I was talking to a friend on the left who said he wasn’t concerned with Elizabeth Warren’s Texas application to join the Bar coming back to haunt her because “the Native America thing was priced in.” Then he added, “like you and Donald Trump and the Access Hollywood tape.” I immediately shot down the attempt at whataboutism by asking what policy issues the Trump tape effected.
Elizabeth Warren took a job from a minority candidate, made lots of money based on the increased reverence of said position, then parlayed that into a position of power and prominence to the point she could run for President.
The more “transactional” part of me thinks every right-wing TV, radio, and print pundit should be calling Elizabeth Warren a racist to the highest of heavens. It may coarsen the dialogue, but it’s not like we’re dealing with a news cycle that will grant us clemency for playing nice.
I tend to think Warren, who enjoys screaming “racism” at Republicans, should have to live by the same rules. She is a white woman who purposefully plotted to take a job from a minority knowing she did not meet the qualifications. She has since rolled out a video that because she had no proof of her claims, had not registered as a member of a tribe, and went to “science” which couldn’t have proved it (no blood in the database). Had the simple math not been pointed out, much like anyone with the faintest of curiosity of Obama’s birth certificate, you too would be a racist birther regarding Warren.
Each of these calculations was done knowing she had perpetrated said fraud, but her message was: “It’s a rigged system.”
Where else but America can this kind of opportunity arise? I feel the same about David Hogg, who didn’t have the academic record to get into UC-Santa Barbara but dropped out of high school classes to call NRA members murderers; all of a sudden he’s Harvard material. Hogg will be out on the 2020 campaign trail trying to be a kingmaker, probably thinking he is far more important and intelligent than us rubes, rather than being grateful for his celebrity privilege that came at the expense of happening to be in the vicinity of a tragedy. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went from bartender to thought leader, but we’re a racist country that denies opportunity. It boggles the mind.
But Warren is a particularly arrogant kind of self-serving hypocrite. Hogg and Ocasio-Cortez are too dumb to know what they don’t know, and achieved a certain intelligentsia positioning that went beyond their grasp and now embrace it as being earned and their own opinion as irrefutable fact. Warren, on the other hand, planned for all of this and I doubt that she would be forgiving if any of us took a job from a minority, no matter if we were ignorant of our genetic histories or if we knowingly used family folklore in a cynical attempt at self-promotion.
A rigged system allowed a woman with not extraordinary educational achievements to become one of the most powerful women in academia and then use that to become one of the most powerful people in politics. I’m not sure a Kennedy could have planned it better.
Here’s my question for Elizabeth Warren: if a rigged system allowed you to succeed, what did it do to the minority candidate who didn’t get the job you took from him/her because you also rigged it? Why shouldn’t she be labeled a racist after all of this?Published in