I noted yesterday that Elizabeth Warren appears to be among the people served with document preservation demand letters by a lawyer representing the Sandman Family of Covington, Kentucky. It looks like a defamation lawsuit is in the works.
IANAL, and I’m not familiar with the Kentucky Rules of Evidence, but I can imagine that if Warren were sued and tried to testify in her own defense, the plaintiff’s counsel would try to impeach her credibility by showing the jury that she has a documented history of playing fast and loose with the Truth. For example, he might seek to introduce this—
For the past couple of days, the Interwebz have been echoing with pointage, laughery, and mockification of how Elizabeth Warren’s DNA testing undermined her claim of American Indian ancestry. When the math was done correctly, it turns out that she’s “whiter than Ivory Soap” as one meme put it.
All that laughter aside, John Hinderacker has pointed out how Warren’s continued claim of Indian ancestry in the face of contradictory evidence can benefit society. He writes at PowerLine—
Here’s the point: Warren’s defense of her claim to being Native American is good for America. Because if Warren is an Indian, then so are most of the rest of us. And most of us are also African-American or Hispanic. If everyone is an Indian, then no one is an Indian. This logic is fatal to the whole corrupt affirmative action enterprise.
Why does the edifice of racial categorization and discrimination persist in spite of its obvious irrationality and unfairness? Because many billions of dollars turn on it. And, perhaps equally important, it provides endless opportunities for virtue signaling. After all, if the Democrats didn’t have race, what would they have? That question is, no doubt, frightening to them.
So let’s all appreciate Elizabeth Warren’s contribution to the demolition of America’s corrupt affirmative action regime. It is long past time that we stopped classifying each other by race and bestowing benefits on that basis. Warren’s message is liberating: we are pretty much all Indians, or Hispanics, or African-Americans now. So let’s move on.
It’s interesting how facts keep tripping up the claims made by the alleged “Party of Science.”
Everything proceeded as I had foreseen.
UPDATE—The Cherokee Nation has issued an official statement on Senator Warren’s DNA testing. You can read it here.
Michael Barone reports that 90 percent of Native Americans do not find the Washington football team’s name to be offensive.
Elizabeth Warren was unavailable for comment.
WSJ has a post up about Senator Fauxcahontas’s proposal to raise Social Security benefits. You see, since seniors are having a rough time these days, we should raise the FICA tax to pay for increased benefit—in spite of the depressive effect that the tax increase would on the economy which would make times even tougher for everyone.
(H/T, Instapundit, who asks “What could go wrong?” Perhaps a better question, given the government’s recent meddling in the economy, would be “What could go right?”)
David Plotz writes about not liking the Washington Redskins name over at Slate, and there was a bit of a hashtag naming game over on Twitter.
Personally, I think the name is just fine, and I appreciate the way it honors the junior senator from Massachusetts.