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W&M Watch

Newt Gingrich and Christopher Levenick write about William & Mary’s Wren Chapel Cross fiasco, on NRO. Turns out that Sandra Day O’Connor is partly to blame.

Also, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine offers an opinion, sort of:

RICHMOND – Gov. Timothy M. Kaine didn’t see a need to remove the cross from permanent display in the College of William and Mary’s historic Wren Chapel, but he respected the rights of college presidents to make such decisions, he said Tuesday.
“I don’t feel a need to micromanage decisions made by college presidents because they’re doing that job, not me,” Kaine told a caller on his twice-monthly radio call-in show.
“My basic feeling about it, though, is look, this was built at William and Mary as a chapel. And I think to respect what it has been, the role it has played in the college, and to have the cross there certainly did not offend me,” Kaine said. The display “recognizes the history of what this place has been, which you can’t change.”
The governor added that he understood “college presidents who are trying to be sensitive to their communities.”
However, he repeated, “It’s a chapel and has always been a chapel.”

Finally, tomorrow night is the big debate on campus. 

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.