It’s been two months since Senator Elizabeth Warren’s bizarre and very public DNA test that proved that Pocahontas had less Native American blood than your average American. Warren’s stunt that was meant to embarrass President Trump ended up backfiring bigly, with tribal leaders ready to scalp Lieawatha over her assertion that she was indeed Native American.
Elizabeth Warren intended to prove her lies regarding her Native American ancestry, and thereby strengthen her inevitable 2020 presidential campaign. Instead, it’s looking like Squaw Warren may have smothered her presidential hopes and dreams in their crib.
How bad is it for Senator Warren? The New York Times is publicly wondering whether or not she should even run:
The plan was straightforward: After years of being challenged by President Trump and others about a decades-old claim of Native American ancestry, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would take a DNA test to prove her stated family origins in the Cherokee and Delaware tribes.
But nearly two months after Ms. Warren released the test results and drew hostile reactions from prominent tribal leaders, the lingering cloud over her likely presidential campaign has only darkened. Conservatives have continued to ridicule her. More worrisome to supporters of Ms. Warren’s presidential ambitions, she has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science — and, in doing so, played into Mr. Trump’s hands.
One of the leading lights of the Fake News Media publicly questioning Elizabeth Warren’s decision to run for president is bad enough. What’s even worse, however, is what The Boston Globe had to say about a potential Elizabeth Warren 2020 campaign in an editorial on Thursday:
Warren missed her moment in 2016, and there’s reason to be skeptical of her prospective candidacy in 2020. While Warren won reelection, her margin of victory in November suggests there’s a ceiling on her popularity; Baker garnered more votes than she did in a state that is supposed to be a Democratic haven. Meanwhile, a September poll indicated that Massachusetts voters were more enthusiastic about Patrick making a White House bid than Warren.
Those are warning signs from the voters who know her best. While Warren is an effective and impactful senator with an important voice nationally, she has become a divisive figure. A unifying voice is what the country needs now after the polarizing politics of Donald Trump.
Politicians who “explore” or “consider” presidential campaigns set in motion a machine that can be hard to stop. Patrick did, and that’s to his credit. There’s no shame in testing the waters and deciding to stay on the beach.
To put this in perspective, The Boston Globe has been carrying Elizabeth Warren’s water in Massachusetts for years. In fact, The Boston Globe was one of Warren’s most ardent defenders when the question of her Native American ancestry came up the first time around when she ran for the Senate. They have essentially functioned as the propaganda wing of Elizabeth Warren’s office since she was elected Senator.
Calling The Boston Globe’s editorial a gut punch is as much an understatement as saying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is just a little bit “special.”
Progressives, Warren advisers, and Democrat strategists are all saying Elizabeth Warren needs to apologize to have any hope at a 2020 run. Warren, for her part, is refusing to apologize and defends her DNA test.
Many rank and file Democrats, however, are saying flat out that an apology won’t help Warren. She’s perpetuated this fraud on the American people and insulted actual Native Americans for decades. Warren also used her ancestry for political and financial gain. That’s not something that she can square with a simple apology, especially in the identity politics dominated Democrat party of today.
My prediction is that Elizabeth Warren runs for the Democrat nomination in 2020, voters’ feelings be damned. I’m also going to predict that she’ll place somewhere behind Spartacus, Michael Avenatti, and a Barack Obama write-in campaign.