While lurking at Free Republic, I came across a link to a video of a 2010 local news report that contains excerpts of radio ads from Frazier Glenn Miller's Missouri Senate campaign. (Miller ran as a write-in candidate in that race -- no, not as a Democrat, Freepers -- and got a whopping seven votes.)
I bring this up because the reporter on the story, after giving us a taste of Miller's rhetoric ("We've sat back and allowed the Jews to take over our government, our banks, and our media. We've allowed tens of millions of foreign mud people to invade our country"), turns to someone who's supposed to be an expert from academia -- political science professor Charles Moran from Rockhurst University, a Jesuit school in Kansas City. At 1:43 in the clip, Professor Moran offers possibly the stupidest imaginable response to what Miller says:
In both parties you have these extreme wings that are very vocal right now. You have the tea party movement that is pretty active as far as Republicans are concerned, and you have MoveOn.org that's energizing the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.OK, that's bad enough -- here's a rabid racist and anti-Semite, and the prof compares him to MoveOn. (Even the tea party comparison is a bit much.) But wait for it -- what Professor Moran says next is even dumber:
And you never had all that stuff back in the sixties and the seventies, to get all the people worked up.Right, professor. American politics in the 1960s and 1970s was wall-to-wall moderation.
Sure glad our youth have you to turn to for an informed perspective on American politics.
And lest you think this guy is left-leaning -- after all, our right-wing friends tell us that all professors are left-leaning -- here's a review from his Rate My Professors page:
... if you are a democrat/liberal you are going to feel awkward, and cringe at some of the stuff he says... If you're a republican you'll definitely love what he has to say its like Fox News live. easy A either way.I believe that last part.