Apropos for #TBT and because I'm a grad of a local B-list Catholic school, I wanted to make a quick confession and/or statement of belief to start this post.
This one is for the cheap seats . . .
NOBODY CARES WHERE YOU WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL!!! KANSAS CITY DEBATE OVER THE ROCKHURST ROOTS OF SENATOR HAWLEY ILLUSTRATES THE PATHETICALLY CLIQUISH WORLDIVEW OF MIDDLE-CLASS COWTOWN HACKS!!!
Alas . . .
I've tried to ignore the story of Hawley's Rockhust connection because it's so petty and provincial.
Moreover, the Rockhust myth of "achievement" is just a typical hypocrite Catholic hype to obfuscate endemic American wealth disparity.
Grant me one bit of nostalgia . . . Don't count this intro as jealousy because I've never envied the Rockhurst grads who imagined themselves as champions of the "white man's burden" whilst low-rent Catholic school thugs like TKC had much more fun practicing drinking, dating and crafting elaborately stupid jokes.
But all of this is just a fun digression which sets the scene for a much more relevant and ingenuous article by Kansas City's most prolific right-wing scribe . . .
Mr. Cashill turned Senator's Hawley's Rockhurst connection and overwrought quotes from pompous school officials on its ear with a really great juxtaposition of two grads and a comparison of their political record.
The money quote to start . . .
Then, Mr. Cashill goes on to roast the Prez of Rockhurst and Hawley's alumni Eskimo brother Senator Tim Kaine . . .
"I would recommend too that President Laughlin take a look at what Vox encouragingly called "Tim Kaine's evolving views on abortion." Nothing quite says "hypocrisy" like "evolving."
"As Hillary Clinton's running mate in 2016, Kaine had a lot of quick evolving to do. Although he was still claiming he "personally opposes abortion as a Catholic," he somehow managed "a perfect pro-choice voting record, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood."
"The Catholic Church considers abortion murder. So firmly held is this belief that even Jesuit Pope Francis upholds it."
And so, rather than dredging up some vague local connection to Senator Hawley . . . Mr. Cashill uses the link to talk about CURRENT public policy debate and distinct differences betwixt Republicans Vs. the Democratic Party beyond talk show pandering.
We might not always agree with Mr. Cashill but in this instance he took a hack newspaper hit job and turned it into a valid comparison betwixt two political viewpoints what will continue to divide the nation and Kansas City.
You decide . . .