Donald Trump, assuming he survives in office long enough to seek re-election, clearly hopes Pocahontas, as he calls Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, will not be the candidate the Democrats pick to bring him down in 2020. He is lethal, of course, in his assignment of sticky nicknames that pinpoint his opponents’ greatest vulnerabilities. His choice of sobriquet for Warren is, from a purely technical marketing standpoint, as masterful as it is odious. He wants to embed in voters’ minds the notion that the senator is a con artist who gamed affirmative action to win a Harvard professorship. Needless to say, that notion is a lie, but for reasons perhaps best left to a novelist Warren did choose early in her career to identify herself to potential employers as Native American. Family legend spoke of Cherokee forbears and seemed confirmed by cheekbones on her father’s side. It pleased her to believe the legend. Not that it would be unheard of for families like hers with roots severa...

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