The IR on Mercer: Worst Argument Yet


The IR offers this gem today about John Mercer:

Mercer brought something to the regents’ boardroom that no other regent possessed. He had the ultimate insider’s understanding of why so many legislators were unwilling to give credence to university officials’ pleas for ore money.

Mercer’s time on the Board of Regents shows the wisdom of one of President Lyndon Johnson’s famously earthy quotes. Sometimes it really is better to have the camel inside the tent.

So, based on the IR’s understanding, Human Rights organizations ought to include Anti-Semites in their organization, on the odd chance that they might learn how completely wrong they were.

All Mercer’s actions on the Board and his letter to the governor indicate is that he used to be an ill-informed critic of education. Now, he has become a hypocritical critic of the governor.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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  • Thanks, Pogie. I was doing some mumbling over this editorial as well. At least the same page contained Professor Bob Ream’s gem of a letter to the editor.
    “Mercer hasn’t apologized to Montanans he’s driven out of going to college, or to graduates who incurred huge debts. He hasn’t apologized to those whose careers were drastically changed when departments were eliminated. He hasn’t apologized to families all over Montana who scrimped and worked extra jobs to help put their kids through college. It will take a long time to recover from Mercer’s reign as speaker.

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