[Carol Iannone]'s backers invoked the specter of political correctness, insisting that liberals targeted her because she has written attacks on African American and feminist authors. The opposition maintained that Iannone, a 43-year-old adjunct professor at the Gallatin division of New York University, lacked the scholarly distinction to serve on the 26-member panel. The council meets four times a year to advise the NEH chairman on grant proposals.
The NEH chairman had pushed hard for Iannone's confirmation, asking for postponement of a vote in early June to give her more time to press her case. [Quayle] made calls in support of the nomination last week while [Lynne Cheney] escorted Iannone on visits to committee members.
[Edward Kennedy] led the opposition to Iannone, comparing her record with that of Harvey Mansfield, a political science professor whose nomination to the NEH panel was approved yesterday. Kennedy said Iannone's work has been cited by other scholars only eight times over the past 10 years, according to the Arts and Humanities Citation Index and the Social Science Citation Index. Mansfield was cited 232 times in the same period, he said. Kennedy said Mansfield, 59, comes out way ahead of Iannone even if his achievements of the past 16 years are eliminated to factor out the age difference.
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