Let’s be very clear about one thing: We respect the academic study of home economics.
We’re just wondering why Dave Spence, a Republican candidate for governor of Missouri, seems embarrassed about his own bachelor of science degree in that field. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mr. Spence, who majored in family economics and management, claims on his campaign Web site that he holds a degree in economics.
According to the University of Missouri at Columbia, Mr. Spence earned his bachelor of science degree in home economics in 1981. Mr. Spence told the paper on Monday that he chose home economics because his grades did not permit him to enter the business school. “I’ll make fun of myself,” he said. “I was a 60-watt bulb in a 100-watt society.”
We’re sincerely hoping that this gaffe doesn’t disqualify Mr. Spence from holding office. If nothing else, he’d have a strong domestic policy.