Professor at public university: ‘Terrifying similarities between Scott Walker and Hitler’

My grandfather told me that Sara Goldrick-Rab is an idiot. He didn’t really, but it doesn’t matter because he wasn’t a “psychoanalyst with decades of experience” like Goldrick-Rab’s grandpa, so his opinion doesn’t count anyway.

Goldrick-Rab, in case your curiosity is piqued, is a professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She recently generated a little self-directed buzz for this tweet, first noticed by the College Fix:

If Goldrick-Rab was going to make such an incendiary charge, it might have behooved her to select a medium that isn’t constrained by an upward limit of 140 characters. It would be interesting to learn more about the many terrifying similarities she (correction: her grandfather) finds between der Führer and the governor of Wisconsin, though this Al Jazeera America story might hold some answers.

It also might have occurred to Goldrick-Rab as someone with the status of full professor at an accredited university to present her ideas in a fashion that doesn’t evoke an image of her sitting on her grandfather’s knee while he explains the world to her. In an email to the College Fix defending her tweet, she wrote:

If you reread the tweet, you will see that I stated that an expert in the field – a psychoanalyst with decades of experience – compared the ‘psychological characteristics’ of the two individuals, and that I was struck by his analysis. There do appear to be commonalities.

Her grandfather isn’t the only authority she cites. She also tweeted this:


As for the claim that Walker and Hitler are terrifyingly similar, I did a little digging, and all I was able to come up with was evidence of an ever-so-slight physical resemblance:

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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