Poll Results: Readers Speak Out About Brown/Warren Controversies
Indian claim stirs outrage among some Patch readers against US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
The controversy over US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's claim to be part Native American is not going over well with Patch readers in the Greater Boston area, according to an unscientific Patch poll.
As of Thursday morning 52 percent of the 304 Patch readers who took our unscientific poll said they believe US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is more of a hypocrite than incumbent Republican US Senator Scott Brown.
Meanwhile some 19 percent who took the poll said they believe Brown is more of a hypocrite for voting against President Barack Obama's health care law while taking advantage of a key provision in it: the provision that allows him to keep his elder daughter on his congressional health insurance plan.
30 Comments Left on May 3 Article
Comments posted on the May 3 article, which ran on Patch sites in Boston's South End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Charlestown, as well as in Somerville, Medford, Malden, Melrose, Stoneham and Wakefield, also favored Brown over Warren.
"Leave Pinocchio-hontas alone," said Richie M, who also went on to call her a "shameless box checker."
"...Checking off the affirmative action box that she is a Native American because her grandmother told her she had high cheekbones pretty much sums up the Democrat Party and Democrat voters," added Jim Hatherley. "Even for Massachusetts Democrats she is an embarrassment."
However, many readers also supported Warren.
"I'm a Warren supporter, because I see her as a fighter for the things that matter to me, like protecting the middle class, which has been under assault for too long," said mike festa. "Her record of being a strong voice for economic and financial accountability for Wall Street is clear and long- standing. There are too many champions of big business in the Senate already."
Ben Akinnodi wrote, "If Warren is not voted in, it will be sad for the 99% of this great nation. Republicans don't care about the little people. That is a fact."
'We have the best government money will buy'
Still others were more diplomatic. Some 15 percent of those who took our poll checked off the box that said neither candidate are hypocrites, "It's just politics as usual." And some 12 percent said they believe both candidates are hypocrites.
Ron Sen summed up the view of many political cynics or political realists (depending on your view):
"The "Profiles in Courage" approach to American democracy died long ago. We have the best government that money can buy. Each of us is entitled to our own opinions, but we are not entitled to our own facts. You cannot win a major national election (e.g. every Senate race) without money, no matter which party you support.
"Having cared for a number of America's elite politicians for a decade at Bethesda Naval Hospital, I trust none. One of my colleagues who will remain unnamed said that he trusted only one politician in Washington. Later, that politician was convicted of perjury.
"Why do you think a billion dollars will be spent on this presidential election? Money buys access, and access buys policy. Those are the facts."