This, from the Princeton University newspaper , caught my eye: “New York Assemblyman and Minority Leader James Tedisco (R) said Tuesday that he will move to impeach Gov. Eliot Spitzer ‘81 if the embattled officeholder does not step down from his post by Thursday.”

Isn’t there something deeply comic about the Daily Princetonian ‘s careful notation that Spitzer was in the Princeton class of 1981? It reminds me of a story Fr. James Burtchaell once told me, about a photograph in the Holy Cross alumni magazine around 1971. It showed an FBI agent leading away in handcuffs a priest at an anti-Vietnam protest, and the caption read something like: “Fr. James McCarthy (class of ‘59), with Andrew Sweeney (class of ‘63).”

Ah, alma mater!

Articles by Joseph Bottum

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