If the Post is so concerned about the fitness of McDonnell for governor because of what he wrote in a single thesis, why hasn't it been similarly aggressive in rooting out Barack Obama's records from Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard? And does anyone -- especially McDonnell's opponent -- want to run on a pro-fornication platform? Even President Obama has said he wants to reduce the number of abortions in America. And who thinks parents spend too much time with their children?
Here is the way I believe it works at liberal universities. Some professors require their students to repeat back to them on test papers and in theses what the professors believe. Unless students hate Republicans, revile George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, renounce God, support abortion and gay rights, they can sometimes expect a lower, even a failing grade. When my wife studied for her master's degree in counseling, she felt pressured to repeat her professors' beliefs instead of stating her own. A friend with a Ph.D. told her, "Write what they want and get the degree. Then you can counsel the way you like." This is academic freedom? It sounds like indoctrination. Why is it OK at liberal universities to tell professors what they want to hear, but not OK at conservative ones to do the same?
The Left is worried not only about the Virginia governor's race, but also the contest in New Jersey, where incumbent Governor Jon Corzine is 10 points behind Republican challenger Chris Christie, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't up for re-election until next year, but he already trails his likely opponent, Danny Tarkanian, by 11 points.
For growing numbers of people, the elections in Virginia and New Jersey can't come quickly enough and November 2010 is a date being circled in red on many calendars.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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