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Elizabeth Warren gets that the “game is rigged”

posted at 1:21 pm on June 14, 2012 by

As Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren tries to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Brown, she’s opted to go on a talking tour this week….of MSNBC.

Warren appeared on Hardball June 13 and Morning Joe June 14, hammering the populist anti-business, pro-government spending themes contained in a new ad her campaign released on Monday, June 11.

Although campaign adviser  Hardball host Chris Matthews didn’t ask a single question of Warren about the controversy surrounding her heritage—is she part-Cherokee—Joe Scarborough did touch on it at the outset of his interview in a way that could have been scripted by her campaign:

Scarborough: So much has happened… most of it having to do with applications to law school. Can you believe how much your application process dominated the past month, month and a half of your political campaign up in Massachusetts?

Warren: No, I really can’t, especially at a time when J.P. Morgan Chase has loaded up on risk again…and (Americans’) net worth has dropped 38 percent in three years. There’s a lot going on out there in the world, a lot of stuff to talk about.

Scarborough: And yet everybody continues talking about whether you properly filled out your forms as Native American or not. Do you think you’ve gotten that behind you or not…what is the status, do you think people are sick and tired of hearing that?

Warren:…Actually most people were never very interested in it. And we got the facts out early on it. this This is how I grew up, Joe, this is my family. I’m not backing off of my family. It became clear that I didn’t get anything for law school application or for college or for any of the jobs I was hired for. Bottom line is: are we going to talk about issues, or are we going to talk about other things. Scott Brown doesn’t want to talk about the issues…

Am I the only one scratching her head over Scarborough’s misrepresentation of the controversy? He made it sound as if this was an angels-on-a-pinhead debate, whether she “filled out forms” properly—as if some undotted “i” or uncrossed “t” mistake on a form was being blown out of proportion.

No, Joe, that wasn’t the issue as I understood it. The issue was—did Elizabeth Warren use–or allow to be used–her alleged Native American ancestry to unfairly advance herself?

Why is that important? Well, for that, let’s go to the tape. The tape of the Hardball interview that occurred the night before her Morning Joe appearance (MSNBC embeds a 30 second ad preceding this clip).


While Warren was talking about the financial situation in that clip, here’s the money quote for me: “they get that the game is rigged.”

Yes, Elizabeth, the game is “rigged” when someone who grew up with none of the hardships of a minority gets to wrap herself in minority status at a critical point in her career.

No matter what Warren’s intentions were when she checked off the “Native American” box, she surely had to know that such a label would be used in some way to advance some agenda, or, to use her language, to “rig” some “game.”


Libby Sternberg is a novelist and, on her paternal grandfather’s side, is part Huguenot. Where are the Huguenot boxes on applications? Where, where, where?

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Joe “intern in my lobby” Scarborough deserves “employee of the year” from MSDNC for how effortlessly he plays his role of “token elephant”….

harlekwin15 on June 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Awesome of Joe to take time away from his usual lectures on being a true conservative like him to promoting Elizabeth Warren for Senate. Thanks Joe.

Cutty on June 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

She has no guts. MSNBC? preaching to the converted with them.

Rich on June 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

we got the facts out early on it

Facts. Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing facts. Woman of color facts .

mittens on June 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Of course she knew, that’s how she knew she had to cheat.

Speakup on June 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Who cares what this lying idiot has to say?

Every single Democrat is utterly worthless. Just sick to death of seeing these clowns recite their tired and useless talking points.

NoDonkey on June 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Am I the only one scratching her head over Scarborough’s misrepresentation of the controversy? He made it sound as if this was an angels-on-a-pinhead debate, whether she “filled out forms” properly—as if some undotted “i” or uncrossed “t” mistake on a form was being blown out of proportion.

No, you’re not alone, but most of us understand that Scarborough only pretends not to be a Democrat about once a month.

RJL on June 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

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Allahpundit on June 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I can see her students now, “Honest Prof. Warren, I didn’t know that when I checked “A” when “B” was the answer there would be consequences. Based on the legal lore . . ..

If she’s so stupid that she didn’t know what she was answering, she’s a disgrace to . . . the legal profession, . . . law professors, . . . Rutgers, . . . Harvard, . . . Penn, . . . politicians, . . . used car salesmen . . ..

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