While speaking in Hawaii, Ward “Lil’ Eichmanns” Churchill has admitted that he doesn’t have any American-Indian heritage:

“Is he an Indian? Do we really care?” (Churchill) said, quoting those he called his “white Republican” critics.

“Let’s cut to the chase; I am not,” he said.

According to some, Churchill would never have gotten his position at the University of Colorado if not for an effort to increase the diversity of the faculty. Churchill hasn’t earned a Ph.D. but was allowed to chair the cultural studies department. His revelation would seem to provide grounds for firing.

In fact, it seems a little too easy. Perhaps he’s offering the university a reason to fire him. The move would cement his role as a leftist martyr. He’d be a hit on the talk circuit for years if he was dismissed while excercising “free speech.” That his dismissal was because of lying, not for political speech, will be quickly forgotten.

Maybe Churchill has figured out he’d be far happier denouncing America as a celebrity on a permanent worldwide tour rather than just from a Colorado classroom.

If the University of Colorado wanted to make a move against Churchill, this may be their best opportunity. But perhaps they should avoid taking the bait.

ADDENDUM: Some have commented correctly that Churchill may not officially be guilty of fraud, a point Paul Campos made in the column I cited above. However, people have been fired for similar offenses before. Remember the Toronto Blue Jays manager who told everyone he was a Vietnam Vet?

But what Churchill has done is admitted to one of the most serious charges thrown against him. He’s thrown down the gauntlet and asked, “Now, what are you going to do about?”

UPDATE: Instapundit is reporting that questions about the accuracy of Churchill’s quote have been raised. The neo-neocon makes a great point about the blogosphere’s ability to weed out the truth.

MORE GRIST: A telling link via Powerline. Building a career based on a huge lie would be grounds for dismissal in any other field.