Tom Rants

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Tom Rants Default Yale is taking over the country!

Yale is taking over the country!

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.

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