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Brown's attacks on Warren's alleged heritage backfire

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  September 25, 2012 12:45 PM

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The American Indian attacks on Elizabeth Warren from conservatives and Republicans have finally blown up in Scott Brown’s face. Brown could only push the “Warren isn’t a real Indian” line so far before it backfired. It is red meat to his supporters and her detractors, especially the national ones, but how many votes has it actually turned?

Polls show voters are aware of the scandal but it has had little impact on their vote. Clearly, the Brown campaign wants to paint Warren as untrustworthy and of questionable character because they win if the race stays that way.

Roll the tape...

They have hit her hard on her work involving asbestos claims and for coal mining companies and possibly practicing law without a license but the heritage allegations are a different story. They always had to walk a fine line when attacking her and her family on such an unusual circumstance, at least for many Baystaters.

His supporters have called her Lieawatha and Fauxcauhontas, not exactly racially sensitive terms.

This video, featuring some of Brown's Washington staffers like Greg Casey and Jack Richard, is very damaging even without them because it shows his supporters engaging in this behavior. Their appearance just adds fuel to the fire.

Brown released his first real negative ad of the campaign after the first debates attacking after Warren's self-repored heritage. Warren was up shortly with a response ad that is, well, a vast improvement over her earlier ads. It makes her appear sympathetic and likable, something she's struggled with throughout the campaign.

Boston has a sad racial history and this latest episode just adds to the global perception that my hometown is populated with a bunch of whiskey drinking knuckledraggers that hate the New York Yankees.

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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