Thursday, 7 October 2004

Bob McElvaine sets up a strawman

My colleague Bob McElvaine, a history prof, has a column in today’s Clarion-Ledger that rests on this rather incomplete definition:

The word conservative means keeping things as they are.

I’m debating between writing a 500-word rebuttal (tying it in with the “You are not X, say Y” theme) or just fisking the mercy out of the piece, though I have to say anyone who’s holding up Charley Reese as an exemplar of mainstream conservative thought in America probably deserves the latter.

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[Permalink] 1. Gabriella wrote @ Sun, 17 Oct 2004, 10:34 pm CDT:

Bob McElvaine is an idiot. My daughter has to read some of his work in her college class & my money is being wasted!

He is so critical of President Bush that it’s scary. He probably won’t think so little of Bush if he were cleaning up after 911 in his home town.


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