Dr. Russ Dondero, Pacific University’s long-time political science guru, is set to retire this spring from his teaching position. Oregon will never be the same. Who will organize the Tom McCall Forums that Dondero started? Who will set-up all those prized internships with Congressional leaders? Where will the press turn for insightful commentary on election nights? And who is going to write me recommendations when I need them? Someone has to explain away my tenure as a student at Pacific.
Well, there is some good news in the midst of all this darkness. One of Russ’ former students has set-up RussDondero.com so that Oregon’s best known political junkie can blog. Head over and check out his first commentary on who won this month’s McCall Forum: The Prince of Darkness (Richard Pearle) or The Man (Howard Dean). For the record, I was in St. Louis and therefore unable to throw that shoe.
The truth is that Pacific simply won’t be able to replace Russ Dondero. He is a good man committed to education and the exchange of ideas. Russ – I’ll proudly point out – is a member of the United Church of Christ. I’m glad he is blogging so that we can keep up-to-date with his insights.