Slate’s been trying to help Elizabeth Warren dig her way out of her ever-embiggening grave. But instead of rescuing her, today, they just handed her another shovel:
— Slate (@Slate) October 17, 2018
James Erwin concludes:
How long will it be until a candidate finds herself effectively disqualified over a 10 percent chance of one disease or a 20 percent chance of another? An older candidate might assert that younger opponents had a greater chance of Alzheimer’s. A candidate might demand his opponent test her children’s DNA after rumors of infidelity “so we can all move on.” And another candidate might find themselves under pressure to share their DNA to verify heritage—even though the use of genetic testing for this purpose is extremely limited. Our reductive, even primitive understanding of how our genes relate to racial identity and health has produced yet another hurdle for future presidential candidates to leap (or find another way around). While it may not happen in 2020 or even 2024, it is not that far a step from the results Warren has released to the day when a candidate’s full genome is posted for review.
A power revealed soon becomes a power abused. Until Monday, Trump’s bluster was just bluster. Warren deflected his attacks, and similar attacks from her 2012 opponent Scott Brown, with relative ease. But now she has set a precedent. The “mismeasure of man” has never been prevented by new tests; it has only been shunted down new paths. We will live to see qualified candidates driven from politics over small potential flaws uncovered in their genetic makeup. We will see our nation retreat further from rational discourse, as objective proof is futilely offered and then sacrificed as “junk science” in the name of political skirmishing. President Trump will not be the last bully to demand the right to rummage through an opponent’s DNA. We must hope that Warren will be the last for a long time to allow it.
So that whole DNA thing backfired badly & has now turned into this. https://t.co/xUCxBWSr4L
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) October 17, 2018
The humiliation continues for Elizabeth Warren https://t.co/djyDKVLqNR
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) October 17, 2018
Erwin’s hyperventilating certainly doesn’t do Warren any favors here.
"Elizabeth Warren gave in to a bully."
Make her president? https://t.co/YtJWKtdQ2g
— RBe (@RBPundit) October 17, 2018
"Liz Warren will stand up for what is right, unless it's difficult."
This message brought to you by Patriots or Whatevs for Liz. https://t.co/DkuVQnMUbT
— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) October 17, 2018
People really think Trump made her do this, not her fellow Democrats in a competitive primary, don't they? https://t.co/p9p8EA8am6
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) October 17, 2018
Evidently. Whatever they need to tell themselves to sleep at night.
— Meech (@michi83) October 17, 2018
Wait, yesterday the spin was that she did this because she was a fighter. Now it is because she was bullied? https://t.co/1JTN07Tlim
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 17, 2018
Monday morning: "HA HA, IN YOUR FACE, ORANGE HITLER"
Wednesday morning: "Have you ever seen such cruelty?" https://t.co/PuzPHW1I29
— 🎃 Jim Creature 👻 (@jtLOL) October 17, 2018
If that was bullying, she has no biz being on the international stage.
— Jason Scalese (@coachscalese) October 17, 2018
First, Elizabeth Warren faced hardships because she was Native American. Now, she’s being oppressed because she’s not Native American. What a shame that we’re fresh out of sympathy.
Only those lying about it. https://t.co/8jQUrthpA9
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) October 17, 2018
Bullied?? How about pointing out that lies and ethnic appropriation for personal gains by this “academic”.
— Ken (@Bandaidken) October 17, 2018
You merely dont need to lie about your heritage to avoid this. If anything scum like Warren are the bullies.
— Joe (@Joe431990) October 17, 2018
Bullied? The lady is crowing about her "conclusive results" and blatantly lied for years about her "Cherokee heritage." If calling out liars is bullying, than I'm all for it.
— Senator Tim Allen (@senator_tim) October 17, 2018