leaders of Russia and China would have been envious of the percentage Warren will get when the results of the online coronation are announced late this morning. Joe Biden, Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich, sadly, were left off the MoveOn.org ballot.

The liberal group’s 8 million members did have a chance to say they oppose a draft Warren effort, and while they may not have been shipped off to Siberia like in the old communist days, they did risk getting kicked off MoveOn’s mailing list. But there’s no need for that kind of terrifying threat.

“We are pretty confident we are going to soar way above the 50 percent threshold,” a cheeky Wikler said.

Yuk-yuk!

Warren’s repeated denials that she “isn’t” running aren’t deterring progressive groups. They were only more emboldened by the former Harvard professor’s comments in the hard-hitting People magazine interview where she said “I don’t think so” to the presidential question.

To Warren enthusiasts, that means full-steam ahead.

I’m immune to her charms, but her supporters see Kate Upton in a tankini when they look at her.

She sure knows hot to whip them into a frenzy:

Senator Elizabeth Warren, in an increasingly public spat with the White House, on Tuesday issued her fiercest salvo yet about President Obama’s choice for a key Treasury Department post.

The Massachusetts Democrat — in a 4½-page speech with 34 footnotes — rebutted criticism about her opposition to Antonio Weiss, the nominee for undersecretary of domestic finance. She denounced his qualifications for the job, cast the relationship between Wall Street and the White House as dangerously unbalanced, and further dug a divide between the administration and her allies.

In a strikingly personal jab at Weiss and a broader knock at the White House, Warren noted Weiss’s employer, the investment bank and asset manager Lazard, would give Weiss a multimillion-dollar payment if he left for public service.

“Mr. Weiss’s friends at Lazard are giving him a golden parachute valued at about $20 million as he goes into government service,” Warren said at a Capitol Hill event. “For me, this is one spin of the revolving door too many. Enough is enough.”

“Hey there, liberal weenie. Is that a ballot in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”

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Hillary, the Half-Ton Truck

I’m not intentionally sexist (I didn’t make a crack about her mud flaps, after all), but how else am I supposed to take this ad?

I almost want to ask if she comes with a Hemi.

Who is this video for? I’m not a huge country music fan, I’m by no means an expert on the regions of the country where country music is popular, but I like to think I know a little about them from my travels, friends, family and readers. But when I watch this, I’m at a loss as to who they think this is for?

Why, it’s for all those red neck good ol’ boys who appreciate Smart Power, a reset button with Russia, and four murdered Americans in Libya whose deaths at the hands of Muslim terrorists prompted a shrug.

That’s who. As Allahpundit says, it’s like writing a song about Microsoft: “The product is mediocre on its best day, but through some mix of luck and ruthlessness, it’s turned itself into an American institution.”

Typically tone deaf, patronizing, and embarrassing—it’s the perfect Hillary commercial.

Even more typical, it’s reactive:

That painfully lame campaign video? You totally built that.

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Ready for Hillary?

So you’re the one.

GOV. DEVAL PATRICK (D-Massachusetts): Well, I think first of all, Hillary Clinton, Secretary Clinton, excuse me, has been an extraordinary public servant and would be a terrific candidate for president. But I think that the narrative that it’s inevitable is off-putting to regular voters.

CHUCK TODD: So she should be challenged in the Democrat party?

GOV. DEVAL PATRICK: I don’t mean that as a criticism of her. I just think that people read inevitability as entitlement. And the American people want and ought to want their candidates to sweat for the job. You know, to actually make a case for why they’re the right person at the right time.

Boy, if the image of a sweaty Hillary Clinton, Secretary Clinton, excuse me, doesn’t torpedo her chances, Elizabeth Warren doesn’t stand a chance.

The 2014 winner of my annual award for “Member of Congress of the Year” goes to the politician who had such a good year she now defines her party’s future — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

The Massachusetts senator could become the Barack Obama of 2016, able to grab the Democrats’ presidential nomination from the favorite, Hillary Clinton, by coming at her from the left. The defining issue for Democrats in 2008 was Iraq. In 2016 it will be the economy. Warren is much more in step with the party on this issue than is Clinton.

My head is swimming. Warren had the best 2014? Robin Williams had a better 2014. In what sense does a scheming careerist and serial “spiritual genocidist” ever have a good year?

In the sense of Democrat politics:

Warren’s surprising power is evident in her ability to force Clinton, the former senator from Wall Street’s home state and a well-paid speaker for top brokerages, to go on the attack against income inequality.

“I love watching Elizabeth give it to those who deserve to get it,” she said at a late October rally in Boston. Clinton was referring to Warren’s calls for increased regulation of big banks and Wall Street brokers who have “tried to trick and trap and cheat our families.” Clinton also echoed Warren’s rhetoric when she said at the same rally: “Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

In the current Real Clear Politics average of polls asking Democrats to select their top choice as the party’s 2016 presidential nominee, Warren is running second. And she trails Clinton by a huge margin, 51 percentage points.

But a poll taken this month by the progressive group Democracy for America found Warren to be the most popular choice for party activists asked whom they wanted to see run. Warren drew 42 percent support, overshadowing Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) 24 percent and Clinton’s 23 percent.

And who votes in primaries but zealots?

Hillary Clinton is old news, and she’s politically tone deaf. She was divisive as a First Lady, a complete fiasco as Secretary of State, but adequate as a Senator. (And a hell of an investor in cattle futures.) She will not be the nominee, much less the president.

I think Warren will be, and I can’t wait.

Cherokee people! Cherokee tribe!
So proud to live, so proud to die.

It’s your funeral, Crockagawea.

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Sing Along With Liz

What’s the matter, Crockagawea? Didn’t your mammy teach you the words?

Rather, your great-great-great-great grandfather? (Who was white anyway?)

As Senator Elizabeth Warren announced that the Keystone XL pipeline vote had failed to pass, the wailing strains of the Lakota unci maka wiwayang wacipi song floated down from the gallery.

It was Greg Grey Cloud, enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and founder of Wica Agli, a group created to bring back traditional values of masculinity and eradicate violence against women and children.

“Grandfather look at me, I am standing here struggling, I am defending Grandmother Earth and I am chasing peace,” Grey Cloud sang, according to a translation he provided to Lakota Life.

Oh, that explains it. Cherokees hate Sioux music. It’s like east coast and west coast rap. I’m surprised their wasn’t a drive-by bow-and-arrowing.

Who left her in charge of the Senate anyway? How long has she been there, two years? Not even. Pushy broad. Squaw. Whatever.

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Off the Reservation and on the Warpath

I think this is racist, but I can never tell for sure:

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s opposition to President Obama’s Wall Street-backed pick for a top Treasury gig shows she isn’t veering from the populist path she’s ridden to political stardom, despite her new post in party leadership, observers say.

Warren’s office said yesterday she won’t support Obama’s nomination of banker Antonio Weiss as the Treasury’s undersecretary of domestic finance, a position that underscores the Cambridge Democrat’s long-held crusade against Washington’s cozy ties to Wall Street.

A former Treasury official herself, Warren is increasingly concerned about the number of appointees the Obama administration is plucking from Wall Street at the expense of different perspectives, according to her office. She also thinks Weiss’ past work on corporate inversions is a major red flag.

Weiss is a major Democrat donor. Don’t you think his financial support buys him a role in the Obama regime—or are you some kind of Indian giver?

Warren’s opposition, first reported by Politico yesterday, is noteworthy, given just a day earlier she was named to a new post as strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

“That’s a fancy way of saying that I’ve been asked to join the Democratic leadership in helping decide how we can fight most effectively for the people who are counting on us,” Warren said in an email to supporters.

Admitting that they created an identity for her out of thin air is uncharacteristically honest for Exalted Cheekbones. Now, if she’d just confess to her equally fraudulent Cherokee heritage.

Why bother? I’m telling you here and now she’ll be the Democrat nominee in 2016. They nominated Obama in ’08 with even less of a resume than hers. If I had a farm, I’d bet it.

Some of them may be “ready for Hillary”, but I think we’ll all have to get ready for this:

Et tu, MV?

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Lieawatha Up For Promotion

Deputy Assistant Chief, but it’s a tight race:

Senate Democratic leaders are considering adding Sen. Elizabeth Warren to their leadership team, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

The source wouldn’t say which position the Massachusetts liberal is under consideration for, but the four top leadership jobs are expected to be held by the senators currently holding them: Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

One possible post would be the head of the steering committee, which helps dole out committee assignments to Democrats. That position is currently held by Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, who lost his re-election bid, although he told reporters Wednesday night he won’t formally concede until every vote is counted.

It’s not like she hasn’t climbed to her prominent height over the bodies of the fallen—Ted Kennedy, the Cherokee Nation. What’s one dead Eskimo?

And how perfect that Exalted Cheekbones will be in a leadership position for the minority party. Today, the wigwam; tomorrow, the White House!

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Indian Giver

Elizabeth Warren, the ersatz Indian, the chutzpah-Cherokee, the knockoff Navajo, the hoaxin’ Hopi, the imposter Apache, the hemi-demi Seminole is not shy about taking scalps.

Even of her own tribesmen:

“We have to face it: The game is rigged in Congress.”

Wait, isn’t she in Congress? Why, I believe she’s our senior senator!

“We face a basic question in this country: Who does this government work for?” she asked in a 12-minute speech at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. “Is government there only to advance the interests of the rich and powerful? Does government exercise its power only for those who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers? Is there only to strengthen the strong and enrich the wealthy? Or does government work for all of us? Is government working to build opportunities, not only for some of our kids, but for all of our kids.”

Not just for the kids who claim to be an amerind, you mean. Me, I’m so lame-brained, it only occurs to me now to ask: who checks if you check the box claiming to be an ethnicity that even family “lore” can’t support? Is Harvard University going to send Skip Gates to swab your cheek and test your DNA?

But sticking to the point, how delicious is the irony that she’s banging on about economic justice at the Beverly-bleeping-Wilshire Hotel? The shameless Shoshone.

“The problem is everywhere in Washington,” she said. “Power is becoming more more concentrated on one side. And I can go through a long list of examples where powerful industries and lobbyists get spacial [sic] tax deals. They get regulatory loopholes that let them get richer and more powerful while everyone else gets left behind. It happens over and over again in Congress.”

Of the three political institutions in Washington, the presidency, the Senate, and the House, her party has ruled two out of three the past four years, and all three the two years before that. I’m as open to economic populism as the next sucker, but I got a brain.

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She’s Tanned, Rested, and Ready

Well, ready, anyway:

BTL’s private army of moles, spies, and operatives spotted Lieawatha on the local streets yesterday. They said she looked angry. Ugly and angry.

Can’t see it myself:

Anyhow, get ready for more of same:

4 Reasons Elizabeth Warren Should Run for President

President of what? The Rotary Club? Ha-ha, very funny:

1. She Fits the National Mood

Voters aren’t just dissatisfied with Washington, D.C. They’re angry, and they’re anxious.

According to exit polls conducted Tuesday, about two-thirds of voters said the country is on the wrong tack — an even higher percentage than said the same thing during the Republican wave of 2010.

Additionally, voters by a 2-to-1 margin said they expect life will get worse for the next generation of Americans, while about two-thirds said that the economy favors the wealthy.

Just what the “national mood” needs: a class warrior. Can I say “warrior”?

2. Clinton’s Current Standing in the Polls Won’t Last

As anyone who follows politics knows, at around this time eight years ago, Hillary Clinton was widely characterized as her party’s “inevitable” 2008 presidential nominee.

Her eventual loss to Barack Obama demonstrated once again the folly of considering anything in this business to be preordained. And yet, here we go again.

Can’t argue there.

3. Someone Has to Do It

Really? You’re going to take our “senior senator” away from her constituents because “someone has to do it”? Take my senator, please!

4. She Has Little to Lose and a Lot to Gain

When Obama was mulling whether to make a 2008 White House bid, the reasons for him not doing so were clear: He was too inexperienced and too much of an underdog. If he bided his time for another four or eight years, most analysts concluded, he might have a real shot at the presidency somewhere down the line.

Obama ignored that advice, and the rest is history.

Just like our nation: history.

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If You Need a Reason to Vote Republican…

Or at least not-Democrat:

Few politicians have more riding on today’s midterm election than U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has spent the last year stumping coast to coast for Democrats.

The Massachusetts progressive has been a central figure in her party’s efforts to retain control of the Senate, embarking on a hectic travel schedule to back candidates in a host of states from New Hampshire to Colorado.

One reason for Warren’s popularity, which has fueled an effort to draft her in the 2016 presidential race, is that her pro-working-class message is effective on the podium, said Democratic strategist Mike Lux.

“I think the country right now is moving in an economic populist direction,” Lux said.

As of today, Warren has made personal appearances, taped robo-?call messages or made fundraising appeals on behalf of Democrats in nearly every contested Senate race in the country.

I somehow feel I ought to apologize to the rest of America for putting you through that. But then I think how she claims to be “Okie to the core” or “Cherokee”, and I say let them apologize.

But then I come to understand Oklahoma didn’t send Betty Buckskin to the Senate. The Cherokee Nation doesn’t even acknowledge her as a member of the tribe.

Only in Massachusetts. Sorry.

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The Paiute vs. the Pantsuit

Please believe me, I do try to limit, if not eliminate, sexism, ageism, and other cheap attempts at “humor”.

I do try:

Clinton labeled Warren “the passionate champion for working people and middle class families.”

“I love watching Elizabeth,” Clinton added, touting her ability to “you know, give it those who deserve to get it.”

It must have sounded better in the original Ozark. But it’s clear she loves her some Lieawatha.

And you, Fauxcahantas? Care to return the compliment?

When Warren and Clinton both stumped for Martha Coakley, Massachusetts’ Democratic candidate, in Boston on Friday, Warren barely mentioned the former secretary of state.

“Happy to welcome Secretary Clinton back to the commonwealth,” Warren said, firing up the crowd. “We love it!”

Rather chilly.

Compare what Warren said about Clinton with how other members of the Senate have introduced Clinton recently.

“Hillary is a hero to me and too so many others,” said Sen. Al Franken at an event with Clinton on Thursday. “People admire Hillary because she spent her life fighting for economic and social justice.”

Franken then made the praise personal: “And I would add she is funny. By the way, I am not saying that because I want to pay her a nice compliment. I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it. … Hillary is truly, truly funny.”

Sen. Mark Udall, who is running for reelection in Colorado, all but endorsed Clinton for president earlier this week while introducing her.

“We hope she is going to come back over the next few years,” he said to a roaring crowd, before touting Clinton’s record of fighting for workers “all over the world.”

“Hillary is truly, truly funny”? Like Richard Pryor funny? Robin Williams funny? Or more like Steven Wright? Give Crockagawea credit for not resorting to such brazen lies.

Still, for the good of the tribe, these two squaws should bury the hatchet and smoke-em the peace pipe.

PS: I’ll never lay off of the fake Indian, but Hillary had her own moment of ethnic mimicry.

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