If his latest, cheekily titled “Lonely Campus Voices” is any indication of where he wants to take his new NYT column, then it’s clear that Our Miss Brooks poses no threat to William Safire.
Brooksie begins with typical disingenuousness.
These dissenters lead interesting lives. But there’s one circumstance that causes true anguish: when a bright conservative student comes to them and says he or she is thinking about pursuing an academic career in the humanities or social sciences.”
“Anguish”? Could it be that Brooksie is about to (clutch the pearls) Play the Victim Card ?
‘Here’s what I’m thinking when an outstanding kid comes in,’ says George, of Princeton. ‘If the kid applies to one of the top graduate schools, he’s likely to be not admitted. Say he gets past that first screen. He’s going to face pressure to conform, or he’ll be the victim of discrimination. It’s a lot harder to hide then than it was as an undergrad.
‘But say he gets through. He’s going to run into intense discrimination trying to find a job. But say he lands a tenure-track job. He’ll run into even more intense discrimination because the establishment gets more concerned the closer you get to the golden ring. By the time you come up for tenure, you’re in your mid-30’s with a spouse and a couple of kids. It’s the worst time to be uncertain about your career. Can I really take the responsibility of advising a kid to take these kinds of risks?’ “
We have, to be sure, heard these familiar strains coming out of Ye Old Reactionary Squeezebox before. Its dancing monkeys — D’Nesh D’Souza, Camille Paglia and The Creature From the Blog Lagoon are probably a tad tired of doing the “Varsity Drag” at this juncture. But what is Brooksie really up to?
Why it’s just like that scene in Tea and Sympathy where a concerned fraternity brother tells our Metrosexual avant la lettre hero that he ought to learn how to “walk like a man”!
What “excites” hiring committees? Is Brooksie beginning to show his hand? Or is he simply smoothing his skirt down over his knees like Tippi Hedren in Marnie ?
Hold the phone! “Adult” conservatives?
Oh right, that’s because college campsues are rife with Conservative clubs and orgs of all sorts. Well-funded Conservative clubs and orgs.
Obviously a lot of “Adult” money is involved in keeping these Conservakiddies afloat. Too bad these same “adults”are so stingy with their time — consequently leaving the door wide open for the likes of (Big Horrified Gasp !) the dreaded Paul Krugman.
Though that would constitute promoting the Gay Agenda, wouldn’t it Gary? Midge wouldn’t like that.
Others say it is possible to have a satisfying career and do good work if you learn not to fly straight into the prevailing ideology. ‘Conservatives are people who teach the value of prudence but are incapable of exercising any,’ says Mark Lilla, a politically unclassifiable professor at the University of Chicago.”
Now here’s a rara avis if there ever was one: a “politically unclassifiable professor.” Oh come on, Brooksie, fess up. Is he a Liberal whose feelings you’re trying not to offend for fear of losing some otherwise valuable social contact? Or maybe he’s a genuine Conservative of the old Stuart and Joseph Alsop school, disgusted with the current Republican party.
No one is “politically unclassifiable.”
Not in George W. Bush’s America they’re not!
If it were my kid, I’d say go to graduate school — read the books you want to read. Then go to Washington, where you won’t feel embattled because you’ll exchange ideas with liberals and others in a more intellectually diverse setting. You’ll probably end up doing more good.”
Sure. Look at all the “good” D’Nesh and his once-upon-a-time-intended Laura Ingraham did at Dartmouth.
Ah yes. See where this was all heading folks? In the immortal words of W.C. Fields, Brooksie was just “fooling and pretending.” But with a special kick. After all, what’s he doing other than giving this “Liberal Establishment” the finger? “Keep your little tenure track positions, Losers! I’m off to the Heritage Foundation! I’ve got Paul Wolfowitz on speed-dial!”
And who can blame him for aning to crow? After all the “adults are in charge” now, and we can see all the wonders they’ve wrought at home and abroad. College Liberals got you down Conservakiddies? Just stay in the closet and like they do in the grand finale of Good News –
“Down on your heels,
Up on your toes,
Stay after school,
learn how it goes.”.