Elizabeth Warren mocked with Native American gestures at the Eire in Dot

Charles Pierce at Esquire:

Scott Brown has handed his campaign over to career ratfkers out of the furnaces of Karl Rove’s Isengard. Today, you will note, some of Brown’s staffers got together and tried once again to set aloft the nothingburger story about Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry. And, yes, the video should remind you of something.

This is the way they operate. This is the way they always operate. You hire these people because this is the way they operate. Of course, Senator McDreamy attempted to stay above the fray but, alas, doesn’t have the vertical for it.

"It is certainly something that I don’t condone," said Brown when asked about the video.

(Brown, apparently, is not associated with his campaign in any material way. It appears that some anonymous sugar daddies have been contributing to McDreamy’s campaign to the tune of about $2 million and, mysteriously, their occupations are missing from the campaign-finance forms filed by the friend of the working man. Here’s the candidate’s response: “You’ll have to speak to the campaign…I don’t have time to zero in on the financial reports, obviously." Just a feather in the winds of history, our McDreamy is.)

Why would anyone believe you would “condone” this, just because you brought it up in the first debate almost before they’d turned on the cameras? So, we can assume that the staffers in question will be dismissed?

Of course not.

"The real offense is that [Warren] said she was white and then checked the box saying she is Native American, and then she changed her profile in the law directory once she made her tenure."

  • Jack Richard, Scott Brown Senate staff Constituent Service Counsel, is in the camouflage shirt.
  • Greg Casey, Scott Brown Senate staff Deputy Chief of Staff, is wearing a black polo can be seen near end of video. 
  • Brad Garnett, Massachusetts GOP operative, is front and center with tan baseball cap and gray hoodie.
  • Jerry McDermott, State Director, is wearing a blue fleece and has shades on head.
  • Jennifer Franks, special assistant, is wearing a  plaid shirt and can be seen in the  beginning of the video.

Staging amateur theatricals on the sidewalk concerning issues nobody cares about is distracting, and it makes you look like a jackass, and, besides, you’re the one opposed to “negative attacks,” remember? The second-most bipartisan senator in the universe?

There’s only one reason to pound the issue about Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry and that is to race-bait, to gin up the lizard-brained anger at “quotas” and “affirmative action.” Brown already tippy-toed down that line last week in the debate, when he explained that he can tell an Injun jes’ by lookin’ at one. You talk about her like she gamed the system and you’re not merely casting aspersions on her career, but you’re giving a nudge-nudge, wink-wink to all the usual suspects out there who know somebody who knew somebody who was related to somebody who knew somebody who didn’t get the job they should have had. This is also what they do. This is also what they’ve always done. This is also why you hired people because this is what they do.