If you've driven through Caldwell in the last several decades, you can probably guess that the town is not a haven of liberal activism. Anyone needing proof of this need only to take a gander at the town's most prominent landmark, an immense double-sided billboard that is updated regularly to convey the arch-conservative political mewling of local quasi-libertarian busybody Ralph Smeed. Well, Mr. S may have to construct another eyesore to convey his feelings about the news coming out of one of his favorite targets, the local cultural island of Albertson College of Idaho.
On June 4, the college will hold its annual graduation exercises, featuring a keynote address from Teresa Heinz (known for most of last year as "Teresa Heinz-Kerry"), philanthropist, first lady near-miss and a quotable gadfly in her own right. What wisdom Ms. Heinz will convey to the newly conferred is anyone's guess; in any event, she will be on the very short list of self-described "African-Americans" to address the graduates of Idaho's oldest liberal arts college. We just pray she won't feel the need to publicly describe herself that way again.