Bad day for the haters

The massacre in Tucson is shaping up as an awkward episode for racists, nativists, and homophobes.  First, the surgeon who saved Giffords’ life at the hospital is Rhee, and oboy, does he look like the right guy in scrubs at the right time.  The kid who ran towards the shooting, stayed calm, checked bodies for pulses, and may have saved her life at the scene is Hernandez.  Neither appears to have ancestors on the Mayflower.  More awkward still, Hernandez is gay [UPDATE: alternate link for this] which doesn’t help with the concern about unit cohesion, being able to trust gay buddies to put their lives at risk for you when the bullets are flying, and all that. [name corrected 9/I/11, sorry]

Author: Michael O'Hare

Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, Michael O'Hare was raised in New York City and trained at Harvard as an architect and structural engineer. Diverted from an honest career designing buildings by the offer of a job in which he could think about anything he wanted to and spend his time with very smart and curious young people, he fell among economists and such like, and continues to benefit from their generosity with on-the-job social science training. He has followed the process and principles of design into "nonphysical environments" such as production processes in organizations, regulation, and information management and published a variety of research in environmental policy, government policy towards the arts, and management, with special interests in energy, facility siting, information and perceptions in public choice and work environments, and policy design. His current research is focused on transportation biofuels and their effects on global land use, food security, and international trade; regulatory policy in the face of scientific uncertainty; and, after a three-decade hiatus, on NIMBY conflicts afflicting high speed rail right-of-way and nuclear waste disposal sites. He is also a regular writer on pedagogy, especially teaching in professional education, and co-edited the "Curriculum and Case Notes" section of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Between faculty appointments at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he was director of policy analysis at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He has had visiting appointments at Università Bocconi in Milan and the National University of Singapore and teaches regularly in the Goldman School's executive (mid-career) programs. At GSPP, O'Hare has taught a studio course in Program and Policy Design, Arts and Cultural Policy, Public Management, the pedagogy course for graduate student instructors, Quantitative Methods, Environmental Policy, and the introduction to public policy for its undergraduate minor, which he supervises. Generally, he considers himself the school's resident expert in any subject in which there is no such thing as real expertise (a recent project concerned the governance and design of California county fairs), but is secure in the distinction of being the only faculty member with a metal lathe in his basement and a 4×5 Ebony view camera. At the moment, he would rather be making something with his hands than writing this blurb.

22 thoughts on “Bad day for the haters”

  1. It might get even worse.

    Pure speculation here but check out this post on a TPM thread:

    Here is the opening lede:

    How's THIS for irony? Fox News — That's right, FOX NEWS — is reporting that it obtained a Department of Homeland Security memo that strongly suggests that Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has ties to a right-wing extremist group. Loughner, according to the DHS memo, "may have been influenced by a pro-white racist organization that publishes an anti-immigration newsletter."

    And here is the Fox news link:

  2. Another piece of the rainbow mosaic here: Gifford's the first Jewish member of the Arizona congressional delegation.

    Also, Hernandez is a wide gay hero.

  3. I keep seeing that Giffords was az's first Jewish congressional Tula — but wasn't Barry Goldwater born into a Jewish family?

  4. Goldwater was raised as an episcopalian, maintained that affiliation as an adult, and never was a member of the House.

  5. Goldwater was a lifelong Episcopalian, his mother was Christian, and his parents were married in an Episcopalian church: "Jewish family" is a stretch. Giffords is a member of a temple in Tucson.

  6. The Dallas Voice article Michael linked to is no longer available. Perhaps there's a mistake about Hernandez being gay? Or maybe not. The kid's a hero, whatever his sexuality.

  7. Carter, regardless of the circumstances, everyone everywhere is better off pretending Mark Penn didn't exist.

  8. Mother of slain nine year old in the NYTimes:

    Mrs. Green said she hoped that Christina’s death would bring not only justice in the jailing of her attacker but also a national awareness of the cost of a venomous political dialogue. “I think there’s been a lot of hatred going on and it needs to stop,” she said.

    You can't blame her for hoping her child's death will mean something…

    And the fact that Tea Party leader Sarah Palin has scrubbed her web site clean of crosshairs is a good start…

  9. The rhetoric of populist anger and rebellion is incoherent to the point of being nearly indistinguishable from the rantings of a schizophrenic in the midst of a psychotic break, and our politics provides no option, no voice, no vision, no hope to understand or oppose what is done in Washington or New York to create an economy without enough jobs, a government (apparently) incompetent to control borders, foreclosures, finance, taxes, health care, . . . .

  10. Thanks for the correction, and my apologies for passing on the misinformation.

    Only current Jewish member from AZ, then.

  11. I just spent my "moment of silence", praying for the recovery of Giffords, the other victims in the hospital, and the families of those who were killed. I asked God, whom I believe in, to heal those victims and comfort the families.

    No one, no matter what their political beliefs, should ever resort to violence in the United States of America. Vote. This person should be a prison lifer for sure, and insanity should not matter. I am definitely angry that any elected official and the Federal judge were attacked, but even more angry about the little girl who died. THAT is enough to put this guy away for life.

    I am a literal Bible believing, born-again Christian. I am thankful for those who reacted couragously. I don't care what their sexual activities are… why are we even talking about it? The young man, Hernandez, is a HERO, why is sexual orientation even an issue? The Bible talks about it, so I have that viewpoint, but what does that have to do with this incident at all ???

    What I find, is that most of YOU on this blog hate ME, because of my religous beliefs. That sucks, because I don't hate anyone and I am not racist, or homophobic.

    Vince V.

  12. Nice!! In one of the most xenophobic and homophobic states in America, a hero of the day is a gay Latino.

    Good thing he forgot to check in first with his Senator John McCain about whether his gayness would "disrupt unit cohesion" —

    — or with Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer for questions about his citizenship.

  13. Vince: Nice post, until you got to the end: "What I find, is that most of YOU on this blog hate ME,because of my religous beliefs."

    Where do you "find" this? Can you point to hateful statements "most" of us have made about you?

    Not hatin' on ya Vince, but I do find the paranoid victim mentality a bit unattractive.

  14. Vince: I don't hate you. I disagree with your religious beliefs. I think that to the extent they purport to state truth about the universe, they are factually incorrect. There has never been a shred of scientific proof of the existence of a supreme being. Nonetheless, it's your right as an individual to hold such beliefs. I do strongly disagree with the "Christians as victims in America" trope. America is the most Christian, and most religious, rich country in the world. Christians have their point of view represented on our currency, in the Pledge of Allegiance, and in our civil rights laws, which deny marriage equality to those who practice a lifestyle of which Christians disapprove. George Bush Sr. even said that he doesn't consider atheists to be full American citizens, and a recent poll revealed that atheists are the most distrusted minority in America. Countless other studies have shown that the least religious rich countries are the happiest and most functional. Religion may do you personally some good, but it's poison for society.

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