Two last things concerning Bainbridge’s post…

Posted: August 3, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech, opinion/news
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…first of all I must link to Roxeanne De Luca’s excellent piece that not only linked to mine, but puts the lie to his anti-intellectual point that the professor tried to make:

While Bielat is the only one of those guys (and gals) who pulled off the double-Ivy education, one can hardly call the small army of JDs, CPAs, MBAs, and professors “anti-intellectual”. One then has to wonder at Bainbridge’s assertions: who, among this growing conservative movement, is really “anti-intellectual”? Are we stupid? uneducated? have the audacity to think that our BC, Georgetown, and Tufts educations are not so dismal as to disqualify us from public debate and office? or just not relentlessly focused on degrees obtained two decades ago? is what is happening in Massachusetts not representative?

As they say, read the whole thing as the young lady with TWO DEGREES of her own defends the tea party she is so much a part of.

Secondly and more importantly as I re-read his piece I noticed something that I hadn’t caught in his 10th point, lets review:

Whatever happened to smart, well-read, articulate leaders like Buckley, Neuhaus, Kirk, Jack Kent, Goldwater, and, yes, even Ronald Reagan? emphasis mine

Even Ronald Reagan? EVEN RONALD REAGAN?! That sentence, the idea that: Today’s conservatives are so dumb they even make Ronald Reagan look smart, well-read and articulate, brings me back to my college days.

Starting college 8 months into Reagan’s first term I recall the way that liberals treated Reagan with disdain and/or fear. My favorite professor the spectacular Ed Thomas, (the best history teacher I ever had) used to talk about how Reagan “Scared him”. Liberals reacted with glee when he got the nomination. They couldn’t believe he won.

But I also remember how elite conservatives absolutely HATED him. They hated his small town background, they hated that he was a Hollywood actor, they hated his abandonment of realpolitik saying bluntly what the Soviet Union actually was, they hated him because he was so comfortable in his own skin and beliefs they he didn’t feel the need to seek their approval.

Most of all they hated that due to his success and popularity among the idiot people that they had to pay homage to someone so obviously beneath them to get elected or to be supported.

Remind you of anyone today?

We have seen this last point often in the last few years among the leftist media and pols (who can’t believe and won’t forgive Reagan for drawing more sympathy in death than Ted Kennedy) who now avoid criticizing him, acting as if they had been with him all the time.

I had almost totally forgotten the absolutely visceral hatred some Republicans had for Ronald Reagan. Thank you Professor Bainbridge for reminding me of an important lesson from the days of a full hairline.

Update: An Instalanche in my sleep. Very odd to wake up and find my first post of yesterday to be linked by Glenn at the very end of the day. Nice to have you all. You may want to check out the article I put up at on the subject called:
Conservatives in Massachusetts should be grateful not embarrassed by the Tea Party that answers the point concerning Tea Parties.

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  4. Gregory Koster says:

    Dear TechGuy: OK, name names. Who are these GOP elitists who had visceral hatred for RR in 1980? To be sure, he faced a great deal of opposition in 1980, but that’s because he had a lot of competition for the GOP nomination. I remember Howard Baker, GHW Bush, John Anderson (who split off later to run as an independent—-hence his criticism or RR isn’t worth much) Phil Crame, Bob Dole all competing with RR at first. What conservative politicians, who weren’t running for the nomination, had visceral hatred?

    What about the conservative press? James Kilpatrick? Buckley? Max Rafferty? George Will? Pat Buchanan? Bill Safire? William Rusher? Who in the press had this visceral hatred?

    Names please, even if they are full of hairs from a receding hairline.

    Sincerely yours,
    Gregory Koster

  5. bbbeard says:

    Yes, thanks, that’s exactly what I thought when I read Bainbridge’s snippy elitist putdown of our “poorly educated ex-sportswriter”. FWIW I have three “Ivy Group” degrees and the one thing I know about Ivies is that I would really prefer that they not try to run the country. They give elitism a bad name.

    But if you have to go Ivy, I vastly prefer W’s “aw shucks, pass me a beer” anti-elitism to Obama’s “hand me the car keys NOW” arrogance.


  6. Mike D says:

    Reagan graduated from a dinky little cow town college. Watching this yokel become POTUS must have been unbearable to the Masters of he Universe with their Harvard and Yale education.

  7. Roxeanne de Luca says:

    Congrats on the Instalanche.

    In fact, I knew before I came here that you were Instalanched, because the secondary effects were felt over at Haemet. So I owe you one. :)

  8. Darrell says:

    As long as the conservative movement permits lunatics like Beck, Coulter, Limbaugh, Breitbart, et al, to represent it, it will be perceived as a group of morons, and ridiculed. And why wouldn’t it? In the end, what’s the difference between a fool like Cindy Sheehan and a fool like Ann Coulter? Neither of them has ever said anything useful or contributed anything to the betterment of the country. They just shout a lot.

    This country is screwed not because of liberals, nor because of conservatives. It’s because of ideologically paralyzed partisan drones at both ends.

  9. memomachine says:


    Isn’t that one of the Establishment GOP criticisms of Sarah Palin? That she graduated, if you can actually believe that, from the University of Idaho? And that is after having to transfer 5 times to different schools because, *gasp*, she couldn’t afford to go to one college for 4 years on someone elses dime.

    Honestly it is stuff like this that offends me more than anything. Except for the endless backhanded denigrations of RR.

  10. Greg says:

    Darrell clearly hasn’t ever listened to the “Idiots,” else he would not have submitted such a moronic post. One, Coulter, Beck, Limbaugh, et al, (can I use Latin, even though I went to a state university?), ALL have serious, cogent points to make. If you think they are idiotic, kindly restate those points (to show you’ve actually listened), and rebut. Otherwise, STFU. Two, all of those mentioned, but Beck in particular, have had orders of magnitude more effect, on the public and this wretched administration, then all of their supposed intellectual betters put together. Sitting around the country club, nattering amongst yourselves about how bad everything is, won’t get it done.

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