Scott Brown to Elizabeth Warren: How can we trust your character when you lied about being Native American?

posted at 9:45 pm on September 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via BuzzFeed, five minutes of fun at the start of tonight’s debate. I agree with William Jacobson: In some ways, this is a tough subject for Brown to broach. To make the case effectively he’s got to get into details about the debunked genealogy, her dubious explanations for identifying as Native American, and her insistence on doing so professionally at Harvard even though she didn’t meet the professional guidelines for it. That’s hard or impossible to do in a 60-second opening statement; as it is, his argument that she’s lying amounts to “c’mon, she obviously doesn’t look Native American,” which is both true and not dispositive. I think he ended up fine by turning it into a “release the documents” attack, which puts her on the defensive, but I wonder what would have happened if she had gotten ostentatiously indignant. It’s always dangerous for a male candidate to attack a woman opponent personally; if she had turned this into a sustained “you’re impugning my family!” lament, the optics could have been bad.

But she doesn’t. She’s actually pretty sanguine about the whole thing. Not sure if that’s proof that she’s a bit more dignified than an average politician, who’d be eager to seize an opportunity to play the victim, or if she’s still too green to detect an opportunity like that when one’s in front of her. But I’m curious to see if either of them revisits this topic at the next debate.


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jeffersonschild on September 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I explained it earlier. With people like McCain and Brown as our allies any legislation that they allow to get through will only be as conservative as they are, unless we already have 50 rock solid conservative votes and do not need them to pass anything.

astonerii on September 21, 2012

Oh, so all we have to do is line up 51 rpck solid conservatives in the Senate? Why didn’t you tell us earlier it was something easy like this?

NEWS FLASH – it ain’t that easy. About 15 states won’t elect conservatives to the Senate under any circumstances, so we’ll need to win 51 of the available 70 spots. Some states, like Colorado, New Hampshire, Nevada, Wisconsin or Pennsylvania, will elect conservatives to the Senate on occassion but will also elect very liberal Senators at times. Other states, mostly in the South and West, are open to conservatives but often end up electing “moderate” democrats, who end up voting with their leadership 80-95% of the time (and more and more frequently the deeper they become entrenched.) So while I love your plan, cold hard reality makes it a bit unworkable.

BuzzCrutcher on September 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Further to my last post, please tell me how many “true conservative” senators we can realistically expect to get out of Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Maine, Mass., Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware or Illinois? Other than the current Maine Gov., who won a three way race, have any of those states elected a conservative to any statewide office in recent history? I’d add that Michigan, Iowa, and New Mexico are very difficult states for conservatives to win in, and Colorado and New Hampshire have not be very good lately. So there’s 36-38 Senate seats that are not going to be held by true conservatives, right off the bat.

BuzzCrutcher on September 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware or Illinois? Other than the current Maine Gov., who won a three way race, have any of those states elected a conservative to any statewide office in recent history?

NJ

joey24007 on September 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

joey24007 on September 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

My memory fails me more often as I get older. Which conservative has won statewide in New Jersey?

No, he doesn’t count.

IamDA on September 21, 2012 at 7:57 PM

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