Saturday, October 29, 2005

Bowdoin College Republicans: No Class

The Bowdoin College community shares The General's concerns that College Republicans National Committee Secretary Dan Schuberth questioned the "logic and motivation" of Maine College Democrats Co-President Alex Cornell de Houx, a member of the Marine Reserve, on the eve of his deployment to Iraq. [Although Cornell de Houx opposes the war, he is ready and willing to do his job to its fullest extent.]

Bowdoin President Barry Mills stated, "I have enormous admiration for Alex. I would never question the motivation of any person in the military. All we should be doing is supporting and applauding their efforts."

Sophmore Joshua Cippel told the campus newspaper, "If anything, America needs more people who, like Alex, can look beyond their own interests and opinions and take part in a cause that is larger than themselves."

But Bowdoin Republicans President Alex Linart belittled his classmate's service in Iraq, "Another article, eh? Maybe run an entire section about him." He then regained his senses and concluded, "I thank Alex for his service to his country and wish him well in Iraq." Schuberth, however, stands by his comments.

Cornell du Houx responded: I am dedicated to my country through community service, political service and military service and I challenge them to do the same. [Welcome to Operation Yellow Elephant, young man! We respect your service to our country and wish you the best.]


At 29 October, 2005 12:04, Blogger phlssten said...

As I remember my history, Bowdoin always has had unselfish heros who fought bravely in war.

At 29 October, 2005 16:49, Blogger markg8 said...

It appears the editorial board of the Bowdoin Orient doesn't think much of Danny Schuberth's comments either. Check out yesterday's editorial:

It further appears that Mr. Schuberth has gone into hiding, at least I can't find him and I went as far as looking under my chair. I think we should demand to know why he's disappeared and what exactly he has to hide. If he's going to disregard his studies to lay low like that maybe it's time for him to just drop out and join the Army.

At 29 October, 2005 20:47, Blogger evan-genital said...

mr. linart needs to join his fellow republicans in fighting this war in iraq. why have a draft when we have so many young people who actually believe bush's bullshit?
glory, glory holey lube-job!!!

At 30 October, 2005 06:39, Blogger Karl said...


Thanks. I linked to the editorial where the Yellow Elephant stands by his comments.

At 30 October, 2005 23:29, Blogger merlallen said...

Joshua Chamberlain taught there.

At 31 October, 2005 14:05, Blogger markg8 said...

Joshua Chamberlain not only taught there, he taught EVERYTHING there but mathmatics. He was also was president of Bowdoin after serving as governor of Maine. The same Joshua Chamberlain who led his heavily outnumbered men to victory while almost out of ammunition at Little Round Top in the Battle of Gettysburg. You may remember him as portrayed by Jeff Daniels in the movie "Gods and Generals". I read his bio at Wikpedia.

Makes you wonder what punks Schuberth and Linart are even doing at a college like that.

At 04 November, 2005 21:57, Blogger doe said...

Update from The Bowdoin Orient
Schuberth retracts criticism of Cornell du Houx's service

After publicly questioning the "logic and motivation" of U.S. Marine and Maine College Democrats President Alex Cornell du Houx '06 for his military service, Secretary of the College Republican National Committee Dan Schuberth '06 has issued an apology. Schuberth called Cornell du Houx, who is leaving for a tour of duty in Iraq in December, "one of the most vocal opponents of...our country."


A number of well-read blogs around the nation have criticized Schuberth's original statement.

"Just as such former College Republican greats as Scooter Libby and Karl Rove betrayed the identity of a CIA agent for political purposes, you [Schuberth] accuse a Iraq-bound Marine of treason simply because he protests our leader's policies. Obviously, you have the right stuff to go far in today's Republican Party," posted a blogger on Operation Yellow Elephant ( A link to Schuberth's email address is available on the web site so vistitors to the site can contact him.

Good job, Karl!

At 10 November, 2005 14:27, Blogger Karl said...

Thanks, Doe. I've updated the blog itself with this post.


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