The Berkshire Eagle (site linked below) a local very liberal Massachuttes newspaper wrote an op-ed on Tuesday advocating the Sen. Elizabeth Warren settle once and for all her the debate over her heritage. Warren is the senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts and is widely considered a contender for the presidency in 2020.
Writing for The Berkshire Eagle, the editors said about Warren: “To her admirers, she is a tireless champion for consumer rights, banking reform and socially liberal issues who has a plausible shot at winning the presidency. To her detractors, she is a convenient lightning rod who rivals House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as the liberal that conservatives most love to vilify in their fundraising mailouts.”
The Achilles’ heel for the senator, greatly due to President Trump’s denigrating epithets (meaning even they admit the Presidents insults are working), is Warren’s ongoing claim of Native American heritage. There are allegations that Warren used this claim to further her academic career. In her successful 2012 race for the Senate, her incumbent opponent Scott Brown questioned the authenticity of her claim. So now President Trump regularly refers to Warren as “Pocahontas.”
In Warren’s defense, it is not uncommon for those born in Oklahoma to claim Native American blood, the state’s territory was called “The Indian Nations.” Since the debate has raged, rather than renounce her claim, Warren has doubled down, championing native causes, speaking to native groups of their pride and deriding their treatment at the hands of the U.S. government.
The article in The Berkshire Eagle says, “We cannot know whether this advocacy is an awkward attempt to identify with others of her heritage, or whether it is simply a socially-conscious politician’s desire to right historic wrongs on the part of disadvantaged people.”
The editors of the post-offer this advice for the potential Democratic nominee:
“The same technology that can match a perpetrator to a crime with virtually 100 percent certainty could settle the question of her heritage for all time.
There are now so many commercial DNA heritage-tracking labs in business that they advertise on television. The going rate for one of the most popular tests is $99. All the senator needs to do is spit into a tube, wait a few weeks and get her answer. No matter if the test came up negative or positive, it would constitute a plus for Warren and her political hopes.
Were she to test positive for Native American DNA, it would permanently resolve the issue — while possibly shutting down President Trump. Should the test come up negative, it would be an opportunity for the senator to perform an act rarely seen among politicians: an admission of her error and a full-throated apology to Native American tribes and anyone else offended by her spurious claim. By facing the truth and taking responsibility for it, she would disarm her enemies and show potential voters that she was human and capable of mistakes, just like them. Handled properly, it could become a testimonial to her integrity and truthfulness at a time when that quality is in short supply among the nation’s leadership.
So we call upon our senior senator to screw up her courage and take the spit test. If she already has but is keeping the results under wraps, we urge her to be forthcoming with them. She has nothing to lose but her Achilles’ heel.”
What do you think about this advice?
Credit: The Berkshire Eagle