McCain booed at New School

posted at 2:46 pm on May 20, 2006 by Allahpundit

Five and a half years in the Hanoi Hilton and the narcissistic little turdlets can’t sit still for fifteen minutes and politely hear him out. It’s brilliant politics, though: he reeks on immigration, he’s a First Amendment nightmare, and then I read a story about dKos hatchlings jeering him and I’m instantly in his corner. Rich Lowry and Richard Baehr give props.

The Times naturally quotes one line from McCain’s speech while devoting seven paragraphs to the student speaker who’s pissed that we haven’t invaded Pakistan yet to get Bin Laden. Note the final line, in which Bob Kerrey congratulates the crowd for not being even bigger jackasses than they were.

Lowry’s account at NRO is much better. As close as you can get to masturbation without hand lotion and Kleenex:

He eventually enters into a Bushian rift: “All people share the desire to be free”; “human rights are above the state and beyond history”; we are “insisting that all people have the right to be free.” Someone shouts: “We’re graduating, not voting!” Lots of derisive shouts and laughter and applause.

As McCain continues with a personal story, a student shouts: “It’s about my life, not yours.” McCain: “When I was a young man, I thought glory was the highest value…” Groans from the students. “It’s not about you!” “Sit down!”

Emphasis added. And one more quote, from the Nation via the Political Pitbull:

Remarks such as “I supported the decision to go to war in Iraq,” were met with loud boos.

“I stand that ground because I believed, rightly or wrongly, that my country’s interests and values required it.”

“Wrongly!” one student boomed from the back. Sitting directly behind us, Maureen Dowd and Adam Nagourney of the New York Times, chuckled.

Of course they did.

Don’t be too hard on the kids, though. They can’t help it.

Update: Ace floats a thesis.

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Actually, I imagine that Osama would have been welcomed as a speaker more than any conservative, or in McCain’s case, pseudo-conservative.

It’s always so nice to see that famed liberal tolerance, diversity, compassion, open-mindedness, and multiculturalism at work!

Paul Atreides on May 20, 2006 at 3:35 PM

Er, I disagree.

Allahpundit on May 20, 2006 at 3:46 PM

“We’re graduating, not voting!”

See, that’s a protest I’d endorse for the thousands of liberals, like Jodie Foster, who ruin commencements every year by giving political speeches. Too bad the rule only applies to conservatives and their sometime collaborators like McCain.

I’d love to see how Maureen Dowd’s neurons work when she thinks about conservatives.

Alex K on May 20, 2006 at 4:04 PM

Ignore them.

One thing I’ve learned from life is this. Don’t argue with drunkards and fools.

WC on May 20, 2006 at 4:17 PM

Y’all better get ready. McCain thinks he is going to be our nominee against Hitlery Clinton!

I think he will LOSE to her, too. No conservative wants to vote for him and few Dems will cross over for him by the time of the election.

Not only that but he is a Senator. Senators NEVER win the White House!

Much as I dislike Guliani’s social liberalism, I think he is the only one that can beat Hitlery. And we can keep our thumb on the Congress to be sure not to pass any socially liberal policies.

But, if Hitlery wins we are all screwed. The country will go into a tailspn after that Marxist gets hold of it!

Warner Todd Huston on May 20, 2006 at 4:55 PM

Missing here and left unsaid is what is REALLY dangerous! Most people attribute (and excuse) these students’ asinine outbursts to being brow-beaten by liberal-left professors. NOT!

More serious is their liberal-left upbringing — by liberal-left parents left over from the John Kerry protest days of Vietnam. These kids echo what they are taught at HOME! College is merely a public forum for them to unleash on the normal segment of society their inbred insanity.

While I do not think McCain is but a liberal in republican clothing, he at least deserves our respect for what he endured defending his beliefs and his country.

These infantile examples of ‘students’ deserve our scorn and contempt!

ForYourEdification on May 20, 2006 at 4:56 PM

Liberalism, and liberalistic attitudes and processes that permeate our public learning institutions are exactly what fosters encouragable children and young adults to act out in this way. They have ZERO respect for God, ZERO respect for Country, and little or no respect even for their own familes. Steeped in liberalism and feelgoodism their whole lives, they have become gutless human debris, selfish and self centered, unreliable and untrustworthy, virtually worthless as employees, let alone as upstanding United States citizens. If they don’t respect God, they will ultimately respect nothing else, and their lives will mirror their Godlessness.

Some of them will find reality and be forced to straighten up and fly right when they find their way into the military, others will coast along throughout life as bar patrons and job hoppers, never amounting to anything worth talking about.

The good news is that for the most part, they are too self indulging to take out time to do anything responsible like voting. Because if they did, they would all be voting for whoever they thought would take away from someone else to give to them, meaning liberal Democrats. It also makes it fairly easy for businesses to weed out the loud mouths from the students who actually applied themselves and are on the road to their careers, it doesn’t take long for a human resources person to discover in the interview whether they are there for the company, or for themselves, and what sort of employee they will make.

Like the last Vent noted, they are in the REAL world now.

NRA4Freedom on May 20, 2006 at 5:00 PM

As much as I detest John McCain, I detest these “students” even more.

What is it about their obviously underdeveloped minds, that they feel that they have a greater degree of insight to the situation in Iraq, then those who are over there and actually serving?

The answer is the very same answer that comes up every time the subject of a leftist comes up; EGO.

Bithead on May 20, 2006 at 6:03 PM

If senators NEVER win the white house, does that mean Hillary can pack it in?

clyde on May 20, 2006 at 6:04 PM

The most amazing comment of all is when it was reported that Maureen Dowd was sitting next to a MAN. Wow. Wonder if he was the date she has been looking for over all these years. Wonder if she paid for dinner, or split it with him. That way she wouldn’t be “obligated” to him for dessert. God. Maureen Dowd for dessert. Jeez. I think I’d pass and go straight for coffee.

clyde on May 20, 2006 at 6:06 PM

I wonder how many Taliban are enrolled for the Fall semester?

Hening on May 20, 2006 at 6:20 PM

Immigration and free speech. Nothing moe need be said. Elitist Maximus.

pat on May 20, 2006 at 7:06 PM

What it is , is parents now days teach their children no values. First off booing anyone is rude and wrong,regardless of who the person they are booing is. But if your a Lib it’s A-ok to be disrespectful. Sad ..just look around and see the values these kids get nowdays. Heck parents give them cell phones so they feel better about NOT watching them. Shame of each and every one of those parents of those students.

SugarnSpice on May 20, 2006 at 7:11 PM

These grads do not know better. Look at who teaches these children. Academia in this country has gone to hell.

Wade on May 20, 2006 at 7:56 PM

SugarnSpice, I agree with you. It’s not just that they heckle conservatives, it’s their total lack of manners. I never would have done that to anyone, simply out of respect for them as another person.

It’s sad that these are the people who call the 80s the ‘Me’ decade. They are far more self-centered than anyone in the 80s were.

Jezla on May 20, 2006 at 8:12 PM

You would be surprised at how many conservative teens are nurtured and by those liberal institutions. Where do you think Bush got his 61 million votes from?

McCain could be booed by those conservative teens( or closet conservatives)!


easy87us on May 20, 2006 at 9:06 PM

I doubt any of those children that were railing against Senator McCain will highlight their action on their resume.

gary on May 21, 2006 at 5:58 AM

While it may be true that McCain needs a good tongue-lashing, this was not the place for it.

….Let’s act like adults, folks!!


VonHelton on May 21, 2006 at 7:47 AM

Obviously McCain’s days as the darling of the left are about over. Ultimately even a RINO is too conservative and thus fair game for catcalls and disrespect from the snotnosed little leftists our universities are so skilled at producing.

The left’s claim to exemplifying attitudes of tolerance and sensitivity is about as accurate as calling Islam the religion of peace.

right as rain man on May 21, 2006 at 8:04 AM

Think back to those students of the 60’s, they are now teaching in our universities, so these students behavior is kinda like deja vu.

On another note, they are out of school and no longer sheltered. Welcome to the real world! What happens when they work for a company, they disagree with the higher ups? Are they going to protest with signs? Shout profanity? Picket their boss’s home? Hopefully, they won’t end-up teaching.

moonsbreath on May 21, 2006 at 9:49 AM

The line by the young postmodern, educated (uneducated) young liberal–“It’s about my life, not yours!”–cracks me up. He has summed up what liberalism has always been about: selfish narcissism. These uneducated young punks flock to liberalism because it makes THEM feel important, educated, aristocratic, generous, and they want everyone else to think that of them as well. If liberalism actually hurts the people it is intended to help, who cares? because it is “about my life, not yours!”

BTW, this should be a wake-up call to conservatives willing to vote for McCain because they think he is electable since the MSM likes him. As soon as challenges a liberal for the White House and he is no longer useful as a “moderate” critic of Bush and/or conservatives, the MSM will turn against him as fast as they did Howard Dean.

januarius on May 21, 2006 at 10:11 AM

Heh, this will be one of the only times I support McCain.

Tom Shakely on May 21, 2006 at 1:34 PM

When I hear this stuff, I think of John Wayne at Harvard. Kids will shape up in that situation in response to strong leadership skills. After watching McCain on immigration, I understand the kids.

Greg McCann on May 22, 2006 at 10:06 AM