WASHINGTON. It seems she would like us to call her Josephine Six-Pack. That’s a reference to a recent and notably strange Instagram live video released by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Evidently, the video is an attempt to re-frame her privileged self as just another middle-class American worker. In it, the self-proclaimed Native American cooks while power-downing a brewski.
Hasn’t someone told her that’s a racist stereotype? Or is it cultural appropriation?
Who am I today?
On one hand, it’s clear Elizabeth Warren learned from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 mistakes. Consequently, she appears ready to ignore her party’s perpetually angry feminist base in an attempt to appeal to what she sees as suds-guzzling, Trump deplorables.
I suppose it’s only a matter of time before we see video of Warren firing an AR-15 from the right hip while balancing a baby and Bible on the left.
Shades of Michael Dukakis riding a tank. Is there anything genuine about this woman?
The play’s the thing
In a rare moment of honesty, former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile admitted:
“I think people involved in politics make good actors. Acting and politics involve fooling people. People like being fooled by actors. When you get right down to it, they probably like being fooled by politicians even more. A skillful actor will make you think, but a skillful politician will make you never have to think.”
It’s all in your head
And there is science to back that observation up. According to a 2007 brain study published in the journal Nature,
“Conservatives show more structured and persistent cognitive styles, whereas liberals are more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty.”
The study contends that liberal brains showed greater activity in the anterior cingulate cortex, or ACC.
In addition, Brent A Vogt and Orrin Devinsky, writing in ScienceDirect, observed that “one patient with a large right anterior cingulate… reported that his left hand was alien because it operated ‘against his will.’”
An unfamiliar role for Elizabeth Warren
If Warren’s social media message to the normal folks in flyover country seems wooden and awkward, it’s because she is not used to appealing for votes from those whose brains percolate with “persistent cognitive styles.”
Given that Warren is only familiar with reliable, anterior cingulate voters, those ACC Americans are sure to pull the voting lever in her favor with the left hand that operates against their will.
But appealing to cognitive voters requires an acting method foreign to the woman who has typecast herself in the role of victimized plains Indian.
Elizabeth Warren thinks holding a beer suddenly transforms her into a normal, aw-shucks, deplorable plebeian. But can her Instagram video and other “correctives” persuade flyover country Americans to cast this strange woman, driven by conflicting multiple-personalities, in the role of President of these United States in 2020?
So, do you want to see if Elizabeth Warren can persuade you she’s the real, beer-swilling American deal? Then check out her Instagram video via this YouTube clip. Then judge for yourself.
Top Image: Photo of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Photo illustration by the author.