Oct 2, 2008
Cleary University continues to bring in rightwing tools in the name of diversity
Cleary University continues to ignore the stated mission of the Economic Club Speakers Luncheon Series with the appearance of one more rightwing tool: this time Clinton hater Dick Morris.
The stated mission of the series is to “enrich the Livingston County community by hosting speakers who can share a broad spectrum of social, political, intellectual and cultural experiences.” But the last two years the choices have narrowed to the hard right. That came to a head with the appearance last year by the queen of hate, Ann Coulter.
Despite pleas by community groups to cancel her appearance and even a resignation from a member of the board of directors, Cleary refused to cancel her appearance. For good measure, they also had an appearance from anti-Muslim hatemonger Steve Emerson.
This is the fifth year for the series, and in the past they invited people who actually had something to do with business, like Florine Mark, Wally Amos and other entrepreneurs and business people. Coulter is the first strictly political person ever invited, and it’s not by chance.
Cleary’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations that booked the speakers for the last two years is the wife of the chairman of the Livingston County Republican Party.
A cynical person could easily reach the conclusion that the timing of this year’s guests coincide with the Democratic primary. In the spring when Sens. Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton were locked in a tight battle, African-American Republican Larry Elder was the speaker. Now, Monday’s appearance of Morris is just a month away from the General Election when many people, especially Morris, thought Clinton would be the Democratic Presidential nominee.
Morris - or as my favorite radio host Stephanie Miller calls him, "Prostitute Toe Sucker" Dick Morris - was fired from the Clinton camping after his relationship with posture Sherry Rowlands was revealed. He landed at Faux News where he can be seen every night on Faux as a pundit.
Of course, he is awful as a pundit, and he has never been right about anything. But, he has the best qualification for Faux: he has an intense hatred for the Clintons. In fact, he has made a career of that.
Even a broken watch is right twice a day, but Morris has a worse record. Among his famous predictions is that Hillary Clinton would be the Presidential nominee. He also said Rick Lazio would defeat Hillary Clinton for New York Senate the day before the election, and before that he said Hilary would not run for the Senate at all. In 1998, he predicted the Democrats "will absolutely be obliterated" in the midterm elections,: but they gained seats.
But Morris has that qualification he needs to be a pundit on Faux and to speak at Cleary: He hates the Clintons.