As so many know by now, U.S. Senator John Walsh has discontinued his campaign for a full term. He will remain in the position to which he was appointed until January 2015. The negative public relations about his alleged plagiarism on a project for a master's degree seems to have done him in. Here is the coverage by the AP, posted in the New York Post.
Those of us who have taught college courses would tend to forgive Walsh, if the allegations are correct. We see it all the time. Human beings trying to navigate the world of scholarship are seduced by the convenience of "borrowing" others thoughts and words. It all seems so nice and easy.
Of course, there is usually a penalty associated with such a choice. But not often a severe one. Academia, for all its nutty protocol, seems to understand human nature. Alone in their rooms, tired and insecure, those human beings are likely to give in to their worst instincts.
The cloud over Walsh's head will pass. After that, he has a right to resume the momentum of his career.