If red is the color of embarrassment, then surely crimson appropriately colors the faces of the true scholars of Harvard University, this on the heels of the appointment of Sarah Palin, Wasilla's Woman of The (15th) Century, Vice Presidential wannabe, and former talking head at Faux News, as "Visiting Scholar."

Read (which, apparently, is something Ms. Palin rarely does), Sarah Palin Appointed Visiting Scholar At Harvard.

Upon learning of the appointment, U.S. News & World Report, the folks who rank colleges while we rank on the magazine's rankings, immediately dropped Harvard from first to last on its list of Best Colleges In America.

"Visiting," said a U.S. News spokesman, Pat Wisnitzikoff, speaking on condition of anonymity (a word which Palin could not spell if her life depended upon it), "from an alternate universe, perhaps." "Scholar? Only if you characterize an iceberg as 'warm to the touch'."

Asked which Harvard newspaper she would read during her tenure at this heretofore prestigious university, Palin queried, "They have a newspaper?"

Of course, no one could possibly take the appointment of Sarah Palin to be among the academic elite seriously. Or could they?

The reaction from one Harvard undergrad, Maria Litt of Hartford Connecticut, was typical. "She'll either lecture to a room full of empty chairs or empty heads."

Empty chairs? Heck no. That's Clint Eastwood!

Waxing philosophic, a professor at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Ling Wao, told The College Whisperer (through an interpreter, of course), "Only in America do they make celebrities and millionaires out of fools and imbeciles. And having so elevated those who would otherwise fail to rise while sitting on a ton of yeast, we implore them to teach our children."

Right about now, 47% of Americans are applauding Palin's appointment, celebrating ignorance, and hoping that Newt Gingrich makes another run for the White House in 2016. This while another 47% of Americans are shaking their heads and saying, "You've been punked." [The remaining 6% of Americans aren't following The College Whisperer. Shame on them!]

Punked, indeed. Palin's not going to Harvard. Geez, she wouldn't have been able to find the T-stop. The story, broke by Daily Currant, was a parody.

But could it happen here, in a nation that reveres the dumbing down of the populace (what thinking people would send those folks to Congress?), supports the arming of every student on campus with a concealed assault rifle, keeps millions of our fellow citizens in poverty by refusing to raise the minimum wage, and considers women as second class citizens in the workplace? You betcha! 

Plan. Prepare. Prevail! 

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of The College Whisperer.

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