Well, it looks like oilman and Republican Party hack Bruce Benson will be the next President of the University of Colorado. All six Republican members of the Board of Regents voted in support of Benson. Congratulations! What a distinguished choice.
Good thing too–all those crazy liberals up in Boulder need to be shown who’s in charge. (Confidential to the Board of Regents: haven’t you noticed that you’re the only deliberative body left in the state that’s not run by Democrats? Confidential to the Democratic majority Colorado General Assembly: you can just send all of that money you won’t be sending to Boulder up to Fort Collins instead.)
UPDATE Feb. 25: See Stanley Fish’s strange analysis in the New York Times today. He writes, “While it would be wrong to take into account the political affiliations or business connections or wealth of a candidate for a faculty position, it would be wrong not to take these things into account when choosing a president,” implying that Benson would therefore be a reasonable candidate. This would only make sense if Benson were a Democratic hack instead of a Republican hack. (Why is it only Historiann who seems to know that THE ENTIRE STATE IS RUN BY DEMOCRATS NOW, so therefore appointing a prominent Republican would seem NOT to be in CU’s interest? Duh!) This article also points to the parallel situation in West Virginia that RadReadr suggested in the comments below a few days ago. Maybe appointing people with business or political values instead of academic values isn’t such a smart plan after all? Gee whiz! (H/t to ej who e-mailed me the link to the Fish article.)