Read the Berkshire Eagle's latest editorial on Sen. Elizabeth Warren:
Our Opinion: Warren must resolve debate on heritage
By The Editorial Board
Elizabeth Warren, the senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, has attained membership in that small club of congressional figures who have garnered national recognition. To her admirers, she is a tireless champion for consumer rights, banking reform and socially liberal issues who has a plausible shot at winning the presidency. To her detractors, she is a convenient lightning rod who rivals House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as the liberal that conservatives most love to vilify in their fundraising mailouts.
Sen. Warren also comes with an Achilles' heel, which, thanks to President Donald Trump and his penchant for using denigrating epithets when referring to his opponents, is as well known as the senator, herself. This is the ongoing claim of Native American heritage that she allegedly used to further her academic career, even though colleagues and the institutions where she worked claim that her being listed as a "woman of color" had no influence on her advancement.
Since the news of her background came out, rather than renounce her claim, she has taken the course of fully embracing it — championing native causes, speaking to native groups of their pride and deriding their treatment at the hands of the U.S. government.
We cannot know whether this advocacy is an awkward attempt to identify with others of her heritage, or whether it is simply a socially-conscious politician's desire to right historic wrongs on the part of disadvantaged people.
For these reasons, those who wish her ill will never allow the Native American question to recede; Sen. Warren's potential appeal as a national candidate constitutes too much of a threat. Therefore, we offer a simple suggestion that could not even have been contemplated when Warren first listed her heritage on an employment form.
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.
So we call upon our senior senator to screw up her courage and take the spit test. If she already has but is keeping the results under wraps, we urge her to be forthcoming with them. She has nothing to lose but her Achilles' heel.