The obvious satisfaction The Denver Post is taking at the breakdown in buyout negotiations between Churchill and CU is hilarious in the extreme. The paper taunts the Regents for every perceived setback and snidely charts out the dismal future. It's obvious The Post thinks CU should buy Churchill out, just pay him to go away. After all, it's the responsible thing to do.
Obviously, The Post's management got too many time-outs, and too few, if any, cuffs upside the head. Buying Churchill out of his tenured professorship is exactly the irresponsible thing to do. Beside the fact that it guarantees an easy, comfortable and unearned retirement for a militant clown, it would wrongly say that principle and integrity mean as little to CU as they do to Churchill.
Fortunately, CU's management, the Regents, have ignored The Post's thinly veiled shepherding, and have grasped the nettle; they are now showing backbone by owning up to the responsibility of cleaning up a mess their university made. We believe they will, in fact, clean up. And it's our guess the clean-up won't end with the disposal of Churchill.
Bravo, Regents. Bravo.
For our part, we here at PirateBallerina should be excused if we aren't in a hurry for Churchill to leave CUand not for the reason you might think: that as a single-issue website, we need Churchill's continued public prominence to generate our daily traffic.
No, what we find most exhilarating about the happy probability of Churchill remaining on the job for months to come is that it allows us daily opportunities to show him to the world for what he is: The recruiting poster-child for Marxist academia's morally despicable posturing. He represents the ideal of the Academic Left brought low, the militant Marxist intellectual with his philosophical pants pulled down around his filthy ankles.
We want Churchill unrepentant; we want him defiant; we want him drawn self-righteously up to his full height and full of bile and bombast. Churchill is, after all, the last gunslinger of the intellectual Left, the very ideal of every faculty-lounge activist's hero-worship. You want an example of "the banality of evil"? Churchill's ongoing tenure at CU while the Regents work to fire him affords us endless occasion to hold him up to the light of righteous ridicule for the truly banal little Goebbels he is. It permits us the rare luxury of saying "There! There it is! See it now for what it iswithout the cloak of confusion or misdirection or misunderstandingthere is the end product and greatest achievement of the Academic Left.
There will never be another Ward, not as such, not in our lifetimes. Thank you, Ward, for all of this, you smug, magnificent bastard.