Not everyone can get into Princeton, but almost everyone can afford a movie ticket and even Paul Manafort can still access YouTube.
Conservatives have spent the summer of Kanye’s MAGA hat using PragerU videos and Dinesh D’Souza’s latest “0% on Rotten Tomatoes” endeavor to make the case that it’s just a huge coincidence that Republicans are closing 7 of 9 voting places in majority-Black Randolf County, Georgia right now. This is happening at the same time a Democrat is running to be the nation’s first Black woman governor. So we wanted to talk to someone who isn’t buying it, someone with a PhD.
Kevin M. Kruse is a Professor of History at Princeton University and author of numerous books including One Nation Under God and White Flight. And he’s spent a fair amount of his summer debunking conservative myths that simultaneously argue that Democrats get too much credit for civil rights and Robert E. Lee gets too much blame for leading an army that killed hundreds of thousands of Union soldiers.
Kruse is no partisan. He has plenty of complaints about the Democratic party but so do most Democrats.
On Twitter he’s generally focused making the case for accuracy whether he’s discussing Supreme Court nominations in presidential years, the parallels between today and the rise of the second Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s or the parties’ switch when it came to civil rights.
We wanted to talk to Professor Kruse because you pretty much can’t use Twitter without wishing you could step into his office hours. But we also wanted to make the case, as William Faulkner said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
Kevin M. Kruse on Twitter: @KevinMKruse
Kevin M. Kruse’s website: KevinMKruse.com
The Good– People are starting to “get it” about education
Dan Kaufman at The New Yorker: Why Education May Be the Issue That Breaks Republicans’ Decade-Long
Mitchell Robinson at Eclectablog: Please stop with the “heartwarming” teacher stories: this is no way to treat professionals
The Bad — We’ve never seen anything like what Trump is pulling off in front of our eyes. Democratic campaign after Democratic campaign is being hacked.
Joel Schectman & Christopher Bing at Reuters: FBI probing cyber attack on congressional campaign in California – sources
The Shrugly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ — What to focus on when Trump is throwing chaff to distract us?
Quinta Jurecic at The New York Times: What to Care About When Everything Is Terrible
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