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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Lamar Alexander Channeling Spellings?

Ever since the formation of the Spellings' Commission to Meddle in Higher Ed, Alexander has been a reliable lap dog, from pumping the apocalytic pulp contained in Rising Above the Gathering Storm, to even accompanying her on the recent tour of India to figure out how to manufacture our own homegrown shortage of high tech talent. And now he is out in public, praising the the nut job, David Horowitz? I think your point is clear, Maggie. This from Think Progress:

Sen. Lamar Alexander ♥ David Horowitz

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) delivered the keynote speech at the Students for Academic Freedom conference, a group started by right-wing activist David Horowitz. Alexander heaped praise upon Horowitz, calling him a “geniune, dedicated, experienced, and [un]usually successful movement leader.”

A look at some of the things this “leader” has said:

Guns don’t kill black people, other blacks do. [Salon, 8/16/99]

Black Africans and Arabs were responsible for enslaving the ancestors of African-Americans. [FrontPage, 1/3/01]

The so-called ‘peace movement’ today is led by the same hate-America radicals who supported America’s totalitarian enemies during the Cold War…They are the friends in deed of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. [FrontPage, 4/7/03

Now Horowitz is taking on professors. His new book lists 101 professors he considers “dangerous” based on false allegations, smears, and manipulations of fact. Last week he called one student who questioned his conclusions “deaf and brain-dead” and told another, “You do not have the mental capacity to understand.”

Truly a man worthy of a senator’s salute.

For more information on Horowitz and his misguided campaign, check out Campus Progress’s Horowitz Watch.

Adam Jentlesen

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