Remember when Wick pointed out that SMU was all set to give Eddie Bernice Johnson a distinguished alumni award? Turns out, no so much. Johnson appears to have been bumped from this year’s list of recipients. I’ve called SMU to get the back story on that bumping.
Update (5 p.m.): Kent Best, SMU’s executive director of news and communications, tells me that Johnson had to withdraw from the program because of a scheduling conflict. He says this happens from time to time and that her honor will be deferred to a later date that has yet to be determined. I asked him if the date had yet to be determined because we don’t know yet whether Johnson will be facing a grand jury. To his credit, Best did not laugh. No matter. I laughed heartily enough at my joke for both of us. Anyway, kudos to Johnson for coming up with the scheduling conflict that will save her alma mater the embarrassment of honoring her. Maybe she’s not the worst grandmother in America after all.