Last Night's Debate: Nothing Is More Humiliating Than Getting Ditched by Hofstra's College Republicans

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College Republicans -- at any college campus -- are a unique breed; they tuck their shirts in, they (say they) don't use drugs, and they've somehow managed to avoid the cliche brand of idealistic college-age liberalism that consumes so many young students who think they're going to change the world.

Some call their Conservative leanings at such a young age heartless. Others call them nerds. I call them assholes -- because at last night's presidential debate at Hofstra University, I got straight-up ditched by a pack of college Republicans, and was forced to spend the rest of the evening listening to politicians (from both parties) explain why their candidate clearly won the debate.

I went to last night's debate with no agenda. Armed with media credentials, I figured I'd just show up and try to find some quirky angle that would give our readers a different perspective on a story that's getting told by every news outlet in the Western world.

After wandering around the campus for about an hour, I bumped into a bunch of kids, each of whom was wearing a suit. Then it dawned on me: these are college Republicans -- and what would be funnier than watching a presidential debate with a bunch of college Republicans who are all wearing business suits for no apparent reason.

Without knowing for sure -- admittedly basing my assumption that these kids were college Republicans on nothing more than their appearance -- I asked one. Sure as shit, he told me "yes, yes we are Hofstra's College Republicans."

So, I asked if they'd mind if I watched the debate with them to get their reactions. They agreed -- despite the perception of the publication for which I work as being somewhat left-leaning.

"We're gonna watch it in one of the residence halls, if you're OK with that," one of the CRs told me.

"Even better," I thought.

As we walked to the residence hall, the group of about 10 CRs discussed exactly what they'd say to the person at the front desk -- it appeared as though they were hatching some sort of scheme to get people into the building who weren't allowed to be there (the rascals!).

We chatted about their extra-curricular activities -- one works for the state Republican Party, another for a congressman, etc.

When we got to the building, they again rehearsed what they'd say to the person at the desk. They all got in without a problem. Me, however, not so much.

Despite having undergone a Secret Service background check to obtain press credentials. campus security wouldn't let me into the building.

As the CRs marched into the residence hall -- each reciting the same line they'd rehearsed on the way over -- the girl at the desk told me I wasn't allowed.

One of the CRs told me they'd relocate to a place where I could gain access -- a common viewing area at one of the campus' student centers. I just had to wait a minute at the door. Another CR even gave me his business card and told me to text him once he gathered the others who'd already gone upstairs unaware that I wasn't granted access.

After about five minutes, I sent the text. I got no response.

I waited a few more minutes and sent another text: "Can I come meet you all when this is over?"

Crickets.

That's when it occurred to me: I'd been ditched by a group of college Republicans...in business suits.

The crushing blow to my confidence was brutal, and my ego will never be the same.

So, I was forced to watch the debate with the rest of the Fourth Estate in the media filing center -- a huge room with several rows of desks where reporters all watched the same regurgitation of political talking points we've all been enduring for months.

Here's what happens in a media filing center at the conclusion of a debate: politicians -- from both sides of the aisle -- come rushing in to try and convince the media that they're respective candidate not only won the debate, but mopped the floor with their opponent.

Clearly, that was not the case for either candidate last night. Regardless, below are some quotes we gathered from various pols following the debate:

Senator John Kerry: "The president won overwhelmingly. He exposed Mitt Romney tonight...tonight he just stripped it away. The president of the Untied States showed he was in command, showed he has a vision for the next four years...Mitt Romney was just wrong -- wrong on the facts. I think tonight Mitt Romney's campaign fell away."

Obama adviser David Axelrod: "There were several instances here where Governor Romney was simply dishonest...I think the president was taken aback last time by the audacity of Governor Romney -- his willingness to back away from his proposals....and that's what you saw tonight -- Governor Romney backpedaling all night."

Former New York Governor George Pataki: "I don't think Obama was able to explain how his vision as to how things would be different to fix a broken economy...it was another good night for Governor Romney.,,The key here is substance. I think the president failed to explain in detail how he would improve the economy and move the country forward."

New York Congressman Pete King: "Governor Romney clearly won it."

New York Senator Chuck Schumer: "Mitt Romney grew weaker and weaker and got more flummoxed as the debate went by."

Regardless of who won the debate, both candidates can hold their heads high -- neither was straight-up ditched by a bunch of college Republicans.
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kmk0
kmk0

I meant divisiveness not decisiveness, I got autocorrected.

kmk0
kmk0

Jim, Did you ever consider that they didn't have cell phone coverage in the dorm? Many campus dorms don't. Maybe they didn't actually ditch you. I find it disturbing that as a story writer with credentials you were "looking for a quirky angle" and thought it would be "funny" to watch the debate with these kids. Why would it be funny? We're you planning to mock them, twist thier words, and expose thier "evil" side? Seems like that's a quirky angle. I'm so saddened that young kids who have a preference for a political party, have an interest in our political system to the extent that their extracurricular time (a precious commodity in thier lives) would be a joke to you. Also disturbing were your assumptions based upon thier dress. I don't think right or left leaning publications would consider that journalism. I'm especially alarmed that you labeled these kids "assholes". Actually, you were the one that came on campus to find an angle to a story that if told by you would clearly continue the decisiveness that these debates foster in general. Isnt it more apt that a professional that preys on young idealistic college kids is an asshole? On a positive note as a Mom of a college kid, I'm extremely pleased that the dorm security didn't allow you in last night. The dorms are for students,not adults that should know better than to dehumanize someone for wearing a suit. I have a saying I my house "If it isn't funny for everyone, it isn't funny!" Maybe it was cell coverage but I hope you were ditched because these young kids could spot your intentions to use them for your own agenda to perpetuate decisiveness. Seems like the dodged a bullet.

jennyjhart
jennyjhart

@villagevoice James King should be more humiliated that he's a crummy, dishonest reporter. The College Republicans deserve an apology.

adm538
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This article purely libelous. You are blatantly denigrating those individuals seen in the picture, but did not partake in the aforementioned encounter as you describe above. Talk about clear and perfect grounds for a lawsuit; I recommend you remove the article.

jack
jack

 @adm538 Obviously you are one of the asshole college republicans. 

jjh13
jjh13

Also, I don't recall you asking permission to use our image. Please remove it, thanks.

Jack
Jack

 @jjh13 Seeing as Rove, Norquist, and Abramoff are former College Republicans you don't have a much of a legacy there either. At least Abramoff has repented and now spends his time telling everyone what a bunch of corrupt assholes these people are. 

jjh13
jjh13

@Jack Hillary Clinton was also a College Republican. It's a student club, Jack. Cool your jets.

jjh13
jjh13

Hi James. I'm one of the CRs you're bad mouthing. The only one who said I read your newspaper, in fact. We came back down for you five minutes later after discussing our game plan and you were gone. I was real disappointed at first, but after seeing what an ass you are, I'm glad you left. I'd question the maturity of this post, but seeing as you only write for the blog, it doesn't really matter, now does it? Romney/Ryan 2012

Jack
Jack

@jjh13

 rest my case. Your whole screed comes down to "i'm better than you", "Ive accomplished more","I'm so righteous", me, me, me, me! You don't even know me you insufferable little turd and this is why you're not only a huge gaping asshole but also an egotistical, elitist, little shit.

 

Now go whine about Obama being a communist or some such other rubbish you troglodytes engage in. 

 

And you've fucked up the country by attacking our current President non-stop with race based attacks, conspiracy theories, and flat out lies. You also support a candidate who doesnt give a flying fuck about the working class in this country and will sell it all out to the Chinese. 

 

jjh13
jjh13

@Jack You don't know me, either. While I appreciate your 'colorful' vocabulary, you have only reinforced my original claim. If you were trying to make me feel badly about myself and my party, you did not. You did, however, succeed in making the liberal community look even worse than it already does, so congratulations on that. I'm ending our exchange here. Have a nice life, Jack.

jack
jack

 @jjh13 "Seeing as you only write for this blog..."Wow! Typical snarky, asshole college republican response. Thanks for fucking up the country too. 

JamesKing
JamesKing

 @jack  @jjh13 @jjh13: Call me an asshole all you like. But I'm no liar. I told you I worked for the GOP way back when, which is true. I also told you I'm now a-political. "I think they're all assholes," I recall saying. I'm just sad you guys ditched me (sigh). Had I been ditched by college Democrats, I would have penned a similar article. I thought you were all very nice. Then you ditched me (double sigh).

jjh13
jjh13

@JamesKing Hi James. Now that you've come out from behind the curtain and shown you are reading these comments, please remove our picture. Your photo credit is incorrect and we did NOT give you permission to use our image. I'd really like to not have to ask again.

jjh13
jjh13

@jack Oh, so I'm allowed to be unfairly insulted, but calling James out right back makes me an asshole? Typical liberal narrow mindedness. And yes, I'm sure I'm "fucking up" the country... can you tell me anything influential that you've done? I'm pretty confident that I've accomplished more for myself and on the behalf of my great country in my short 21 years than you probably will, ever. And for the record, James told us that he was a Republican, so either he is an unethical reporter and lied to us, or you need to pull the stick out of your ass and realize people have different political views.

johncena
johncena

dude im just hear for hw..............................

dmeks1
dmeks1

"despite the perception of the publication for which I work as being somewhat left-leaning."

 

I am sorry, are you going to pretend that the Village Voice is not just somewhat left leaning but, one hundred percent on the left side?  

 

I am down with it but, not being honest hurts your credibility. 

 

 

Cassidy
Cassidy

Girls are hot no matter what their politics -- though maybe fucking a fascist can be cathartic in a very particular way!  Who's that chick in the very short unconservative miniskirt??  The others are all right, but she's clearly one of them Republican sex-freak types....

treymelhorton
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Hahaha the college Republicans are a reflection of their standard. So if they were able to sell you a dream then ditch you, I Believe Mitt could and would do the same thing to America.

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