I think the major political contests in this country could be decided by a vote of the Yale fraternity system.
George W. Bush, US President – “He received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1968…”
John F. Kerry, presumptive Democratic nominee for US President – “A graduate of Yale University, John Kerry entered the Navy after graduation…”
Bill Clinton, immediate past President of the United States – “After earning a law degree from Yale University in 1973, he returned to his home state and taught law at the University of Arkansas.”
John Ashcroft, US Attorney General – “was raised in Springfield, Missouri, where he attended public schools until enrolling at Yale University, where he graduated with honors in 1964.”
John Danforth (nominee for UN Ambassador) – “graduated, Princeton University 1958 and Yale University Law School and Yale Divinity School 1963.”
Dick Cheney, US Vice President – “1963 Drops out of Yale.” (Guess that’s why he’s only Vice President.)
Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense – Didn’t attend Yale, but “Dr. Wolfowitz taught previously at Yale (1970-73) …”
John Snow, Secretary of Treasury – “He also served as a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in 1977 and a Distinguished Fellow at the Yale School of Management from 1978 until 1980.”
Not a Yalie (as far as I can tell):
George Tenet, outgoing Director of Central Intelligence – “Mr. Tenet holds a B.S.F.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an M.I.A. from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University.”
Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor. Uh-oh. That’s not good. Rice 2008!
Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense – I think it’s illegal for them to make him leave Washington though. I think he has tenure after 47 years – “In 1957, he came to Washington, DC to serve as Administrative Assistant to a Congressman.” This guy is almost as old as Bob Dole!
Karl Rove – “Attended nearly half a dozen colleges without getting a degree.” Not sure if Yale was one of them, but I knew I liked this guy.
Ann Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture.
Gale Norton, Interior Secretary.
Don Evans, Secretary of Commerce. (But he went to University of Texas – same as one of the Bush twins. New Haven-Austin axis just doesn’t have the same ring as Boston-Austin, does it?)
Elaine Chao, Secretary of Labor – not a Yalie, but, “Secretary Chao is married to the Majority Whip of the United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.”
Rod Paige, Secretary of Education – apparently they didn’t want to trust education to someone educated at Yale.
Colin Powell, Secretary of State – the only really significant non-Yale connected Cabinet member, but he had his pick of jobs on the power of the public’s (mis) perception of him.
Spencer Abraham, Secretary of Energy – not a Yalie and, in the one post where I’d definitely expect a Texan, not a Texan.
Norman Mineta, Secretary of Transportation – not a Yalie and doesn’t understand why a Mohammed might deserve more scrutiny than a Susie in the airport line. Couldn’t we move Paul Wolfowitz to a full Cabinet level post? I know you hate to waste the Yalies on something like this, but really…
Tommy Thompson, Sec. of HHS – Education: B.S. 1963, J.D. 1966, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tom Ridge, Dept. of Homeland Security – Not a Yalie. And a “big tent” Republican as I recall. Apparently the Big Tent has room for a few non-Yalies.
Anthonty Principi, Sec. of Veterans Affairs – Mr. Principi is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. This wasn’t a cabinet level department until fairly recently.
Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of HUD – educated at Missouri’s Washington University. Ran a $13 billion utility in Texas. Not sure why he isn’t Secretary of Energy.