The Froomkin Shuffle

From Holden:

A quick look at Dan Froomin’s column today, which seems to be more bloglike as time passes, yields this tasty bit of analysis:

Bush yesterday kissed and held hands with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia — and went to extraordinary measures to keep the media away from a man who is not the poster child for Bush’s effort to spread democracy in the Middle East.

So what did Bush get for his troubles? Nothing.

Dan also revisited Chimpy’s commencement plans.

I wrote in Friday’s column that Bush will be giving a commencement address next month at Calvin College, a small Christian institution in Western Michigan, highly regarded for its contributions to evangelical intellectual thought.

I’m betting that most of you readers out there, like me, suspected that Calvin was picked at least in part to assure Bush a supportive audience — as opposed to, say, what he might find at your typical Ivy League university. (The other commencement address he’ll be giving will be at the U.S. Naval Academy.)

But we — and possibly the White House — may have been wrong.

On closer inspection, it turns out that Calvin College is not the bastion of the Christian Right it appeared to be. In fact, judging from my e-mail, it’s a veritable hotbed of those other Christian values — the ones that oppose war, work for social justice, and don’t think much of the president at all.

One of the many e-mails Froomkin received from Calvin College faculty was this gem:

“As a faculty member, I’m required to attend commencement, but I plan on reading a book during the president’s speech — probably My Pet Goat.”

Calvin College student and alumnae are organizing their opposition to Chimpy’s appearance on a Google group page called Our Commencement Is Not Your Platform.