About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

A brief jocular interlude: Todd Akin, the Most Interesting Man in the World

10:52pm:  just watched Todd Akin's concession speech, if you can call it that, in the Missouri race for the US Senate.
The transcript:  "GOD!  JESUS!  BENGHAZI!  JESUS!"
Todd Akin is collecting a number of trophies for his case tonight
Knuckle-Dragging Philistine of the Year! 
Most Valuable Theocrat!
and now, The Most Interesting Comb-over in American politics. 
Dude, you could sail a sunfish with that thing.

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