Was he drunk? The Wisconsin State Journal’s conservative columnist Chris Rickert is the most ridiculous writer in the state, and that’s saying a lot considering all the mindless political stuff pouring out of the MacIver Institute.
This is head slapping stuff too. Rickert, for whatever reason, was trying to defend one of the former candidates for UW president, Robert L. King, (who is currently) president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
What spills out of Rickert’s nonsensical twisted logic are some real gems:
King, an attorney, Lacking the Ph.D. would have been “problematic” for some faculty, according to UW-Madison professor Barry Orton “…university faculty whose professional lives are organized around the teaching and research that form the foundation for the granting of degrees have a strong bias for university leaders with earned degrees,” he told me.
King’s lack of acceptably high levels of book-learning, along with the bit of Republican blood running through his veins, might not have been such bad things.
That’s right, who needs a degree to run a university?
But it's this candidates history with ALEC:
King’s stint on an (ALEC) American Legislative Exchange Council task force some 25 years ago, while a Republican New York state lawmaker, also set off alarm bells … a group that brings politicians and corporations together to craft conservative and corporate-friendly model bills and has become something of the root of all evil for certain people on the political left.
Who would think it's wrong for lobbyists crafting corporate friendly bills by politicians representing people? You may have to sit down for this one:
Heck, with a crowd like the one in control at the Capitol these days, having ALEC on your resume may well be a feather in a prospective president’s mortarboard.
Which is not saying a lot about our current one party system. The only thing that made any sense at all was this comment:
Or as Senate President Mike Ellis put it in one outburst during the flap over the System’s financial reserves last year: “They all think they’re Ph.D.s and we ought to be working at Jiffy Lube. ... The Legislature’s a heck of a lot smarter than they’re giving us credit for.”
Not from what we've seen so far.