Generation Chickenhawk

College Republicans take a page from their icons' books

| July 21, 2005


With any social or political movement, hope lies with future generations. For conservatives, this hope is realized in the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). While attending the group's convention in June, Max Blumenthal witnessed the indoctrination of young co-eds soaking up speeches by neocon stars like House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, anti-tax guru Grover Norquist, and outspoken conservative pundit David Horowitz.

From Blumenthal's account, it seems the hypocrisy of today's neoconservative leaders is being emulated by the CRNC kids. For instance, support for the Iraq war is strong among the Republican acolytes, but few want to actually go to war themselves. Most feel that their mission is to convince Americans at home to support the war. Or, as one College Republican told Blumenthal, 'I'm not putting my ass on the line because I had the opportunity to go to the number-one business school in the country ... and I wasn't going to pass that up.'

Support for America's 'preemptive' strike on Iraq isn't the only issue College Republicans are taking notes on; some seem to have taken a DeLay ethics course or a Karl Rove campaigning class. In 2004, CRNC front-runner Paul Gourley allegedly engaged in fundraising that swindled elderly Republicans. His opponent for this year's election, California College Republicans Secretary Mike Davidson, backed a 1950s style 'Horowitz-inspired redbaiting operation,' in which fliers were posted on the doors of those professors at Santa Rosa Junior College deemed communist sympathizers. After the votes were cast, Davidson, who was endorsed by Ann Coulter, lost to Gourley by six votes and claimed the election was rigged.
-- Barb Jacobs

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