For anyone who isn’t familiar with the landscape of New England, western Massachusetts is more Liberal than the greater Boston area, which is saying a lot. The Berkshire Eagle is not a centrist newspaper, it’s pretty far to the left. For them to be challenging Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry in this way is huge.
Here’s what they wrote in a recent editorial:
Our Opinion: Warren must resolve debate on heritage
The same technology that can match a perpetrator to a crime with virtually 100 percent certainty could settle the question of her heritage for all time.
There are now so many commercial DNA heritage-tracking labs in business that they advertise on television. The going rate for one of the most popular tests is $99. All the senator needs to do is spit into a tube, wait a few weeks and get her answer. No matter if the test came up negative or positive, it would constitute a plus for Warren and her political hopes.
Were she to test positive for Native American DNA, it would permanently resolve the issue — while possibly shutting down President Trump.
Should the test come up negative, it would be an opportunity for the senator to perform an act rarely seen among politicians: an admission of her error and a full-throated apology to Native American tribes and anyone else offended by her spurious claim. By facing the truth and taking responsibility for it, she would disarm her enemies and show potential voters that she was human and capable of mistakes, just like them.
That last part is wishful thinking. First of all, if the test came up negative it would only confirm that Warren has been lying for years. Second, it would not make her seem more like “regular” folks. It would be a disaster for her.