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dems and ivies August 5, 2007

Posted by AP in 2008 Elections, politics.

this article from realclearpolitics (a conservative news blog) points out that John Edwards

didn’t go to Harvard or Yale…. you’d have to go back to 1984 to find a Democratic nominee (Walter Mondale) who didn’t attend one of those elite universities for either college or graduate school.

any thoughts on whether this is evidence of a network effect in party politics, or simply an indicator of candidate ability?



1. agarvin - August 9, 2007

It’s a little of both. Smart people are more likely to be liberal than conservative, on average. This is probably a) naturally linked – since people with critical thinking skills and a view of the world are more likely to see that things are messed up/wrong and thus have a bleeding heart, but also b) a consequence of network effects. So my opinion would be that since only white people could run for president, and the only politically viable white people in the dem base are the really smart ones that are in with the other smart white people, that therefore most dem candidates have come from the ivies.

Now, what do you think the similar stat is for republican candidates?

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