So I was listening to retired Middlebury College professor (and ineludible go-to guy for election analysis in Vermont) Eric Davis this morning on the Mark Johnson Show. And it hit me…
We’ve got Poets Laureate. They provide a highbrow sheen to the mundane events of public life, a little academic fairy-dust to the grey landscape.
Pundits do much the same. From Walter Lippmann to David Broder to tne NPR tag team of E.J. Dionne and David Brooks, they turn the messy business of politics into a Platonian dialogue, and festoon conventional wisdom with the baubles of putative knowledge.
We need a Pundit Laureate. And we need Eric Davis as the inaugural titleholder. Imagine the swearing-in of the Governor: after a brief dribble from the Poet Laureate, Eric Davis will take the stage in an elaborate outfit (I suggest this one) and deliver a brief exposition on What It All Means.
I can think of no finer way to commemorate public occasions. Eric Davis for Pundit Laureate!