Another Embarassed Anteater

First off, let me continue to shine the spotlight on the great debate that’s popped up on this site about Democrats ending the war – read Kyle’s post In Advance and Mick’s retort In Retreat, as well as the comments. It’s a discussion which will surely continue over the coming days. Unfortunately, I, like Kyle, have a full Saturday with the lil ones and will have to weigh in later.

When you have a moment to take a break from the Great Debate, look at this must-read piece from the LA Times. You have probably already heard of the firing of Erwin Chemrinsky as the new dean for UC Irvine’s coming law school for being … well … uhm … a liberal. Well, it appears he may be rehired.

But most important is the story’s details on some of the facts regarding how the termination arose in the first place. It shows that the modern McCarthys of the right aren’t limited to blogs like Little Green Footballs but extend through out the right’s most prominent figures. In this case, it was highly placed, political Righties who were out to derail Chemrinsky for the crime of being liberal. Most notable is the involvement of Ronald George, the Chief Justice of California’s Supreme Court.

The story offers the rare behind the scenes glimpse of what we have long suspected of the powerful leaders on the Right. They view the debate between liberals and conservatives as a war where you do anything you can get away with to smear and derail the careers of liberals.

By the way, anyone notice the influx of current and former Irvineites throughout the liberal blogosphere. I mean you got Ezra Klein, Duncan Black and Kevin Drum. I’ve even heard a rumor that the most prominent one may post on this blog. It must be something to do with coming in direct contact with so many OC wingers that drives the liberals to blog.

7 Responses to “Another Embarassed Anteater”

  1. Kevin Drum says:

    Well, it’s a little unfair to include Duncan in the ranks of ex-Irvinites. He was only here for a few years, after all.

    And don’t forget the conservatives! Hugh Hewitt lives just a couple of miles down the road from me.

  2. Macswain says:

    But don’t underestimate the impact those “few years” had on Duncan’s world view (& thanks for the correct spelling of Irvinite; I was wonderin’ about that).

  3. matttbastard says:

    Holy shit, am I the only one posting here who doesn’t have kids? (I have a cat and mounting debt – does that count?)

  4. Kids: much more heartache, but much more worth it.

  5. GO says:

    These include heavyweights blogs of the right. Please note that these are full voiced protests of Chemrinsky’s treatment by UC Irvine. Hanson is posted on National Review Online.

    Let’s Play Guess Who’s Defending The Liberal
    The Chancellor at UC Irvine had offered the deanship of UCI’s brand new law school to Erwin Chemerinsky, then abruptly withdrew the offer. The reason?

    Chemerinsky’s political views would make him a target for criticism from conservatives.

    But the point here is, well, who’s objecting to this? Here’s a list:

    Gay Patriot
    Hugh Hewitt
    Captain Ed
    Victor Davis Hansen
    John Leo
    So what do all of the above have in common? Class? Anybody?

    They’re conservatives.

    I get the Inside Higher Ed RSS feed every day (I only subject myself to the idiocy printed there if I see something intriguing on the feed), and although there may be some objection there, it hasn’t been in the feeds.

    So let me chime in on the issue. This is crap. Drake made the offer, all the way to negotiating the salary and telling Chemerinsky he was hired. Drake had damned well better apologize, and give Chemerinsky the job. I don’t care how nutso-batso left the man is.

  6. Kathy says:

    Holy shit, am I the only one posting here who doesn’t have kids? (I have a cat and mounting debt – does that count?)

    I must have missed where everybody said they have kids. At any rate, I am one of those who has a kid, but she’s a freshman in college and turns 18 in two weeks, so maybe that doesn’t count. But: I also have 3 cats, 1 dog, and enough debt for two lifetimes, estimating conservatively.

    And Kyle: I know I am one of the lucky ones, but for me, the heartache was not in the having of a kid, but in the “losing” of her — to college and adulthood. I’m going through major, major empty nest syndrome. I know I haven’t really lost her, but it feels that way right now.

    Oh, and this to Kevin: You have my sympathy. 🙂

  7. Kevin gets your sympathy? *sigh*

    To the best of my knowledge I live in the reddest state here (I admit not know where from Mick hails). Where’s my sympathy?


    As for empty nest syndrome, I’m thankful I got at least seventeen years before getting there. Though it should be said that my wife has not been able to spend a single night away from the kids since we had the first. If that’s anything of a precursor, Cammy and Keiki moving out is gonna be hell.

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