UVA Must Fire Woke Democrat Larry Sabato

 

I know Larry Sabato. Make that; I thought that I knew Larry Sabato.

A few years ago, and I can’t remember the occasion, long having deleted my personal Twitter account, I suggested on that social medium that he was less than fair in his analysis of a particular political campaign. I mentioned that he once worked for Virginia’s (then) most liberal governor, Democrat Henry Howell (who was right about Dominion Energy, by the way).

He took great umbrage, and we would civilize things by basically agreeing to disagree.

My, how things change.

Sabato, 69, established and still directs the Center for Politics at the Univerisity of Virginia, the Commonwealth’s leading publicly-funded university and a nationally-ranked school. Both UVA and Sabato’s Center for Politics is a rousing success, by any standards. Except that since Donald Trump’s election, Sabato has exhibited all the advanced stages of not only Trump Derangement Syndrome but wokeness. Proof:

I am personally delighted that neither of my children studied under Sabato. Their schools (Bucknell, Elon) have their issues, but nothing like this. And nothing I say detrimental of Sabato should reflect on the otherwise excellent team assembled at the Center for Politics, including Kyle Kondick, who by all measures lives up to Sabato’s original mission.

The question for me is, why is the deeply partisan and highly woke Larry Sabato still officially connected to the very public and supposedly non-partisan University of Virginia?

I can’t find any policies on the internet regarding the regulation of partisan political activities of professors and employees at the University of Virginia. And while state employees should, of course, be allowed to express their political viewpoints personally and support the candidates of their choice, they should NOT be allowed to use public resources or their affiliation with the University of Virginia to express views in support of or opposition to, or to characterize supporters of candidates in a derogatory way. You know, like suggesting they are racist crackers.

If Larry Sabato had integrity, he would resign. Since his massive ego doesn’t allow him, he should be fired. Perhaps future Governor Glenn Youngkin will appoint UVA regents who will arrange that. It is long overdue.

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  1. Randy Webster Member
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    Kelly D Johnston: You know, like suggesting they are racist crackers.

    I thought you had to be Georgian to be a cracker.

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  2. Arahant Member
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    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Kelly D Johnston: You know, like suggesting they are racist crackers.

    I thought you had to be Georgian to be a cracker.

    Or Floridian.

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  3. MiMac Thatcher
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    You shouldn’t fire him for supporting a candidate-that is a wokester move. Besides-he made a fool of himself claiming Republicans always use racial dogwhistles when in trouble just as the Democrats were trying the false flag operation with the tiki torches in Charlottesville (while the Lincoln Project tried to take credit the people in the photo have been credibly identified as paid Democratic Party staffers). It was clearly an attempt by the Democrats to race bait-and they and Sabato have egg all over their faces.

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  4. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    A simple text search (“critical race theory”) on the Virginia Department of Education website yielded two state-level documents promoting Critical Race Theory, and an Arlington Public Schools document from 2009.

     

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  5. kedavis Inactive
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    A simple text search (“critical race theory”) on the Virginia Department of Education website yielded two state-level documents promoting Critical Race Theory, and an Arlington Public Schools document from 2009.

     

    Well they hadn’t gotten around to “scrubbing” it yet.

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  6. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    I’ll never buy another pillow from this guy…

     

     

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  7. kedavis Inactive
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    CACrabtree (View Comment):

    I’ll never buy another pillow from this guy…

     

    Larry Sabato sells pillows?

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  8. Arahant Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    CACrabtree (View Comment):

    I’ll never buy another pillow from this guy…

    Larry Sabato sells pillows?

    Joke.

    They do resemble each other.

     

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  9. kedavis Inactive
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    Oh.

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  10. CACrabtree Coolidge
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    CACrabtree (View Comment):

    I’ll never buy another pillow from this guy…

    Larry Sabato sells pillows?

    Joke.

    They do resemble each other.

     

    Thanks Arahant; I was afraid no one would pick up on it.

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  11. Arahant Member
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    CACrabtree (View Comment):
    Thanks Arahant; I was afraid no one would pick up on it.

    I’m surprised that I hadn’t before. Good eye.

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  12. kedavis Inactive
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    MiMac (View Comment):

    You shouldn’t fire him for supporting a candidate-that is a wokester move. Besides-he made a fool of himself claiming Republicans always use racial dogwhistles when in trouble just as the Democrats were trying the false flag operation with the tiki torches in Charlottesville (while the Lincoln Project tried to take credit the people in the photo have been credibly identified as paid Democratic Party staffers). It was clearly an attempt by the Democrats to race bait-and they and Sabato have egg all over their faces.

    Sounds to me like the issue is not supporting a candidate, it’s using university resources to do so.

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  13. GlenEisenhardt Coolidge
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    All that white backlash against a white old man as president, a white democrat running for governor, a white democrat as governor who wore a KKK outfit in his yearbook. Makes sense.

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  14. Flicker Coolidge
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    MiMac (View Comment):
    Republicans always use racial dogwhistles when in trouble

    I think I found my first genuine Republican dog whistle.  Let’s Go Brandon!

    Democrats just hear a high screeching sound.

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  15. kedavis Inactive
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    MiMac (View Comment):
    Republicans always use racial dogwhistles when in trouble

    I think I found my first genuine Republican dog whistle. Let’s Go Brandon!

    Democrats just hear a high screeching sound.

    Those are all the loose belts in Brandon’s head.

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  16. MiMac Thatcher
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    MiMac (View Comment):

    You shouldn’t fire him for supporting a candidate-that is a wokester move. Besides-he made a fool of himself claiming Republicans always use racial dogwhistles when in trouble just as the Democrats were trying the false flag operation with the tiki torches in Charlottesville (while the Lincoln Project tried to take credit the people in the photo have been credibly identified as paid Democratic Party staffers). It was clearly an attempt by the Democrats to race bait-and they and Sabato have egg all over their faces.

    Sounds to me like the issue is not supporting a candidate, it’s using university resources to do so.

    How was he using university resources? Academic freedom allows professors to voice their opinions and it is under heavy threat from the left-conservatives should join them.

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  17. kedavis Inactive
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    MiMac (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    MiMac (View Comment):

    You shouldn’t fire him for supporting a candidate-that is a wokester move. Besides-he made a fool of himself claiming Republicans always use racial dogwhistles when in trouble just as the Democrats were trying the false flag operation with the tiki torches in Charlottesville (while the Lincoln Project tried to take credit the people in the photo have been credibly identified as paid Democratic Party staffers). It was clearly an attempt by the Democrats to race bait-and they and Sabato have egg all over their faces.

    Sounds to me like the issue is not supporting a candidate, it’s using university resources to do so.

    How was he using university resources? Academic freedom allows professors to voice their opinions and it is under heavy threat from the left-conservatives should join them.

    I don’t remember all the details, but if he was sending out letters of support using University letterhead etc, that’s a problem.

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  18. ToryWarWriter Reagan
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    I remember him being my go to guy when I really heavy into polling analysis (now I use Richard Barris).

    About 8 days before the 2016 my now late father asked me how I thought the election would go and I said I thought Trump was going to win.  My father got very angry cause I was going against the polls and said even Sabato says hes going to lose.

    To which I answered that Trump had momentum and the polls were now a lagging indicator and no longer looking forward.  Something that happens sometimes.

    Long story short, there is way more to politics than polling and people in the business to remember that.

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  19. EJHill Podcaster
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    It’s hard as a First Amendment absolutist, but if I had one issue where I could advance an anti-free speech measure, I would ban opinion polling. It is dishonest and too often used as a suppression tactic. And it cuts both ways. I honestly believe that if the MSM hadn’t been saying Hillary was a shoe-in for six weeks prior to the 2016 vote she might have won.

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  20. LibertyDefender Member
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    MiMac (View Comment):

    You shouldn’t fire him for supporting a candidate-that is a wokester move. Besides-he made a fool of himself claiming Republicans always use racial dogwhistles when in trouble just as the Democrats were trying the false flag operation with the tiki torches in Charlottesville (while the Lincoln Project tried to take credit the people in the photo have been credibly identified as paid Democratic Party staffers). It was clearly an attempt by the Democrats to race bait-and they and Sabato have egg all over their faces.

    Not according to the major media.

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