BLOG: A fake war hero, a fake Indian and Josh Mandel

Tom Jackson
May 17, 2012

 

Senate Democrats have an exciting prospect ahead of them. They may be able to get a fake Indian in their caucus to keep their fake war hero company!

The fake war hero is U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who served in the Marine Corps Reserves in the 1970s. During his 2010 Senate campaign, the New York Times revealed that he had given speeches falsely claiming to be a Vietnam veteran. (He told one crowd in 2008, "We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam.") Democrats shrugged off the story and elected Blumenthal by a wide margin.

The fake Native American is Elizabeth Warren, a blue-eyed blonde who is the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Warren claimed for years that she was an American Indian, listing herself as a "minority" in a law school directory. At other times she has said she's white. Harvard has touted her as a "minority" hire for its law school. (She may or may not have a very small percentage of Indian heritage, as many people from Oklahoma do.)

James Taranto, on "Best of the Web," took no position on whether Warren is part Indian but noted that flexible ethnicity appeared to be a good career move: "Because she is--or can pass for--white, she was in a position to have the best of both worlds, advancing through affirmative action, then enjoying the white privilege of appearing to have gotten ahead solely on the merits."

Here's a recent story on Warren, and here's a link to her Wikipedia bio, in case you wonder what a "woman of color" looks like.

Conservatives have enjoyed Warren's Indian controversy -- they've dubbed her "Fauxcahontas."

But it's not as if they are sticklers for honesty when their own career politicians are involved. The Republican Party's nominee for the U.S. Senate in Ohio is Josh Mandel, who campaigned for treasurer saying he wanted to serve four years and probably seek re-election for another four year term. As soon as he won, he began running for the Senate. (Mandel, 34, won his first election in 2003. He supported domestic partner benefits for gay people when he was in college but jettisoned the position when it became politically inconvenient).

The world of partisan politics seems to be different from the world the rest of us live in. What is it about politics that rewards people for being dishonest phonies?

 

Comments

6079 Smith W

@ Mr. Jackson: 

As you probably know, in OK, TX and other western states before it was "cool," talking about the family's Indian heritage was a taboo.

That alone made me doubt the veracity of Ms. Warren's story.

 

I was informed that the current chief of the Cherokees is 1/32nd.

If one is a possible member of one of the six "Civilized Tribes," one may find one's family name on the Dawes Rolls:

http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/native-americans-final-rolls.html

 

 

My father has a large proboscis; it must mean I'm Jewish. :)

'Course one of my favorite saying via Henny Youngman is: Nem di gelt. (Take the money.)

 

Broken campaign promises?

Wm. Clinton said in 1990 that if re-elected as gov. he would not seek the presidency.

Barack Obama in 2004:

 “I can unequivocally say I will not be running for national office in four years, and my entire focus is making sure that I’m the best possible senator on behalf of the people of Illinois.”

 

 

 

 

 

origen

Sorta sad that those of us who can actually trace our ancestory back to find native american bloodlines call ourselves "American" without any hyphons, Where others will just use it to get ahead. Hyphonated depiction of people denotes them not being AMERICAN and not united under one flag, Dividing one another due to ancestory is not what this country is about, In fact its the exact opposite, Unamerican.

KURTje

I'm betting Josh has no combat action ribbon(s).         Now it is against the law (Stolen Valor) to proclaim military/& or combat actions.    It should be.        Reminds me of lying Pat Robertson.

origen

 

Im in the military ribbon LOL!!

 I just had to post it, Thats what we called them.
The New World Czar

How about Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize...when he got nominated just after being sworn into office...gives real credibility to the award, doesn't it?

Licorice Schtick

Even if Native Americans never had blue eyes, and I don't know if that's true, it's theoretically possible to be mostly Native American and yet have blue eyes. This is because it's basically a recessive trait that can "hide" for multiple generation. The same priciple hold for blonde hair, more or less.

Considering Warren's accomplishments on behalf of ordinary people, it's no wonder that conservatives hate her. They can make no substantive case against her and so attack any way possible with typical meanness, and in this case it's racist.

There's no excuse for comparing her to Mandel. A six-year-old could throw that weenie farther than anyone should trust him.

 

6079 Smith W

Licorice Schtick writes:

"Considering Warren's accomplishments on behalf of ordinary people, it's no wonder that conservatives hate her."

 

Elizabeth Warren on OWS:

“I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do,” 

“I support what they do.”

And you want this dingbat in the Senate?

If she had any brains she would have encouraged them to occupy DC where most of the richest 1% live.

Why do 10 of the 15 wealthiest counties in the U.S. surround Washington???

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/10/24/elizabeth-warren-i-created-occupy-wall-street.html

http://www.thestreet.com/story/11415107/1/the-richest-counties-in-america.html

 

 

The Big Dog's back

 So winnie, Warren is a dingbat huh? Well, she's running against a guy who's certifiably a wingnut.

KnuckleDragger

Really Origin, the correct ribbon would be the service basic training ribbon if you wanted to use a i'm in the military ribbon.  The national defense service medal (it is a medal, not a ribbon) is given only to those who served on active duty during a conflict (nearly everyone knows that it doesn't mean you served in the combat zone).  In other words, there are many reservists and national guardsman who are not authorized to wear it because it requires active duty orders for at least 90 days for other than training to be authorized. So it is possible to serve without ever receiving one of these, just not common now because we have been involved in wars for the better part of a decade. 

origen

@Knuckle

While i was in they handed that out to folks just leaving boot camp, Thats what we called it back then. I dont know what they would consider it now as ive been out for quite awhile. 1990- 1994 EVERYONE had one of those.

Reallypeople

Add this to the title Jackson: " Obama a Fake American"

The Big Dog's back

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AJ Oliver
Mr. Jackson fails to understand the difference between fact and innuendo.    There is zero evidence that Ms. Warren advanced "through affirmative action" (not that there is anything wrong with doing so).  See quote below . . .

James Taranto, on "Best of the Web," took no position on whether Warren is part Indian but noted that flexible ethnicity appeared to be a good career move: "Because she is--or can pass for--white, she was in a position to have the best of both worlds, advancing through affirmative action, then enjoying the white privilege of appearing to have gotten ahead solely on the merits."

This is easy "non-news" to cover.  How about if Mr. Jackson analyzes Ms. Warren's views on financial regulation.?  But that's pretty unlikely because it would involve, like, work.   

 

SamAdams

Soldier liar? Yep. Fake minority? Uh huh. But I'm giving Josh Mandel the benefit of the doubt. It's entirely possible his views on gay marriage have evolved. After all, Barack Obama claims HIS have (more than once, as it happens), so why not Mr. Mandel?

The truth, of couse, is that you can't alter facts. Blumenthal ISN'T some kind of a war hero. Warren ISN'T a Native American. But flip flops? How do you prove or disprove that somebody changes his mind, eh? It seems to me that the best way to determine a politician's views on ANY subject is to check the current polling data. If it will buy them just ONE MORE VOTE, they'll pretend to support pretty much anything! At least 'til the votes have been cast...

Perkins2060

We used to call the NDSM a firewatch ribbon (or medal) when I was in the Marine Corps.  If you have been in a combat zone you will have an Expeditionary Medal.   

gilamonster

Obamas combat action ribbon