Professor rips into GOP: ‘Self-interest and self-righteousness are at the heart’ of Republican Party

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A tenured university professor penned an editorial in the Washington Post last week in which he skewered the Republican Party for its “self-interest and self-righteousness” and suggested President Obama had made a mistake for working with the GOP.

“Self-interest and self-righteousness are at the heart of the Republican Party,” wrote Professor Drew Westen in an article published last week in The Washington Post.

Westen, a tenured professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University, also argued that President Obama has a “penchant for unilateral bipartisanship” and made the “mistake” of working with the same Republicans who had just “decimated the economy.”

In the column, Westen, who has no apparent educational background in climate science, stated “the nation has experienced climate change firsthand, with Americans witnessing extreme weather, drought, floods, and harvests destroyed by the scorched-earth policies of the oil and coal industries.”

Scott McAfee, the former chair of the school’s College Republicans chapter, told Campus Reform that he was disappointed to hear a professor direct intolerance towards students with different views.

“As chair of the College Republicans, I worked with the young Democrats on many different events such as debates and voter registration drives,” said McAfee. “The goal was to team up and enhance the political dialogue on campus, not simply call each other names.”

He added “both clubs recognized that ignoring the other side wasn’t a solution.”

“Perhaps the professor could have learned something from the students,” he added.

Westen is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and is author of The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation.

He last stirred controversy when he asserted that Democrats are more intelligent than their Republican counterparts.

Westen was not able to be reached for comment at the time of publication.

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Oliver Darcy

Oliver Darcy

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Oliver Darcy is the Editor of Digital Media at the Leadership Institute’s CampusReform.org, where he is tasked with reporting on waste, fraud, and abuse taking place on our nation's college campuses. Additionally, he is responsible for editing the website’s video content and graphic design.

Prior to joining the Leadership Institute, Oliver founded ExposingLeftists.com, a video driven website dedicated to exposing the inherent failures found at the core of liberal philosophies.

Oliver holds his bachelors of arts degree in political science, with an emphasis in both International Relations and American Politics, from the University of California at Merced.

On his spare time, he enjoys running and hiking, in addition to watching the Star Wars saga and episodes of House.

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