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Sunday, July 27, 2003
BCR won the 'College Republican Chapter of the Year' award at the College Republican National Convention. It featured Karl Rove being discomfited by protestors.
The University of California at Berkeley contingent of College Republicans was recognized yesterday as the chapter of the year. It has 500 members.500? Really? 500 on a list or 500 who come to meetings? I suspect the former.
What defines success, here? I can think of two basic rubrics. The first is energy: counter-protesting ISO things, putting on bake sales, publishing Conservative newspapers, etc. The sort of stuff that lands you on Fox News. The second is organization: numbers, funding, lack of internal struggles, muscle in the student government and with the University. It's possible to have one without the other. Although BCR has both.
What's the next step for our plucky Republicans? I'd argue it's moving against the Administration. For years the Administration has been essentially an ally of the Republicans. The Republicans used the Administration to crack down on Progressive excess--- book burning or newspaper theft. While the Admin never cracked down to the level they wanted, there'd be some sort of investigation or press release from the Chancellor. In other words, the Administration was essentially on their side in the goal of keeping order on Sproul and suppressing Progressives, not to mention protecting Republicans from mobs. BCR always felt the Administration was essentially Leftist, but their kind of Leftists.
But now the Republicans can protect themselves just fine, and being a countering presence on Sproul isn't the overwhelming goal it once was.. BCR has successfully landed that beachhead. At the same time, the University has been pissing off Republicans. Trumpeting that 'Stalin = Conservative' study really upset numerous Republicans. Not only did the Administration put it on the main webpage, but issued a long press release praising it-- even making it seem more anti-Conservative then the authors thought supportable! There's also been some minor slights related to press coverage, and UC passing that politics in the classroom resolution recently.
Add to this the long-simmering goal of attacking Progressive thought in classrooms and fighting massive fee increases, and BCR has a lot of incentive to make trouble for the University this year. It'd be interesting.
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