My old friend, Paul Goldman, seems intent on transforming the most ginormous cluster@#$@ in the history of Virginia higher education into a significant step towards his beloved, if vaguely defined, "education reform".
Even more mystifying are his attempts to glorify soon-to-be Ex-Rector Helen E. Dragas as, I'm not sure what? A future governor? A Walk? A successor to Demi Moore? A political lesson (maybe like Alf Landon - as goes Maine, so goes Vermont)?
Paul, not even the combination of your mad skills, the invocation of Henry Howell and the signers of the Declaration of Independence, a chance to poke at Larry J. Sabato, and Demi Moore in G.I. Jane could redefine this fiasco.
As my great aunt Ella used to say, "You can call a pig a horse. But, that doesn't mean it's going to win the Kentucky Derby."
The Dragas/Kington cabal brought to the University a flawed, irregular, underhanded process that resulted in a disastrous outcome. (By the way, thanks to Pulitzer-quality journalism by The Cavalier Daily, we now know the cabal included former Wilder policy advisor and current hedge fundster, Jeffrey D. Nuechterlein). The University has suffered the equivalent of a blow to the back of the head on a dark street, and my brother Paul is trying to call it a fair fight.
What was it that Henry Howell used to say?