Video: Reporter can’t get a straight answer from Elizabeth Warren on Cherokee ancestry

posted at 10:01 pm on May 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart, the key line: “I have made the facts clear.” But … she hasn’t. She hasn’t said anything to make the facts clear since the supposed genealogical evidence was debunked and the mystery of the duplicate recipes came to light. At last check she was sticking with the “high cheekbones” theory of racial authenticity, which apparently was good enough to justify minority status even in a professional directory.

The clip here shows two minutes of back and forth but, according to this report, there was more:

Finally, Warren said, “I am proud of my family and I am proud of my heritage.”

Hiller followed up: “Does it include an Indian background?”

Warren replied, “Yes.”

“How do you know that?” Hiller asked.

Warren responded, “Because my mother told me so. This is how I live. My mother, my grandmother, my family. This is my family. Scott Brown has launched attacks on my family. I am not backing off from my family.”

Better than a document, better even than DNA: Family lore. Give her credit for staying on message here, though. The strategists and spin doctors have now programmed her to respond to all ancestry inquiries with repeated and relentless invocations of the “middle class,” which is as important to her campaign narrative as “jobs” is to Romney’s. Unless something new and more damning bubbles up in this vein that she has to explain away, I doubt she’ll respond on the merits again. And maybe that’s not altogether bad; if this morning’s poll was accurate, it could be that Mass voters will start to get bored or even annoyed with this line of questioning and will feel some sympathy for her. She’s clearly fishing for it — note the emphasis on Scott Brown “attacking her family” by simply asking whether she lied about her background for professional gain. Don’t you feel ashamed for doubting her and her grandma? You brutes, you.


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