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Kathleen Sebelius

'Distraction' or failed leadership?

'Distraction' or failed leadership?

The list of offenses committed by newly departed Mount St. Mary's University president Simon Newman is a long one — seeking to push out academically struggling first-year students early in the fall term to improve the school's rankings; comparing those he would target to bunnies in need of drowning or having a Glock put to their heads; then firing two professors and demoting the provost after he was criticized for the statement and the policy it reflected. To that, we would add one more: Saying he resigned because "the recent publicity relating to my leadership [had] become too great a distraction."

Put another way, he's saying, "I'm not the problem. It's you and your...