I had some brilliant teachers when I was at law school in Texas. Elizabeth Warren was not among their number. While she knew her stuff, her disjointed, elliptical communication style made her one of the poorer teachers I’ve had during my 20 years as student (from kindergarten through my J.D.). I’ve always said that she was a nice lady (never mean or cutting to students), but teaching was not her skill.
I didn’t follow Warren’s career after she left Texas, so I was unaware that she had moved on to Harvard. I learned that only recently, when the Obama election caused her to become a player on the national scene. By then, I was so focused on what she was saying or doing, that it didn’t occur to me to ask how the heck she got to Harvard. After all, she really wasn’t “all that.”
Now that the news has broken that she falsely claimed minority status based upon her alleged 3% (or may 1.5%) drop of Native American, her Harvard employment makes sense. Harvard needed a Native American law professor — and there Warren was.
I realize that Warren’s coming out as a race hustler is somewhat stale news, but my history with her popped into my mind when I read Alana Goodman’s little summary of the effect Warren’s lies are having on her campaign:
The growing narrative about Warren, on the other hand, is that she’s an ivory tower liberal with some shady character flaws. This latest Trail of Tears development also makes her something of a punchline, similar to how Coakley became a running joke after she cluelessly claimed former Red Sox pitcher and Brown supporter Curt Schilling was a Yankee fan. While the Coakley’s meltdown happened shortly before Election Day, Warren still has time to repair her image. But her window of opportunity is quickly closing, and the drip-drip of details like this will make it difficult for her to turn things around.
Reading that made me realize that her shady days go back a long time, and have propelled her forward on a body of lies.