Friday, April 08, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

A little trivia note:

Brian Darling, an aide to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL), who was outed as the author of the memo suggesting that Republicans use the Terri Schiavo tragedy for political gain, specifically against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in 2006, went to the University of Massachusetts.

Darling, who resigned April 6, has worked for the Alexander Strategy Group, a Washington-based lobbying firm with connections to embattled Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX). Among the former DeLay aides who are or were employees of Alexander Strategy Group was Tony Rudy.

Rudy, like Darling, was from the Class of 1989 at UMass (Darling, as I learned from Andrew Sullivan's website, apparently graduated from Salem State (MA) University in 1990).

I once knew them well, because I also went to UMass.


I knew Darling, Rudy, and their two conservative cohorts, W. Greg Rothman and W. Matthew Whiting, quite well. That foursome successfully filibustered UMass' student government for an entire school year, all to prevent the election of co-presidents, one of whom openly aligned himself with the U.S. Communist Party. (The official reason: the student government constitution didn't explicitly allow for co-presidents, a technically legal argument, but clearly they had other motives.) They also ran a derivative of the famed conservative college newspaper, The Dartmouth Review. Their version was known as The Minuteman.

Frankly, I was friendly with Darling way back when. We used to play wicked games of Cyberball in the Campus Center arcade. Rudy I knew more on a professional level -- he was a student government representative, and I was an editor with the Massachusetts Daily Collegian.

Nice to see they've both moved on to, um, bigger and better things ...


Things might have been more innocent in those days. I remember arguing with Brian, Tony, and the Ws about all things Reagan -- gosh, I'm getting old -- but basically, I remember them as being fun, smart guys.

But still, looking back on the one huge filibuster, you can see the raw technique employed by many of our conservative leaders today. Isn't one of the main criticisms of Bushspeak that they say things that are technically correct, but incredibly misleading?


Blogger Michael Tedesco said...

Be careful, as soon as Michelle Malkin gets a hold of this info she will blame the whole thing on Massachusetts Liberals. [crossposted from this discussion]

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you've struck liberal gold here my man. Excellent work and keep unearthing these gems.

1:16 PM  

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