Funny business at Allegheny College
The officials in charge at Allegheny College appear to be hard at work showing us that academia doesn’t have to be dry, tedious and dare we say, boring? In awarding civility prizes to Joe Biden and John McCain, they broadly display their own sense of humor.
Arizonans know McCain as much for his salty tongue, insults, vindictiveness and vicious slurs — even his heiress wife is not immune — as for his liberal bent, colluding with Democrats against the interests of the majority of citizens in his own state. Civility has never been his strong suit, a fact even more evident as he uses out-of-state PAC donors to lie about his GOP senate opponent, Dr. Kelli Ward.
Biden’s insulting gaffes would seem to take him out of the running, as well.
Yet the college‘s website quotes President James H. Mullen, Jr. calling the duo “two political giants – one from the left and one from the right – [who] regard civility to be a fundamental obligation of leadership in our democracy. And they have aspired mightily to honor that obligation – throughout their careers, and even in the cauldron of presidential politics.”
We would further add, they are both from the left, which is why McCain has been censured by elected Republican leaders in Arizona.
“Ask anyone who has sat across a table from Joe Biden or John McCain and they’ll tell you the same thing – that these are men of principle who hold strong to their beliefs and will argue passionately in defense of their positions. But they also understand that one need not demonize their opposition in order to effectively govern,” according to Gov. Tom Ridge.
A couple of thousand miles away, former Gov. Ridge hasn’t been exposed to the demonizing mailers and televised campaign ads John McCain is using against physician and former state senator, Dr. Kelli Ward. We wonder, however, if such information would have made a difference, since the civility award appears to be cooked up to coincide with a tough race for the 80-year-old McCain — first elected in 1982 and arrogantly running for another 6-year term.