Former President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina wasn’t thrilled to see many prominent Democrats spending their morning discussing Senator Elizabeth Warren‘s DNA test, rather than focusing on the upcoming midterm election.
Warren released the DNA test after facing years of comments from President Donald Trump about her heritage.
I find it offensive that Goofy Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, pretended to be Native American to get in Harvard.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2016
Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
Although Warren and her supporters may see her DNA test results as a victory, some Democrats see it as nothing but a distraction and a waste of time as election day draws nearer.
Messina slammed Warren for choosing to release the DNA test when Democrats should be focusing on winning seats in the midterm elections.
Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her announcement now? Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???
— Jim Messina (@Messina2012) October 15, 2018
Some Democrats echoed Messina’s concerns, while many conservatives celebrated the distraction derailing the Democrats.
I really don't care if she is or is not part Am. Indian (other than if she used her 1/1024th sliver of heritage to qualify for affirm action programs). But the bigger point is how good President Trump is at getting Ds to do dumb things – like take a DNA test. https://t.co/FMQ7WUywlu
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 15, 2018
Obama campaign manager bemoans #Fauxcahontas sideshow, which comes on the heels of Hill & Bill's Corruptopalooza speaking tour & Hill's sabotage of #MeToo orthodoxy. Happy Monday! #beclowned https://t.co/JiCr0KSdtM
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 15, 2018
This is Obama's 2012 campaign manager. Maybe if *he* says it, Dems will listen to him.
Probably not, but worth a shot anyway. https://t.co/OzcoeAnIpi
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 15, 2018
As far as the questionable timing of Warren’s DNA release, Messina may have a point in criticizing her motives of focusing on 2020 when the 2018 midterms are just a few weeks away. Many believe that this is a first step in clearing her name so she can run against Trump in 2020.
A recent poll from CNN showed Warren in fourth place to be the Democrat’s candidate in 2020, with eight percent responding in her favor. Former Vice President Joe Biden led the pack with 33 percent naming him as their first choice.
As far as the midterm elections go, it remains to be seen how the Democrats will do. Generic polls from Real Clear Politics show Democrats with a 7.3 point lead on Republicans.
However, other polls reflect an increase in voter enthusiasm for right-leaning voters following the controversy of the confirmation hearing for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
As Messina noted, American voters will head to the polls on November 6.