"Mr. Smith goes to Washington"

That is the title of an analysis of Smith's sudden departure from Illinois. Highlights:

* The museum was caught flat footed. They think they'll need six months to find a replacement.

* Smith has no consulting contracts with the Lincoln Library or Museum, the usual sign of an amicable separation.

* He has no job in hand; the George Mason business is a fellowship that pays $30,000 per year; he is leaving behind about $120,000 per year (not $300,000 as the article implies). ["Honey, pack your bags! We're going to live in D.C. on $30,000 per year!"]

Hat tip to the friendly reader who sent in this interesting link.