Phi Beta Cons


Anti-Bush profs at SMU may not stop the Bush presidential library from arriving on their campus, but their colleagues at the University of Florida have successfully denied an attempt to give Jeb Bush an honorary degree. Few things in life are less important than honorary degrees, but this decision reeks of politics:

It is the first time in memory that the group has rejected a nominee put forth by its honorary degrees committee, said J. Bernard Machen, the university president. …
The university, based in Gainesville, has awarded honorary degrees to five former governors, including Bob Graham in 2004 and Reubin Askew in 1983. All were Democrats. It also bestowed one on Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, in 2004.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.