Ruth Dudley Edwards: Euro crisis is a real threat to Obama
Claims that Obama was born in Kenya are back but the economy will be the decisive issue, says Ruth Dudley Edwards
TIMES are challenging and we must get our laughs where we can, so before I write about the US presidential election on which so much depends, I must share with you the story of Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, Democratic candidate for the senate seat of Massachusetts.
This senatorial seat was a Democratic redoubt from 1952, when John F Kennedy defeated the Brahmin Bostonian Henry Cabot Lodge. But in 2010, after Ted Kennedy's death, it was recaptured for the Republican Party -- to general liberal consternation -- by the little-known Scott Brown.
Warren has become a national laughing stock since it emerged that for years she had listed herself in the Association of American Law Schools' directory as a Native American and had been touted as a "minority faculty member" by the Harvard Law School on the basis of having allegedly had a Cherokee great-great-grandmother.