(Daily Caller)- The usually impressive Inside Higher Ed today runs an unusually insipid piece about the Organization of American Historians’ annual meeting. In addition to panels like Footnotes: Pros and Cons, Why We Are Still Relevant, and Should Dogs Be Allowed in the Office?, there was apparently a delightful rant session on reinterpreting the New Deal:
The idea that New Deal history offers a very specific set of lessons for our own time came up again during the Q&A period, when one attendee – Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, a historian with the NASA Johnson Space Center who also works as an adjunct instructor for the University of Maryland University College – asked the panelists about how to handle “students who are attracted to the arguments of the teabaggers.”
“Basically I try to present facts,” McElvaine said. Still, he acknowledged, “to some people, facts are irrelevant.”
So, kudos to the very professional Jennifer Ross-Nazzal for using a slur at an academic convention–this is 2010 and it would have been obnoxiously prudish and uptight of her to say “Tea Party movement” instead of “teabaggers”–and double kudos to McElvaine for providing his fact-hating students with the incentive to spit their gum in his open grade book and then slam it shut next time he turns around to snort another line of John Kenneth Galbraith’s dried blood!