If you don’t like Fauxcohontas …

John Hinderaker of the Power Line blog offers a different nickname for the presidential candidate whose entire career is based on her misrepresentation of being Native American.

Shrinking violets don’t become presidential contenders. Still, even at the highest level of overweening ambition, Elizabeth Warren stands out. She has clawed her way to the top by hook and by crook. One of her favorite techniques is the bald-faced lie. As an academic, she is best known for an article claiming that medical crises are largely responsible for personal bankruptcies. Warren’s article has been used (as she no doubt intended) to promote socialized medicine, but it has been thoroughly debunked. …

… Warren’s deeply flawed, if not outright deceptive, article on “medical” bankruptcies largely made her academic career. But she wouldn’t have gotten to the big time on the basis of an article, no matter how useful to the Left. Warren’s plus-factor, sheer gold in the academy, was her claim to be an American Indian. One can imagine how Harvard’s administrators salivated at the thought of having an actual Indian on their law faculty. We all know how that turned out, although it is fair to point out that if Warren hadn’t run for the Senate, she would have lived out her academic career as a proud member of the Cherokee Nation. Or the High Cheekbones Nation. Whatever.

Then we have Warren’s lie about being fired from a teaching job when she was young because she got pregnant. That story has been conclusively disproved because someone took the trouble to dig up the school board meeting minutes from the relevant time. Warren wasn’t fired. The school district wanted her to stay, but she quit. …

… [T]his was another lie by the notorious Lie-a-watha. Warren is a corrupt and deeply dishonest person who must never be allowed near the levers of executive power.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...