… the slightly (to put it kindly) unhinged Obama basher of the moment, John Drew.  (If you don’t believe him, you can even see his Williams ID … and be sure to check out who, unsurprisingly, tracked him down in the blog comments … actually, I’m surprised that he and David weren’t buddies during their mutual tenure at Williams).  Drew has achieved some minor notoriety in the extreme right-wing blogosphere via his claim that President Obama expressed … gasp … Marxist sympathies late one evening when Obama was a college sophomore.  Awww, snap!  What is his claim based on?  An unverifiable description of a single conversation that Drew purportedly had with a teenaged Obama, some 30 years ago.  I can certainly recall, with precise clarity, every conversation I had during chance meetings with strangers in the Perry keg line.

This guy’s blog and twitter feed read like they were written by Colbert staffers as a right-wing parody:

  • self infatuation? Check … “My own credentials, by the way, were somewhat spectacular since I was the winner of the William Anderson Award from the American Political Science Association in 1989” [yes, certainly “spectacular” to have published, apparently, a total of zero scholarly works other than various versions of a thesis written while in graduate school, and to hold down a series of part-time jobs at esteemed institutions like the University of Phoenix … this guy’s resume makes Bernard Moore look like James MacGregor Burns]
  • paranoid belief that any and all personal failure is explainable by the pernicious effects of affirmative action (including a demand for “reparations” because he was born white)?  Check.
  • religious-style “conversion” from the evils of Marxism to the righteous ways of Conservatism?  Check.
  • distaste for Obama’s perceived meterosexuality and attempt to link any critique of Obama, no matter how attenuated (or nonexistent) the connection, to Tony Rezko or Jeremiah Wright?  Check.

Only a matter of time before this guy is doing the rounds with Hannity, Beck, O’Reilly, Coulter, Palin, and the rest of the hate-Obama brigade … I love, in particular, that Drew states that he is an “award winning” political scientist who taught at a few of our nation’s “formerly prestigious institutions.”  I can only assume that he considers Williams to be “formerly” prestigious, unlike his more recent employers, like Hope International (the seventh best Christian business school in the country!) and UoP.

UPDATE: ID photo added by DK, along with material below.

(Found via the this New York Times comment thread about Martha Coakley’s election loss.)

John Drew writes:

Republican Scott Brown’s victory in MA is especially gratifying to me because I was once a resident of Massachusetts and active in Republican party politics.

As you may know, I was a young assistant professor at Williams College in MA between 1986 and 1989. While I was there, Williams College had the reputation of being the number one liberal arts college in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.

As a young assistant professor, I was only one of three registered Republicans on the faculty. While I was there, I was friendly with two of the Marxist socialist professors who shaped the early intellectual life of Barack Obama while he was at Occidental College in Los Angeles – Professors Roger Boesche and Carlos Egan. I had known both Boesche and Egan when they were political science professors at Occidental College, my undergraduate institution.

Personally, I witnessed the damage caused by affirmative action face-to-face as objectively more qualified white faculty candidates were discriminated against in favor of African-Americans without comparable publication or research records. I complained about this injustice at the time…stressing the idea that affirmative action took away the honor of being a Williams College professor.

My own credentials, by the way, were somewhat spectacular since I was the winner of the William Anderson Award from the American Political Science Association in 1989. See, http://www.apsanet.org/content_4121.cfm

All in all, I’m so pleased to see Scott Brown elected as MA’s next U.S. Senator. If the Democrat party liberals who ran Williams College had been more kind to me, then they might have had someone on the faculty who could have predicted the forces which lead to Brown’s upset victory over Martha Coakley. Instead, it looks like liberal Democrats in Massachusetts (and elsewhere) were shocked and surprised by this result. It’s sad that being the right sex, color and political ideology is now so much more important to college administrators and faculty than being able to explain and predict the political future…

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