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…and they give up the game

My attention is called to this post at the Little Green Blog, a blog written by Dartmouth leftists including Andrew Seal, the editor-in-chief of the liberal Dartmouth Free Press. Andrew recently joined with Dartmouth Review editor-in-chief Dan Linsalata to oppose the Alumni Governance Task Force’s proposed constitution.

Seal dispenses again his reasons for opposing the constitution, but the anonymous comments section is where it gets interesting. Someone writes:

Seal,
I don’t think you understand the concept of pragmatism. This constitution, I believe, will help keep cons[ervatives] out of power and help the fairly liberal establishment currently governing Dartmouth—the one slipping and losing ground to the cons by the day—in power. Opposing the constitution will open the door to the cons. (Notice it’s mostly cons who oppose it: not a coincidence.) This would be an unacceptable tactical loss for liberals…
Andrew Seal replies:
I’m going to guess that was a posting by a sarcastic conservative.
And the commenter comes back with:
Actually, Andrew, you have probably guessed wrong. That is not surprising as you are also missing the real threat of not passing the proposed constitution because the current situation under which we exist is not a level playing field at all.
The significance? Not much. Covering this debate so long, I have come to understand that a significant percentage of the anti-petition crew couches all Dartmouth politics in the national scene—as liberal versus conservative. This is unfortunate, but only for them. As much as some folks would prefer to squeeze their friends into a knee-jerk political vote in favor of the constitution, the unavoidable fact is that the electorate is composed of Dartmouth alumni. That means they’ll sit down for five minutes and understand both sides’ arguments. And when the principal argument in favor of ratification is “please?” I can’t imagine they’ll be too impressed. And even if they are, well, the incessant rigamarole of procedural dirty tricks have made ill intentions plain as day.

UPDATE: A reader writes:

So here’s the question—what ever happened to the idea of lifting the speech restrictions on campaigning? John Walters said after the election that he was going to advocate a move in that direction. Jim Wright has said that he too thinks the Executive Committee should get out of the business of rationing and regulating speech.

And doesn’t the entire argument of “Anonymous” collapse once you fix that one stupid rule?

It does, and the shadowy speech restrictions during trustee races is one very clear problem that the AGTF could have remedied with one sentence. Instead, their document gives the power to censor to yet another committee.

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