Bryan Alexander puts his blogging fingers to the pulse of the issue. This is a pitched battle for the survival of the idea of the university. If a big outfit like UCBerkeley is considering contraction, amalgamation, or the “Queen Sacrifice”, how far can any Kentucky university be from the same consideration. There is a call to action bubbling forth from some artisanal source. Perhaps the ley lines of state, local, and national politics are intertwingling in this election year for a perfect storm that swamps all boats. At the risk of being called a political naif, maybe it all depends in the near term on the fall election whether we all make it out in one piece.