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Because I teach at a public university, I regularly read the Phi Beta Con section in the National Review Onlline.  I want to know what  attacks to expect on what I do.  

Today, one of their regular writers links to a blog entry by Mark Bauerlein, a Professor of English at Emory, one of the goto guys in academia that confirms all of the Right's conviction that higher education in all multi-culti and has no interest in teaching the eternal truths of Western Civilization.

Bauerlein begins his entry with the following from Fred Barnes on why Republicans can't take the Senate:

"What's their problem? In Senate races, it's bad candidates: old hacks (Wisconsin), young hacks (Florida), youngsters (Ohio), Tea Party types who can't talk about abortion sensibly (Missouri, Indiana), retreads (Virginia), lousy campaigners (North Dakota) and Washington veterans (Michigan). Losers all.

Bauerlein's answer is a keeper and reveals more about the Rightwing mindset of its "intellectuals" than he thinks.


Bauerlein's answer to why their candiates are such "'pathetically incapable' mouthpieces who can't talk about controversial issues such as abortion sensibly:"

Here's one reason why: those politicians didn't study any conservative thinkers in college.  When they talk, they say nothing that suggests they have read much serious discourse on the right side of the spectrum from Burke to Charles Murray.  Leftists have their nostrums down pat (against racism, sexism, imperialism, economic inequality . . .), and however dated and predictable those utterances are, liberal politicians stick to the point and press it again and again.  Again, one reason is that they received ample helpings of liberalism in freshman English, history, any "studies course," sociology, etc., reading some Marx, Foucault, Dewey, Malcolm X, a bit of feminism here and multiculturalism there.  In school, those future conservative politicians likely rejected those texts, but they didn't plunge into the other side's corpus
In other words, not only is liberal indoctrination turning college students into mushy supporters of multi-culti left ideology, it has made future Republican candidates into idiots about the Rightwing canon that would not make sound intelligent.

I had no idea that the idiocy on the Right is the result of liberal professors. If only we used the Right canon, their candidates would be so much smarter.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

    by MoDem on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:19:00 PM PST

  •  Well, it's a more sensible comment than ... (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, kyril

    a lot of what one reads on the right.

    Right wing politicians do come across as ignorant and anti-intellectual. But if they were really smart they'd learn how to think and talk even from reading authors whose viewpoints they differed from.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:32:19 PM PST

  •  I think they have Fabulous candidates (4+ / 0-)

    Easier to beat than someone real and smart -- yet endlessly entertaining.  

  •  The problem is that RW (1+ / 0-)
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    candidates have grown more extreme at the precise time when they need to appeal to a much broader demographic slice than in the past, to survive.

    They appear un-serious, laughable, clownish, to more and more people.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:43:56 PM PST

  •  So the premise is (1+ / 0-)
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    that the way for Republicans to get smarter is to read more stupid, historically incorrect, factually-challenged, white-culture-centric drivel by losers whose ideas have failed the real-world empirical test again and again and again... great strategy!  I heartily endorse it.  We'll never lose an election again.  

  •  well......the more you know, (1+ / 0-)
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    the more you know what you don't know. So you go out and learn more....forever.

    Republicans are always certain. Right up to the point they are voted out......and beyond.

  •  Their problem (2+ / 0-)
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    MoDem, kyril

    The only thing they have to sell is chicken shit.  So, the only people who can make that sale are:

    1) Lunatics who truly believe in the wholesomeness of chicken shit,
    2) Psychopaths who can feed chicken shit to orphans,
    3) Idiots who can't tell chicken shit from chicken salad.

    I expect the Repubs to deliberately recruit #2 to run in future elections.

    It's been a hundred years, isn't it time we stopped blaming Captain Smith for sinking the Titanic?

    by happymisanthropy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:03:29 PM PST

  •  This actually may be one of the problems (1+ / 0-)
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    Not, as he implies, that only 'liberal' reading selections are presented in college. A wide variety of source material is used in most fields, and students are often asked to do their own research and find their own source material.

    No, it's that they've decided a priori that any text taught in college is necessarily liberal, and not only that, but that the professors are irretrievably biased and they'll be punished for submitting work based on conservative sources.

    If they actually read, thought seriously about, and wrote about the writings of the people whose thinking they claim to respect and value - Smith, Jefferson, Burke, the Greek and Roman classics - they'd come out not only a hell of a lot more intelligent and thoughtful, but also a hell of a lot more moderate.

    "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

    by kyril on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:45:56 PM PST

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