Elizabeth Warren: “I Was a Beastie Boy”
BOSTON — Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign hit a serious snag over the past week with revelations that her Native American roots consist of a great-great-great-grandmother who was Cherokee. What would normally be considered a forgivable gaffe was compounded when it turned out that her 1/32 Cherokee status may have played a role in landing her a teaching job at Harvard.
Now, claims about her being a Beastie Boy threaten to completely derail efforts to unseat Republican Sen. Scott Brown.
In the hours after the world learned that Adam Yauch (MCA), a founding member of the Beastie Boys, had succumbed to a long-running battle with cancer, Warren said this:
“Hearing of Adam Yauch’s passing filled me with great sadness. He was a visionary and a pioneer. He helped bring hip-hop to the masses. He made it mainstream. I will always cherish the small part I played in crafting Licensed to Ill in the eighties. This week, say a little prayer for Adam, and thank God for the time we had with him.”
Conservative pundits immediately jumped on the claims, demanding proof that Warren played any role in crafting the breakout album. The Warren campaign has allowed press to view old tapes that were produced by Rick Warren, as well as Run-D.M.C.’s second album, King of Rock.
Asked to comment, Sen. Scott Brown would only say, “Adam Yauch was 1/3 of the Beastie Boys. If Elizabeth Warren believes she contributed to the band by purchasing some of the early efforts released by Def Jam Records, that’s good enough for me. Let’s just say she was 1/32 Beastie …”
Warren is supposed to hold a press conference on the firestorm in the near future, with Mix Master Mike in attendance.