Too late for MA Dems to pull a Torricelli?

posted at 10:01 am on May 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Elizabeth Warren may be providing an embarrassing sideshow to the national Democratic effort, but in Massachusetts, she’s the main event.  Warren’s use of unsubstantiated claims to slight Cherokee heritage during her career damaged her credibility, but accusations of plagiarism may end up derailing Warren’s career.  Is it too late for Democrats in Massachusetts to find a new candidate?  The Boston Herald asked the question, and the answer is — unlikely, although not entirely impossible:

“The Democratic Party is really stuck,” countered University of New Hampshire political science professor Andrew Smith. “They essentially cleared the path for her as a candidate, and they can’t get rid of her now. She could conceivably drop out, but I doubt that will be the case, and I doubt the party will try to push her aside.” …

Smith and some Democrats say the party can’t switch front-runners now — it’s probably too late for a big name that could attract big money to jump in and gather the 10,000 signatures needed by a June 5 deadline.

“They’re in a tough spot, but there’s not a lot they can do about it,” Smith said.

Warren had $10.9 million as of late March to Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s $15 million.

“There’s no one else who could get that money,” Democratic pundit Lou DiNatale said. “She herself was well known enough to attract that massive amount of money, so no, she’s not going anywhere.”

“Anyone who is talking about someone waiting in the wings to take her place simply doesn’t understand how the process works,” Democratic strategist Michael Goldman said, citing the tight filing deadline.

Oh, come now.  Democrats didn’t let issues like filing deadlines and state law prevent them from dumping Senator Robert Torricelli in 2002, when they fought to replace him with Frank Lautenberg when a campaign-finance scandal threatened to give the New Jersey seat to –gasp — a Republican!  The state Supreme Court ruled that the laws be damned, Democrats had the right to a candidate on the ballot who wasn’t about to get tossed on his ear by voters.

Besides, Democrats do have someone else on the primary ballot: Marisa DeFranco.  Last week, the immigration lawyer defended Harvard Law School for publicly proclaiming their coup in hiring a “woman of color,” but suggested that they could have expanded their palette beyond peach:

Warren’s primary opponent, Marisa DeFranco, who is trying to raise her profile in the race, is arguing that voters should be concerned about Warren’s “lack of a clear, consistent message” in response to the Native American controversy.

“I’m not sure what her answer is because it’s been so various,” DeFranco said today.

DeFranco said that, in general, it is commendable for universities to trumpet their hiring of minority professors. But she questioned why Harvard listed Warren as a minority.

“Come on, you have to look like a person of color,” she said. “You actually have to be a person of color.”

DiFranco has already qualified for the primary ballot, so Democrats wouldn’t have to get 10,000 signatures in just days to put an alternative up before the filing deadline.  If Warren withdrew, some of her campaign cash could certainly be transferred to DiFranco.  So why not just embrace the dark-horse challenger?  Unfortunately, Democrats in Massachusetts find themselves in a bind — no one’s ever heard of DiFranco, and now everyone’s heard of Warren’s problems with integrity.

They shouldn’t worry, though.  At some point this summer, when it becomes apparent that Warren couldn’t win a statewide contest for dogcatcher, Democrats will sue to get Vicki Kennedy on the ballot, claiming as they did in New Jersey that a withdrawal of the primary winner would present an unfair advantage to Republicans and that state laws should be ignored to get a poor, disadvantaged Kennedy on the ballot.  Knowing what we do of Massachusetts courts, we can expect the Torricelli option to be wide open.  And lest readers believe that such a move would demonstrate so much cynicism that it would never work, just remind yourselves of who represents New Jersey in the US Senate to this day.


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In MA Dem circles, Warren’s resume enhancement barely merits a ‘Meh, whatevs’ reaction.

CorporatePiggy on May 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I picture 2 libs talking about it and saying “we should give her a pass because of all the terrible things that were done to her indian ancestors”
*clueless

VegasRick on May 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Warren should tell the Dems that she’ll drop out as soon as 0bama releases his college transcripts….

cane_loader on May 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Like it or not, MA will return Scott Brown to the Senate.

roy_batty on May 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I just read “The Amateur” by Edward Klein. According to Klein, the Kennedy’s have fallen out of love with Obama and Robert was evidently never sure what the Obamamania was all about. In fact, he reportedly broke a glass when Uncle Ted proposed a toast to Obama.

Not that any of this would stop them from rushing to reclaim a seat they surely believe belongs to someone in their family. Maybe they would take it as an opportunity to be a thorn in Obama’s side who knows.

msmveritas on May 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I picture 2 libs talking about it and saying “we should give her a pass because of all the terrible things that were done to her indian ancestors”
*clueless

VegasRick on May 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Hey, these are liberals. It doesn’t matter whether Warren is 1/32 Cherokee or not. It is the intent to be Native American that counts.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Polling after the Cherokee stuff started shows it’s not affecting her; she’s been closing on Brown. This is Massachusetts, not reality, so laugh at your peril.

arhooley on May 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

What polling are you referring to? According to RCP, the most recent MA polling in this race was done 2 weeks ago, May 7th. Prior to that, the most recent polling was done in late April.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I like it, even if you can’t count on Scott to always vote (R), you know how Princess Heap Big Liar will vote…

It is an improvement, albeit slight…

Khun Joe on May 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

So what’s the latest on the plagiarism charges?

MeatHeadinCA on May 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

maybe the Dems can get that female teacher in North Carolina
who want students arrested who are critical of THIS President.

ToddPA on May 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

It does seem an odd thing for a LAW PROFESSOR to be done in over Plagiarizing a Gimmick Pseudo Ethnic Cookbook. However it’s been in publication for sometime since 1984,

Dr Evil on May 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

No odder than a publisher’s bio of the President with a 17-year old “typo” concerning the origins of his birth.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Indeed.

Those of you who are like-minded, please go here and leave the following comment to indicate your agreement:

It is implausible that Obama didn’t know what his own bio said from 1991 to 2007.

ITguy on May 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Why isn’t this same scrutiny being applied to Obama? Are we just waiting and allowing it to fester? Dang sure shouldn’t be ignored.

DanMan on May 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

So what’s the latest on the plagiarism charges?

MeatHeadinCA on May 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

They’re racist…or bigoted….or something…..

VegasRick on May 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

There are copyright laws. A LAW PROFESSOR would know that.

Dr Evil on May 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The country has gone lawless. Laws are meaningless unless someone enforces them. 0bama and Holder are lawless, and set the tone.

cane_loader on May 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM

You know the Feds were after gangster Al Capone, and they settled for getting him on tax evasion.

I believe that Elizabeth Warren is the weak link. Derrick Bell (Critical Race Theory) calling for more minority women to be hired. Elizabeth Warren – Harvard Law’s first woman of color, and Barack H Obama. Unravel Warren’s hire at Harvard Law, and the whole house of cards falls apart.

Betty Warren might end up being done in by a bogus cookbook that she was dimwitted enough to point out as for proof of her bogus American Indian ancestry. Law Schools teach that Plagiarism is a no no. And Elizabeth Warren is so proud of her hard work as a Law Professor – so proud.

Dr Evil on May 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I picture 2 libs talking about it and saying “we should give her a pass because of all the terrible things that were done to her indian ancestors by white men in pickup trucks. And you know Scott Brown drives a truck. So, basically Scott Brown kills Indians.
*clueless

VegasRick on May 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

CorporatePiggy on May 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Somewhere, Newton Mayor Seti Warren (actual minority) must be kicking himself and saying “I agreed to drop out of the race for this?!”

RedMindBlueState on May 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

What polling are you referring to? According to RCP, the most recent MA polling in this race was done 2 weeks ago, May 7th. Prior to that, the most recent polling was done in late April.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

And the Rass poll was a robo poll. Pretty useless.

And the snowball began to grow to the point that people are fact-checking the origins of her recipes in a publication called Pow Wow Chow. Hard to see how you bounce back from that.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Howie Carr has a piece up on the Herald site about the latest recipe plagiarism.

The big deal about this is, Harvard had booted people who forged their records, copied other peoples work and cheated, yet they keep Warren.

Harvard apparently does not apply the rules to everyone equally.

“Some animals are more equal than others.”

dogsoldier on May 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Too big to fail.

ted c on May 21, 2012 at 10:18 AM

And too prig to bail.

Barnestormer on May 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Thank God the progressive movement is showing itself to the people as what it is. In a few years, we will actually owe these loons a debt of thanks for showing the nation how quickly incompetence can lead to calamity.

StevC on May 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

In politics, nothing is impossible – pull a “Torricelli”, why not?

Slip Teddy Kennedy back on the ballot. Think the MAholes will notice?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

@DLoesch The next Newsweek cover: We Are All Cherokee Now.

Flora Duh on May 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

In politics, nothing is impossible – pull a “Torricelli”, why not?

Slip Teddy Kennedy back on the ballot. Think the MAholes will notice?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I agree. They use dead voters, why not dead politicians? They wouldn’t have to worry about him not voting the party line.

Fenris on May 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I still have not forgiven that crook Lautenberg.

WannabeAnglican on May 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Next to Ward Churchill and Iron Eyes Cody, Elizabeth Warren is now my favorite Native American. Isn ‘t it about time we had a true blue 0/32 Native American like them in the Senate?

Fred 2 on May 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM

The Primary is in September. I don’t think the Kennedy will be able to slick in on this one.

Greg Q on May 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The worst thing that could happen for Scott Brown would be if some generic Democrat were nominated. Republicans only make up something like 15% of the electorate in Massachusetts, we need an “Elizabeth Warren” to win there.

If you have something juicy on Warren, wait until October to release it. One more bad hit, and she’ll likely step down.

BradTank on May 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Dems usually field some relic like Lautenberg or Mondale in these situations. Is Dukakis still alive? Acually, any joker with name “Kennedy” would win it, regardless of baggage. I’d back off her and give her some air right now and then hit her again hard in late September while reminding the citizens of Mass that they already have one ethnic imposter in the senate, the Irish John Kerry. It would be way too embarrassing to have two ethnic imposters.

Buddahpundit on May 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

There are copyright laws. A LAW PROFESSOR would know that.

Dr Evil on May 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

It won’t end her teaching career. Both Charles Olgetree and Laurence Tribe are law professors at Harvard and have had plagiarism controversies that were far more serious than that involving a cookbook. She was very wrong, but Harvard won’t fire her over this.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The funny thing about the Torricelli/Lautenberg switch was that Laut had been a US senator from NJ from 1982 thru 2000 when he declined to seek re-election and retired, paving the way for MF Corzine to take the seat. When Torricelli crashed and burned in 2002, the Dems resuscitated Laut (then age 78) who then turned around and ran again in 2008; so much for spending more time with the family.

This would suggest that there is ample precedent for the Dems to drop Spitting Bull Warren and replace her with corpseman Ted Kennedy as someone else mentioned. He could even go on to a second career like Laut did. The Dems have plenty of dead voters, why not dead politicians?

Marxism is for dummies on May 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

It was too late for Toricelli – but a judge simply ignored New Jersey laww.

mouell on May 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Toricelli was a special case. Toricelli had dropped out, clearing the way for the NJ Supremes to declare that there couldn’t be a legitimate senate race in NJ without a Democrat on the ballot. (Really!)

Warren is close enough in the polls to hope for a Brown late election scandal that might conceivably throw the election her way.

Aardvark on May 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Don’t count Scott Brown out. Remember, Massachusetts for decades had a firm Ted Kennedy-centered political machine. Republicans couldn’t get a word in edge-wise–and, frankly, still can’t in much of Massachusetts.

But there are consequences to one-party dominance. Competition makes politicians smarter and more ethical–just as competition makes athletes run faster and businesses race to lower prices and improve quality. Massachusetts hasn’t had that environment in decades.

That’s why they have screwed the pooch twice against Scott Brown. The first woman they put up against him in 2010 was a train wreck. Elizabeth Warren is no better. The bottom line is that I don’t think the Democrats have a respectable politician in Massachusetts that they could put up to run against Brown.

Outlander on May 21, 2012 at 1:04 PM

There are copyright laws. A LAW PROFESSOR would know that.

Dr Evil on May 21, 2012 at 11:05 AM

It won’t end her teaching career. Both Charles Olgetree and Laurence Tribe are law professors at Harvard and have had plagiarism controversies that were far more serious than that involving a cookbook. She was very wrong, but Harvard won’t fire her over this.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

There must be alumni of Harvard Law, that want a house cleaning of the Law School, and some kind of higher standards put in place, and maintained, like say Mitt Romney. I can’t imagine that there are some Harvard graduates that don’t like the what the Institution has become to stand for. Those people should stand up and speak out.

Dr Evil on May 21, 2012 at 1:14 PM

So why not just embrace the dark-horse challenger?

RACIST!!

msupertas on May 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Can you say, “Senator” Ben Affleck or “Senator” Matt Damon?

Don’t put it past the fascists. You heard it here first.

peacenprosperity on May 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Stuck. “You can never enter the same river twice.”

Bmore on May 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM

In the lefties’ case it’s a latrine. They all stink…thus, don’t notice the stench, the rats…

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Man you people make my day. The wit and insight.

Focus on those not in the swamps. They will help the cause come November.

sdbatboy on May 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Hey, (D) = LIAR!?! So it really doesn’t matter which (D) liar Massechusetts embarasses themselves with!?!

Colatteral Damage on May 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I’d wager the Taxachusetts Supremes are as corrupt as the New Joisey Supremes not to mention the former cast of Florida Supremes that tried to steal the election for Al Gore. Look at the goofballs we have on the USSC: Perjurer Kagan, not-so-wise-Latina Sotomayor, Mr. Vanity Breyer, Buzzy “Nap time” Ginsburg, Flip-a-coin Anthony Kennedy.

Just because they wear robes doesn’t mean they aren’t above accepting Christmas presents (or running rampant like sleazy Eric Holder) for political favors and power trips so long as the machine keeps each others’ backs covered.

viking01 on May 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Ed,

Wait a second! If you insist on making New Jersey the butt of the joke of a post — i.e., about whether it is too late for Mass Dems to push Elizabeth Warren aside — by referencing the now infamous Torricelli incident, at least acknowledge an additional bit of context to the brew. Namely, recall as well the situs of the most egregious electoral reversal of fortunes in modern American history — your home State of Minnesota!

In defense of my state . . . at least at no time did New Jersey actually elect a Republican United States Senator, only to have that result successfully challenged by a washed up comedian, and a statewide cabal of local corruptocrats, who were somehow enabled and permitted to magically band together and “produce” a sufficient number of previously unaccounted for votes in the aggregate to actually reverse that election result!

Remember too that this all transpired whilst the entire nation had to helplessly stand by and witness the obvious theft, one which incidentally also gave the Senate Democrats the magic number of Senators necessary to achieve cloture, and thereby the political wherewithal to subsequently ram through the most singularly unpopular and socialist load of legislation of our time!

Harrumph!

Trochilus on May 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I still have not forgiven that crook Lautenberg.

WannabeAnglican on May 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Heck I took it out on New Jersey and GM. My previous four Chevys came from New Jersey and I went with a new Ford for the first time when that happened. Prescient wasn’t I?

DanMan on May 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Next to Ward Churchill and Iron Eyes Cody, Elizabeth Warren is now my favorite Native American. Isn ‘t it about time we had a true blue 0/32 Native American like them in the Senate?

Fred 2 on May 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I always liked Jay Silverheels-until I found out he was born Harold J. Smith, and was born in Toronto.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Fred 2 on May 21, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I always liked Jay Silverheels-until I found out he was born Harold J. Smith, and was born in Toronto.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

My bad-Jay was born near Brandford, Ontario.

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

The Massachusetts democrats illegally kept homosexual marriage off the ballot a few years ago. We’re lucky they hold elections at all.

Little Boomer on May 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Elizabeth Warren: “There Is Nobody In This Country Who Made It On His Own. The key here is plagiarism. Redistribution, so to speak.”

jaime on May 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Ugh! This is clearly a Republican War on Squaws.

justltl on May 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

I always liked Jay Silverheels-until I found out he was born Harold J. Smith…

Del Dolemonte on May 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The following is from Wikipedia:

Silverheels was born Harold J. Smith on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, near Brantford, Ontario, Canada, the son of a Canadian Mohawk Chief and military officer[5], A.G.E. Smith.[6][7] Silverheels excelled in athletics and lacrosse as a boy before leaving home to travel around North America, competing in boxing and wrestling tournaments. In the 1930s he played indoor lacrosse under the name of Harry Smith with the Rochester, NY “Iroquois” of the North American Amateur Lacrosse Association.[8] He lived for a time in Buffalo, New York. In 1938 Silverheels placed second in the middleweight section of the Golden Gloves tournament.[9]

Don’t mess with Tonto!

Gladtobehere on May 21, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Isn’t it more logical that Mass voters are more comfortable keeping the Democrat candidate and dumping integrity? Problem solved!

cartooner on May 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I fear this is the case in the Moonbat Republic of Taxachusetts, where unfortunately I reside. In Concord, where my financial guy has an office, he says no one is tearing off their ‘Warren’ bumper stickers. They don’t listen to Howie Carr, and they don’t read The Herald. The Globe and NPR are above mentioning such tawdry little affairs as a Democrat faking ‘diversity’ credentials and plagiarizing French restaurant recipes.

Still, there may be enough disaffected blue-collar Democrats to put Scott over the Harvard Faucahontas. One can hope.

MrLynn on May 21, 2012 at 11:55 PM

A little silver jewelry and a membership to her local suntan salon would have made all this go away.

SpiderMike on May 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

A little silver jewelry and a membership to her local suntan salon would have made all this go away.

SpiderMike on May 22, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Tanning destroys vampires and silver chases away werewolves. Not only is Warren part Cherokee, she’s also part vampire and werewolf (both despised and mistreated Democratic minorities). Too much diversity is not healthy.

Gladtobehere on May 22, 2012 at 2:18 PM

[Screaming] Look at his high cheek bones! That man is a Cherokee Indian or my name isn’t Joe Biden. Er, wait, oh, that’s the other one we’re trying to convince you of. [Screaming] Liz Warren was born in Hawaii or my dad didn’t sell cars for a living. Oh, wait that’s still not right. What am I trying to say here? [Screaming] I dream as good as any Rich guy does! Stand up, Chuck.

justjulie20 on May 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM

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