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Life and career
In 1968, as a student at Phillips Exeter Academy, a New Hampshire boarding school, McConnell canvassed for Minnesota Senator Eugene McCarthy. McConnell earned a bachelor’s degree in 1975 and, after working on the 1976 presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter, a Ph.D in history in 1987 at Columbia University. During this time he became attracted to the neoconservative movement, and began writing for publications such as Commentary and National Review. In 1989, McConnell became an editorial writer and later columnist for the New York Post and served as editorial page editor in 1997. McConnell was fired from the Post later that year.
McConnell has since emerged as one of the leading figures in the broadly defined paleoconservative movement, although he explicitly disavowed using the term "paleoconservative" to define his beliefs.
McConnell also became a prominent supporter of Pat Buchanan. After spending many years as a columnist for the New York Press and Antiwar.com, in 2002 he collaborated with Buchanan and Taki Theodoracopolous in founding The American Conservative, a magazine which has served as a voice for traditionalist conservatives opposed to both liberalism and the policies of George W. Bush.
At the end of 2004, McConnell became the sole editor of TAC; during the year he had written forcefully in favor of John Kerry's candidacy for President, although adding that "If Kerry wins, this magazine will be in opposition from inauguration day forward." He was succeeded as editor by Kara Hopkins and then Daniel McCarthy (in 2010).
McConnell is also an author, writing books such as Leftward Journey: The Education of Vietnamese Students in France, 1919–1939, which argues that French paternalistic attitudes led to the rejection of liberalism by Vietnamese students, whose nationalism subsequently radicalized along Marxism lines.
- McConnell, Scott (2006-01-30) Peace Candidate, '68 Vintage, The American Conservative
- Phillips Exeter alumni Directory
- Francis, Samuel (2006-10-01). "Refugee of Scoundrels: Patriotism, True and False, in the Iraq War Controversy". In Sharpe, J. Forrest. Neo-Conned!: Just War Principles: A Condemnation of War in Iraq. IHS Press. ISBN 9781605700090.
- Interview of McConnell by Kevin Zeese
- "Kerry's the One"
- Konetzky, Alexander The American Conservative Crackup, Washington Monthly (May 2007)
- Munholland, Kim (1990-12-01). "scott mcconnell. Leftward Journey: The Education of Vietnamese Students in France, 1919–1939. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction. 1989. Pp. xix, 195. $34.95". The American Historical Review. 95 (5): 1559–1560. doi:10.1086/ahr/95.5.1559. ISSN 0002-8762.