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What Is Elizabeth Warren?

PETER O’CONNOR
Staff Columnist
oconnor@lbknews.com

Elizabeth Warren, at least is as much as 1/64th Native American Indian, which I guess means the rest of her is made up of various other fractions of Homo Sapiens, none of which she particularly wants to talk about.

Wonder Land By Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal, Thursday, October 18,2018)

“If you are going to be a national Democratic politician these days  — with so much emphasis on not being seen as racist, antiwomen or anti many other things – choosing which strand of your DNA to embrace could be important.

Conventional wisdom says the DNA report backfired on the senator.  Maybe not.”

(I came to Florida years ago from Massachusetts before the era of Senator Warren.  Candidly, as I recall those days in Mass, no one up there took her seriously, even as a Harvard Law professor.  I sat a row in front of Warren once on a flight south out of Boston, I think to Washington; big deal.)

More from Henninger: “ This is what our politics has come to  — microscopic debates over genetic segments, assertions of sexual or ethnic identity and battles about biases against just about anything.

Once upon a time in America there was a better way.  It was called the American melting pot.  Years ago I went to a Friendly Sons of St. Patrick dinner in New York, about the time when multiculturalism was just starting to chop up the idea the idea of being an ‘American’ into ethnic and racial pieces.  The keynote speaker was Justice Antonin Scalia, who with his characteristically pointed humor took on the new idea of ‘identity.’

Henninger, again:  Scalia described how the student body at Xavier High School, an all-boys Catholic school on Manhattan’s West 16th Street, was made up then of Irish, Poles, Italians, Germans, Hungarians, and others from New York’s ethnic groupings.  It was a military academy, and the students were asked to march in uniform in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.  As I recall his words, Scalia said:  ‘I was Italian. No one was more Italian than I was.  But by God, for one day a year every one of us walked on Fifth Avenue together and we were all Irish,”

Scalia lost the argument. The melting pot went out of fashion and was overrun by identity politics.

(I had similar memories, although certainly not at Xavier.   I went to All Hallows in the Bronx, near Yankee Stadium.  We too marched in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.  We had no uniforms!  The Brothers were from Ireland; many of my fellow students were also   All Hallows was really a big deal. I’d say Scalia won that argument,.)

Still more from Henninger:  “Asked about Sen. Warren’s DNA discoveries, President Trump said, ‘Who cares?’

Well, he does.  He has called her ‘Pocahontas’ repeatedly.  If we have learned anything in the modern media age, it’s that an accusation or characterization repeated often enough could become a political problem.

Ms. Warren’s refutation from Prof. Carlos Bustamonte might look preposterous —  1/1,024th    but it was probably necessary. Ms. Warren herself is a skilled practitioner of the ad nauseam accusation.

The conventional wisdom is that the DNA report backfired and may damage Ms. Warren’s standing as a possible nominee providing fodder for ridicule from Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Joe Biden.  I doubt it.

Ms. Warren understands that the conventional wisdom about what works in politics died with the Trump presidency.  She has elevated herself as Mr. Trump’s most visible opponent.

The most ambitious politicians are becoming increasingly cynical about the reality of inhabiting a world defined by social media and biased press spin.  You play the game.  Elizabeth Warren    who incidentally has created a formidable national political machine    is playing it.”

Henninger closes:    “Personally, I don’t understand Elizabeth Warren’s appeal at all, with or without whatever is located on chromosome 10.

But come 2020, that won’t matter,”

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