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Got an e-mail about Purdue University from CampusReform.org, which does profiles of university political leanings. Purdue, the group says, has 15 liberal student groups and eight conservative groups. It invited Bill Ayers to be a distinguished guest speaker. In the 2008 election, its professors gave 85 percent of their political donations to Democratic candidates and just 15 percent to Republicans.

The research shows liberal political bias at Purdue University based on the school's faculty, student organizations, and administrative policies.

No, say it ain't so! An American University with a liberal bias? Right here in Indiana? I have of course heard reports of such things, but took them to be just wild rumors spread by righwing religious wacko zealots who keep their guns locked and loaded in case they run across any suspicious-looking foreigners. Pour me a bilermaker and call me


Mon, 08/16/2010 - 1:15pm

I don't have any idea whether it would make a difference, but looking at 2000 and 2004 donations would probably give you a better idea; the electorate was more divided generally. In 2008, McCain/Palin lost pretty handily and the Congressional Republicans fared pretty poorly as well.

Bob G.
Mon, 08/16/2010 - 1:38pm

Guess all those Democratic contributions were working pretty darn well when those universities created ALL those marvelously HUGE "restricted speech" zones.
(that are being challenged and taken down across the nation)


NO liberal bias there.


tim zank
Mon, 08/16/2010 - 4:10pm

Doug, I would bet the percentages represented are pretty much the same for 2008 as they were in 1968. If memory serves, Academia took it's sharp hairpin left turn in the early 60's and never looked back.

Lewis Allen
Mon, 08/16/2010 - 10:20pm

I don't think this is very surprising, given that conservatives generally dislike public funding of anything. Why would believers in public universities support those who would privatize everything?

tim zank
Tue, 08/17/2010 - 9:25am

Lewis, that's ridiculous. We don't oppose all public funding, only stoooopid and wasteful public funding.

Andrew J.
Tue, 08/17/2010 - 11:28am

So which public funding do conservatives support? And paying to deliver the mail, maintaining an Army and financing the every-decades census doesn't count.

tim zank
Tue, 08/17/2010 - 4:42pm

AJ, as a conservative I'm rather fond of public funding for police, fire, infrastructure, etc while opposed to publically funded stuff like cheese, abortions, house payments, and the like.

Not exactly rocket science.

Andrew J.
Tue, 08/17/2010 - 6:17pm

Who in his right mind believes society shouldn't pay for police and fire protection, in one form or another (new communities in Arizona, for example, pay for private fire protection). But let's go out on a limb here. What do conservatives support as far as public funding? I suspect you mention you opposed cheese (because you have a job and can buy your own), abortions (moral reasons or you practice birth control) and house payments (you sell real estate, don't see why you wouldn't support it for your business, but oh well.) You don't support those because they don't benefit you; you don't need them. Self-interest is what drives representative government. So what is in your interest you, or conservatives, would support public funding of? Space program? Oh, that's rocket science. Guess if government doesn't do it, private sector won't either. Not a way to stay up on the technological times. When does the self-interest of pay-your-own-way conservatives served by public financing? Sure hope you support public schools.

Lewis Allen
Tue, 08/17/2010 - 6:25pm

OK, TZ, then let me posit another argument: Professors are liberal because they're smarter.

tim zank
Tue, 08/17/2010 - 7:22pm

Lewis, you crack me up. One can easily dispell that argument by sizing up the former professor currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. heh..heh..heh

I also recall having a lot of professors that were morons as well.

Lewis Allen
Wed, 08/18/2010 - 8:27pm

Yeah, TZ, you're right. I was just trying to throw a little fuel on the fire. Of course, I don't really believe that. Just a bit of tongue-and-cheek, if you will. Hard to get across without emoticons, which I'm loathe to use.