Now everyone knows that would-be Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren falsely claimed to be Native American in the Harvard Law School directory, so as to boost the school's (and her) minority street-cred. (In a separate thread, member Amy Schley's makes the wonderful suggestion that Warren's Indian name is "Sits with Tenure." Or possibly "Dances with Quotas.")
But it gets better. Warren now explains that she lied about her ethnic status in an attempt to make new friends! “I listed myself in the directory in the hopes that it might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group something that might happen with people who are like I am,” she said. Pathetic, yes, but also confusing. "People who are like I am?" What does she mean? Does she mean she hoped to meet other white people pretending to be Indians? Or is she claiming that (a) Native Americans are likely "progressive" like her; but (b) they generally keep to themselves, so only by pretending to be a Cherokee would she get invited to the best liberal pow-wows? How patronizing can you get?
Is this having any impact on the poll numbers in Massachusetts?