It started when I was down around Logan, to retrieve my wife, who had flown up from Dulles.♠ At 3 p.m. I tuned into WBUR, 90.9, and the show Radio Boston with Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks. One of the topics was Professor Elizabeth Warren's heritage.
Frankly, I was surprised that NPR was giving any attention to this, given their political slant. But they were. Sure, there was Jeff Jacoby on the show, but also John Carroll. I think this issue has moved into its own space and become a sort of parody for the absurdity of some of the lengths to which we go in the name of affirmative action. As I suggested in a comment at Left in Lowell, if you have been in a hiring or promoting position and you have not given a leg up to someone who was in one way or another part of the "approved set" of applicants, then you are not helping execute the American Dream. Don't always go for the Ivy League applicant of the set before you. Once in a while go for the Land Grant College applicant or the A&E applicant. Look for the other qualities, which may be of value in the short or long term. Don't always make the easy choice.
The problem is, the Elizabeth Warren story has, as Ms Arons-Barron says, distracted us.
Thankfully, most people understand that there are bigger issues in this campaign, not the least of which is Scott Brown’s efforts to gut strong regulatory support of the Volcker Rule. He may be heeding his heavy level of financial backing from Wall Street at a time when the nation needs to stand firm on financial regulation, rather than watering it down.Yeah, right. The real issue is if, or if not, Keynes is the path to take. As for financial regulation, if Dodd-Frank didn't save us from the CityBank $2 billion loss, how much regulation will? If you said bring back Glass-Steagall, like the Lyndon LaRouche types suggest, I might be interesting in hearing your story.
As for this paragraph:
The Cherokee story has staying power because its gives Brown an opportunity to pander to white male independents. It’s easier for reporters, columnists and bloggers to write about because it doesn’t require explaining the significance of procedural votes or delving into complex (sometimes boring) substance.We do realize, don't we, that the Republicans were the first ones to elect a US Vice President with Native American blood, albeit not Cherokee? Can we move beyond the "Republicans are racists" meme?
And, yes, I am still planning on voting for the "centerfold".
Regards — Cliff
♠ For those following the sub-plot, Lukas is up to five and a quarter pounds.