Thursday, February 03, 2011

Gist Bound

I don't expect Governor Chafee or his new Board of Regents to expend political capital actively firing or pushing Commissioner Gist out. I suspect she'll leave on her own when she's offered the right job. I don't have a lot of insight into the internal employment politics of the reform keiretsu, but clearly, losing politically is not necessarily bad for your career; it just proves how hardcore you really are.

One thing for sure is that this whole graduation requirements fiasco was well timed to diminish hand-wringing about the departure of the current board or, by extension, Gist. There are thousands of Rhode Islanders who distrust them today who'd never given the matter much thought as recently as a month ago.

Plus, it is hard to say how she'll respond to the new board. Up to now, but the Regents and the feds marching orders for her could be summarized as "Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!." It isn't like she's been freelancing, or even coming up with original ideas. She might just adapt to a more moderate context. I don't know.

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