If it seems like I've been enjoying Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren's slow motion train wreck just a little bit, it's probably because I am. For a refresher on the basic facts, review my primer from last week. In one of my subsequent posts on the matter, I noted with some bemusement the coincidence that Harvard continues to list just one of its law professors as a Native American -- but refuses to say who it is. I bet you can guess why. This is all a big non-issue, though, the Warren campaign informs us, because the professor-turned-candidate received no academic or hiring advantage from her dubious ethnic status. How do we know this? Because one of Warren's esteemed colleagues says so. Except...we now know that said colleague isn't exactly a disinterested party:
A Harvard Law School professor who defended Elizabeth Warren against charges she unfairly obtained her teaching position by falsely claiming a Native American minority heritage is a donor to her U.S. Senate campaign. Professor Charles Fried gave $250 to Warren’s campaign in November 2011, according to a review by The Daily Caller of donor records published by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Associated Press reported Monday that Fried, a former solicitor general under President Reagan who voted for President Obama in 2008, said the notion that Warren “attained her position and maintains her reputation on anything other than her evident merit is complete nonsense.” The Warren campaign is likely hoping Fried’s defense will put questions about her claims of Native American ancestry to rest. But the revelation that he is not an impartial observer of the race — and donated money to her campaign — could spark more questions.