Two small items in the New York Times from the Democratic Convention caught my eye. The first was that Rahm Emanuel, the Mayor of Chicago, is now leading a Democratic SuperPac, one of those new types of fund-raising organizations, trying to pry big dollars loose from liberal donors. Some of these donors have refrained out of principled opposition to SuperPacs. Others have more personal reasons. For example, George Soros has taken a pass because he could not get face time with President Obama. So it will be a tough sell.
I again asked students in my American Political Parties class at Columbia College if President Obama’s acceptance speech was a success and if it changed their minds about him. Of the six who sought the bonus points, four went in supporting Obama and none changed their minds. Most comments were about the emotional power of the speech and how good a public speaker he is. The criticisms were of the lack of specifics. One was very positive despite her feeling that he had made little progress on his promises from four years ago.
Okay. What’s the deal with Clint Eastwood at the Republican Convention? Dirty Harry said, at the end of one of those movies: “A man’s got know his limitations.” Eastwood should have taken Dirty Harry’s advice. What were the Republicans thinking?
The contemporary history of U.S. Senate elections in Missouri is fascinating. It is filled with twists and turns, tragedy and farce. It is extraordinary how rich its arc is and how fabulous the alternative histories that emerge from it are.
Columbia College administrators, trustees, students and staff break ground for a $14 million science building Thursday, May 3. The facility will consolidate scattered science classes and provide research space. It is slated for completion by Fall 2013.
This week, Columbia College broke ground on a new science building. MU’s Confucius Institute is partnering with a program in the North Callaway school district. Plus, we’ll take you along with a trip through the ‘Mizzou Adventures in Education’ event.