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For another analogy — perhaps better suited to the political junkies who visit this website — imagine Ted Kennedy waddling from stage-left to a raised lectern at a news conference and denouncing the Bush administration for their amicus brief against racial preferences at the University of Michigan.
Ted Kennedy behind a lectern at age 70 — that’s the tenure system: a bloated, debauched, tired bundle of superannuated ideas slurred in a peculiar accent.
No analogy is perfect, though. The tenure system is quite a bit older than 70 and not about to fade away anytime soon.