The Palladium-Item is reporting that William Kristol, neocon editor of the Weekly Standard and member in good standing of the chattering classes was assaulted by a pie while engaging in a debate at Earlham College. I certainly have my reservations about Mr. Kristol’s views, but hurling projectiles during a debate is unacceptable. That seems to have been the general attitude of the audience and the college. The pie-thrower was booed and later identified and suspended. Questioners and faculty alike apologized to Mr. Kristol.
Update 4/8/05Over at In the Agora Zach Wendling offers some commentary on the recent midwestern college spate of throwing food at conservative speakers: pie on Kristol at Earlham, pie on Horwitz at Butler, and salad dressing on Buchanan at Eastern Michigan. Meanwhile, Taking Down Words offers its preferred list of things to throw at conservative speakers.