Was commentary meant to be funny?

University of Virginia professor Ken Hughes in his recent commentary mounts his soapbox unencumbered by any sense of contradiction (“Watching for the coup by a thousand cuts, The Herald, Jan. 9).

After four years of unfounded prattle about Russian collusion stealing the 2016 election, he only now discovers the danger to democracy from “conspiracy theories.”

Then, after Mark Zuckerman spent $350 million on swing-state ballot harvesting in 2020, Hughes turns round and breathlessly theorizes a right-wing conspiracy to rig the 2022 vote at the state level.

His political satire is all the more hilarious for being unintentional. His classes must be a real joy.

Max Albert


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