Tin Foil Tuesday: Elizabeth Warren Edition

Things are not getting any easier for Elizabeth Warren regarding the Native American controversy. She recently doubled down on her Native American heritage claim. Legal Insurrection probably has the most complete record of events to date, uncovering this new nugget today (via Breitbart):

The Warren Campaign offered reporters an undated article from the Muskogee Phoenix about the contributions of Elizabeth Warren’s first cousin, Mrs. James P. Rowsey, to the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma as proof of Ms. Warren’s Native American ancestry….Mrs. Rowsey’s most well known contribution to the Five Civilized Tribes Museum involved editing and publishing a cookbook in 1984.

Also of note, this new information:

But a 1997 Fordham Law Review piece described her as Harvard Law School’s “first woman of color,” based, according to the notes at the bottom of the story, on a “telephone interview with Michael Chmura, News Director, Harvard Law (Aug. 6, 1996).”

The mention was in the middle of a lengthy and heavily-annotated Fordham piece on diversity and affirmative action and women. The title of the piece, by Laura Padilla, was “Intersectionality and positionality: Situating women of color in the affirmative action dialogue.”

“There are few women of color who hold important positions in the academy, Fortune 500 companies, or other prominent fields or industries,” the piece says. “This is not inconsequential. Diversifying these arenas, in part by adding qualified women of color to their ranks, remains important for many reaons [sic]. For one, there are scant women of color as role models. In my three years at Stanford Law School, there were no professors who were women of color. Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995.”

Bolding mine. That’s pretty damning if you ask me. In other news, the Boston Globe buries a correction:

Correction: Because of a reporting error, a story in the May 1 Metro section and the accompanying headline incorrectly described the 1894 document that was purported to list Elizabeth Warren’s great-great-great grandmother as a Cherokee. The document, alluded to in a family newsletter found by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, was an application for a marriage license, not the license itself. Neither the society nor the Globe has seen the primary document, whose existence has not been proven.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign, the DSCC & the DNC are silent on the issue. If I was the paranoid type, I might wonder if Democratic leadership set her up in this campaign just to completely disempower her. If I were her, I’d be wondering just who my “friends” are supposed to be.

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77 Responses to Tin Foil Tuesday: Elizabeth Warren Edition

  1. Moe Lane (formerly of The Velvet Underground) had this to say on the matter:

  2. yttik says:

    “….Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995.”

    Ouch! That’s going to be hard to spin.

  3. Erica says:

    All Dems have reason to wonder who their friends truly are. Especially women. B0 has a consistent record of cutting any possible female threat off at the knees.

    • cj says:

      Not that I’m condoning what she did, but I suspect Barry’s deceptions are far, far, worse, which is why his records are sealed. I wouldn’t be surprised if he outted her, since as you say, that’s been his consistent MO.

  4. wmcb says:

    Ouch. You know, this would probably have blown over by now if she had taken a “Well, I thought I was, but maybe I wasn’t, oops, sorry” stance and then SHUT UP about it. I mean it would have been damaging, but short-lived.

    The reason the story had legs is because she kept trotting out flimsy justifications for it, trying to defend it. That’s what made it so laughable and embarrassing.

    Elizabeth, sister, put down the shovel.

  5. elliesmom says:

    MA is seriously under-represented by women, and certainly sexism and misogyny are in the mix, but the women who rise to the top here when it’s election time haven’t covered themselves with glory. Jane Swift, the one and only woman to serve as our governor was “Not Ready for Prime Time”, Coakley’s campaign was a mess, and now this. Niki Tsongas, the one and only woman in our congressional delegation and the widow of Paul Tsongas, seems to have adopted the “stay quiet and go along to get along” strategy. I’d love to send her more women to “go along” with but it’s not easy.

    I don’t know if Elizabeth Warren survives this or not. While she is doing a lot of finger pointing at Scott Brown, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Democrats or their financial backers are behind this. They certainly did as much to sink Martha, “aka Marsha”, Coakley as Brown did. The senate primary isn’t until September. There’s still two weeks to file, and I think the rules might allow for someone to jump in at the convention next month. While the Democrats in DC might be willing to cede the seat to Brown to end Warren’s political career, I don’t know if the MA Dems would agree.

  6. wmcb says:

    LMAO! OT, but the RNC has an “Obama in History” Tumblr up now.


    • Wow, she looks like badass.

    • elliesmom says:

      I signed DeFranco’s nomination papers a couple of weeks ago. She’s as qualified as Warren. Neither one of them has ever run for public office before. At this point Warren has name recognition going for her, but maybe that’s not a positive in this case. lol

  7. Wow, I’m a stone-cold cynic, but even I teared up over this one. Mourning in America, indeed.

  8. gxm17 says:

    As one who is ethnically ambiguous, meaning I’ve spent my life being asked where I was “from,” asked to proof non-English documents because people assumed I spoke another language, having people try to strike up a conversation with me in a non-English language, being called the n-word, being pulled over in airports for driving while looking Middle Eastern, and the list goes on forever… I don’t know what to make of this.

    I’ve lived my life treated with curiosity and bias due to my complexion and for that reason I don’t consider myself white because my experience has taught me that I’m just not white enough. I mark “other” on the census with “ethnically ambiguous” beside it. If Warren feels that her NA ancestry has contributed to her life experience, I don’t have a problem with it. But unless she has actual tribal affiliation, she shouldn’t be using it for legal documents. My grandson is 1/8 Alaska Native and I believe that’s the cut-off for tribal registry as he is registered with his mother’s tribe. Maybe Native American tribes are different, but Warren clearly doesn’t meet the 1/8 limit. ITA that the best thing Warren could do is just shut up about it already.

  9. gram cracker says:

    Not so sure it would have blown over even if she fessed up early. Sadly she appears to still think she did nothing wrong.

    Breitbart has some smart journalists determined to vet Obama and his cronies like the MSM didn’t in 2008. Don’t think they would have let it fade away. Breitbart has published many well researched articles on Warren’s dubious unsubstantiated claim.

    For cripes sake this is Harvard Law… the Holy Grail of law schools lied to the Feds regarding the diversity of their faculty on their OFCCP report! As Biden said, “that is a big fucking deal”.

    “A newly revealed document taken from a 1999 Affirmative Action Plan Book published by Harvard University indicates that Elizabeth Warren was officially listed as a Native American by Harvard Law School. Reports in the Harvard Crimson from 1996 and 1998 both identify Warren as the Native American member of the staff.

    Because Harvard is considered a federal contractor, its employment practices fall under the regulation of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). According to this 1999 OFCCP Fact Sheet, “OFCCP requires a contractor, as a condition of having a federal contract, to engage in a self-analysis for the purpose of discovering any barriers to equal employment opportunity.

    In practice, this means that Harvard publishes an annual document which breaks down the gender and minority status of the faculty and staff and then establishes targets for hiring over the coming three years. The 1999 Affirmative Action Plan Book clarifies its purpose is complying with the OFCCP regulations on page 5 where it states, “As part of the federal contract obligation, contractors are required to determine whether women and minorities are “underutilized” in their employee work force.

    A critical part of complying with these regulations is keeping track of the exact number of women and minorities on the faculty and staff. The 1999 document breaks this information down by school: i.e., education, nursing, law. On page 113 of the 1999 edition (available via the Internet Archive), the breakdown for Harvard Law School lists one Native American professor: (pdf shows 1 senior female faculty is native american) Incidentally, the one black female professor listed in the report is Lana Guinier, whom Harvard Law hired in 1998.”


    • Oh man, that is very bad. A big fucking deal, indeed.

    • wmcb says:

      One way around this may have been for Warren to throw Harvard under the bus from the beginning. I.e. to say,”I checked Native American without really giving it much thought, because I’ve always been told I was. I never claimed tribal affiliations or a Native American experience or cultural disadvantage. I am not responsible for whatever Harvard did with that info. If they blew it out of proportion and used it to pad their diversity stats, that has nothing to do with me.”

      Saying that at this late date would be counterproductive, though. If she was going to throw Harvard under the bus, it would have to have been done at the start.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    I might wonder if Democratic leadership set her up in this campaign just to completely disempower her.

    When she announced she was running for the Senate I had this weird premonition that she was walking into a trap. Everyone was all gung-ho about her running but something didn’t feel right about it. They wanted to get her out of Washington – the GOP got blamed but Obama never lifted a finger to fight for her.

    It’s sad because Warren is on my short list of “good” Democrats and this is a self-inflicted wound that may end her career.

    • votermom says:

      I’m not from MA and haven’t paid attention, but the impression I am getting is that, if elected, she would end up as one of the left’s revolving heroes, like Kucinich & Sanders. Noisy and full of principle but not effective – caving when it counts.
      A big part of that is that despite being “for the consumer” she sure doesn’t seem to be critiquing the Obama admin, instead is always going for tribal (ahem) attacks vs the GOP.

    • elliesmom says:

      When Warren was first called on the carpet for the Native American thing, she should have immediately said that she was unaware that the information would be used the way that it was, apologized for, perhaps, getting the job under false pretenses, but insist that she didn’t intend that it be used that way, and offered Harvard her resignation. That would have put the ball in Harvard’s court, allowed them an out if they wanted it, and maintained her integrity. Without this brouhaha, she would probably been resigning in a few months anyway.

    • 1539days says:

      She could try talking about consumer protection.

      She should try talking about how bad Obama is at consumer protection.

  11. myiq2xu says:


  12. So Jessica-fucking-for-equality-Valenti thinks this is going to be the year of the Young Woman. I laughed outright. Said I’d believe it when unmarried women outvoted married women. I do hope she appreciates all the damage she tries to do to older women when she’s an older woman.

  13. Oswald says:

    God bless America:

    Prom Chaperones Sprayed Lysol On Dirty Dancers

    Two parent chaperones at a Colorado high school prom sprayed Lysol on students engaged in “dirty dancing” and called several teenage girls “sluts and whores” for making it appear “they were advertising butt sex,” according to cops.

    The bizarre incident last month at the Manitou Springs High School resulted in harassment charges being filed against Jennifer Farmer and Hannah Rockey, both 42-year-old mothers who allegedly dispersed the disinfectant in a bid to pry apart underage revelers.

    They should have turned the hose on ’em.

  14. gram cracker says:

    This Warren thing hits a nerve with me. Some members of my family have done a lot of serious genealogy research. To me it is just interesting fun information. I like to say my family ancestry is like “Heinz 57 varieties”.

    From what I have learned it seems possible that many so called “whites” in this country whose ancestors have been here for over a hundred years may indeed have some Native American and or African ancestry in the mix.

    Just out of curiosity when my daughter went to college I looked into what colleges require for documentation in order to claim affirmative action status. As with Warren, family lore and the “high cheek bones” and other features of my father’s mother sure looked like as, my older sister said dad had remarked, “an indian had been in the wood pile”. Also an entry at Rootsweb claims that the 1880 census remarked that my great grandfather was white, but his wife looks like a Mulatto. So maybe we can claim Native American and African ancestry.

    It didn’t take much research to learn that you could not just site family lore to establish an affirmative action claim for Native American status. Besides it would not have felt “right” to even try to claim my daughter had been disadvantaged. If a low education inbreed hillbilly like me could research this why didn’t Elizabeth Warren?

    Maybe at Harvard Lore School they are so desperate for diversity that they don’t require any documentation to establish Native American status.

    • Well, if you think about it, it was a way for them to keep actual qualified minority women out and to stay true to their mostly lily-white hiring practices. If I was a WOC, I’d be raising ten kinds of hell on this one.

    • Oswald says:

      How do you go about proving your racial heritage when birth certificates don’t contain that information? My ancestry ranges from white trash to really, really white trash. But what would stop me from claiming I’m black?

      Who has the burden of proof? Do I have to prove I am or does somebody have to prove I’m not?

      • votermom says:

        USA is obsessed with bloodlines. I thought the whole point of the American Revolution was to get away from that stuff?

      • gxm17 says:

        IMO, the Human Genome Project really blew the whole “race” crap out of the water. There are no races. We all share the same bloodline. Racial classification is just a social construct to give us a tribe to belong to, that we may or may not look like: a commonality that is a given. After all, we’re pack animals and most folks feel a need to belong to a group of some sort.

        That said, NA heritage is documented. There are tribal registries that exist for this very purpose. I have a hard time believing that Warren didn’t know that she wasn’t qualified to apply for affirmative action as a Native American. Then again, her ignorance would be just the proof that she’s not NA. Did any of the idjits at Hahvahd think to ask her what her Indian name was? Ya know, sometimes smart people really aren’t all that smart.

  15. gram cracker says:

    Elizabeth Warren’s new campaign song.

  16. HELENK says:


    trayvon had bruised knuckles
    Martin had a broken nose

  17. HELENK says:

    california 16 billion in debt
    Los Angeles broke
    mayor funnels money to one of backtrack’s best friend

    politics as usual????


  18. HELENK says:


    this could be funny as hell
    one state votes for a felon instead of backtrack
    now one could have a unknown lawyer beat him in a primary

  19. wmcb says:

    This is the second time recently that Romney has made open and positive reference to Bill Clinton in unfavorable comparison to failure Obama.

    I know it’s mainly making a play for centrist Dem voters. But I also think that he and his campaign know it’s one thing that will drive Obama absolutely insane with frustrated rage. Obama has always been obsessed with outdoing Bill. Mitt is getting under Obama’s thin narcissistic skin. Deliberately.

  20. HELENK says:


    has any one noticed that the DNC does not seem to have money for local races this year, Not just the wisconsin race but other ones too.

    • Lulu says:

      They already told the state candidates and Congress critters that they were on their own. Obama did this in 2010 also and we know how that turned out. All Democratic contributions belong to him. I would not be surprised if later in the year he tells the Dem candiates that they have to give their funds to him. This could have been predicted when the party allowed Obama to move national headquarters to Chicago. They allowed one candidate to be more important that the sum total of the party. Idiots.

  21. gumsnapper says:

    I’m surprised no one thought of this song for Warren:

  22. gumsnapper says:

    Sorry about the duplicate post, First one didn’t show up right away. If the blog person would be so kind as to remove it….

  23. HELENK says:

    would have loved to be a fly on the wall at this meeting


  24. HELENK says:

    good one

  25. HELENK says:

    Elizabeth’s cousin donated a cook book


  26. cj says:

    Did you see this?

    Tom Coburn: “We’ve had conversations where he’s told me he’ll go much further than anyone believes he’ll go to solve the entitlement problem if he can get the compromise. And I believe him. I believe he would.”


    You know, I was planning to just sit the damned election out this year, or vote 3rd party, but now there’s absolutely no reason in hell not to go all out & vote GOP if I feel like it. Friggin’ underhanded creep. I thought that my disgust couldn’t get any deeper, but the sleazy SOB always proves me wrong.

    The Democratic Party is already dead, but now he’s going to bury it 6 feet under.

    • I hadn’t seen that, but I’m not surprised. If he gets a second term, I promise you, that will be the end of Social Security. Bush tried it his second term, and Obama is Bush 2.0. Obama will succeed because if he gets pushback, he’ll just cry “raaaaaycism.” And Congress will once again cave. People will be pissed, sure, but not the people with any power.

      • And you can forget Hillary in 2016 if that happens. The Democratic brand will be tarnished for 10-20 years. She’ll never get another chance to win. Defeating Obama is the ONLY way she gets a shot.

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