The Democrats have developed a new underhanded strategy for fighting their political battles that’s actually very old. It goes like this: If a position that you back, either overtly or tacitly, loses the support of the voting public, you don’t just deny having ever embraced it. Instead, you claim that it originated with Republicans.
We saw this with regard to the defund the police movement, which began as cries and signs carried by protesters in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd. The Democrat-run city council was so taken with the rightness of the idea that it passed legislation that would strip the department of funding. Just yesterday, another city, Chicago, announced it would be sending psychiatric social workers on 911 calls instead of police. In Washington, D.C. the “Squad” and other members of Congress became proponents of the movement as well.
But as enthusiasm for the half-backed idea dwindled, the party began to fear that support for it could damage their brand in next year’s midterm election, So last the White House mounted a counteroffensive, claiming that Republicans were the ones tying to defund the police.
And now we are seeing a new manifestation of the strategy playing out on college campuses. It has long been established that college faculties lean heavily Left. A study cited by the Washington Post in 2016 found that “students at America’s top universities are nearly 12 times more likely to have a liberal professor than a conservative one in the classroom.”
But now some voices in academia who make the case that this tendency discriminates against conservative-minded students are beginning to be heard. So how is the Left fighting back? By claiming the situation on college campuses is the opposite of the one being portrayed. Campus reform cites two examples:
A University of Massachusetts professor recently wrote that “the right’s dominance of academia and its reign over universities is destroying higher education.”
One College of Charleston professor wrote that “conservatives are in charge of public higher education.”
Will this childish blame game work? Stay tuned.