“On balance, it is well worth it, for on the one side lies fame and fortune, and on the other lies only a slap on the wrist. And, especially if I can hide my misdeeds for years (as seems usually to occur), and in the meanwhile have become a big deal, I am virtually assured of suffering nothing other than a minor slap on the wrist if and when I am finally caught.”
As Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren and her Harvard partners in crime are learning, academic fraud is not as easy to get away with as it used to be in the good old days before the emergence of a vigilant alternative media.
Writing for Breitbart, Michael Patrick Leahy revealed on Friday a spring 1993 article that listed Warren as one of approximately 250 “women of color” in legal academia. The article was published in what was then called the Harvard Women’s Law Journal and would have been released roughly when Warren was being considered for tenure.
At the time, Harvard Law was desperately seeking just such women. Just three years earlier, the Law School found itself embroiled in a nasty racial brouhaha. Black firebrand law professor Derrick Bell was demanding that Harvard appoint a woman of color to the law faculty. This protest would culminate in vigils and protests by the racially sensitive student body, in the course of which Bell supporter Barack Obama would compare the increasingly absurd Bell to Rosa Parks.
Feeling the pressure, Harvard Law Review editors wanted to elect their first African-American president. “Obama cast himself as an eager listener,” the New York Times reported in the article that would catch the eye of literary agent Jane Dystel, “sometimes giving warring classmates the impression that he agreed with all of them at once.”
In effect, the pressure Bell had brought to bear launched Obama’s political career, and it may have given Warren the idea to reinvent herself as Pocahontas. One could almost forgive Warren for cheating a little. At the time, the Law School faculty was flush with cheats, including Obama’s two most prominent mentors.