The liberal media brotherhood. Jon Stewart, the funny but anti-Bush host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, is one of the most sought-after commencement speakers on the market; he will be speaking at both Princeton University and the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Va.). Tom Brokaw, whom Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund suggested might vie for a Democratic vice presidential nod in the upcoming election, will speak at Northwestern University in Chicago. Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times' liberal foreign affairs columnist, will speak at Washington University in St. Louis. Ted Koppel has not yet stated whether he will read a list of American soldiers killed in Afghanistan for his University of California at Berkeley commencement address. Strangely, prominent conservative/populist media people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Tony Snow and Bill O'Reilly are not scheduled to speak anywhere.
The liberal dingbats. The legendary thinker Bono, of U2, will speak at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Note to UPenn: Picking anyone with one name to give your commencement address is most likely a bad idea. Bradley Whitford, the actor who plays Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on the liberal propaganda show "The West Wing," will address graduating seniors at University of Wisconsin at Madison. Whitford campaigned for Al Gore during the 2000 election.
The radical writers society. August Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, is best described as a theatrical black separatist; he will be speaking at the University of Washington. Kurt Vonnegut, who is "mad about being old and mad about being an American," will talk to students at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Tony Kushner, the anti-capitalist, gay-activist playwright behind such works as "Angels in America," will speak at Columbia University in New York City.
The international contingent of the radical left. Emory University in Atlanta will welcome Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and ex-United Nations' high commissioner for human rights. Robinson routinely takes anti-America positions on foreign policy and is also the major-league anti-Semite who presided over the Jew-bashing "World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance" in South Africa. Harvard, not to be outdone, will have U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan speak to the graduating class.
The complete domination of leftist commencement speakers is more a symptom than a disease. Liberals dominate the faculties, administration and student body at virtually every major university in the United States. You would think that graduations, at least, would be non-political. But on campus, a day -- even graduation day -- without soapbox liberalism is a day without sunshine.