Why Does Obama Keep Hiring Smart People? Jeez.

1 comment December 7th, 2008at 01:44pm Posted by Eli

Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of a lot of Obama’s appointments so far, but it’s sure as hell not because they’re too smart and edumacated…

All told, of Obama’s top 35 appointments so far, 22 have degrees from an Ivy League school, MIT, Stanford, the University of Chicago or one of the top British universities. For the other slots, the president-elect made do with graduates of Georgetown and the Universities of Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina.

While Obama’s picks have been lauded for their ethnic and ideological mix, they lack diversity in one regard: They are almost exclusively products of the nation’s elite institutions and generally share a more intellectual outlook than is often the norm in government….


But skeptics say Obama’s predilection for big thinkers with dazzling résumés carries risks, noting, for one, that several of President John F. Kennedy’s “best and brightest” led the country into the Vietnam War. Obama is to be credited, skeptics say, for bringing with him so few political acquaintances from Illinois. But, they say, his team reflects its own brand of insularity, drawing on the world that Obama entered as an undergraduate at Columbia and in which he later rose to eminence as president of the Harvard Law Review and as a law professor at the University of Chicago.


The Ivy-laced network taking hold in Washington is drawing scorn from many conservatives, who have in recent decades decried the leftward drift of academia and cast themselves as defenders of regular Americans against highbrow snobbery. Joseph Epstein wrote in the latest Weekly Standard — before noting that former president Ronald Reagan went to Eureka College — that “some of the worst people in the United States have gone to the Harvard or Yale Law Schools . . . since these institutions serve as the grandest receptacles in the land for our good students: those clever, sometimes brilliant, but rarely deep young men and women who, joining furious drive to burning if ultimately empty ambition, will do anything to get ahead.”

The libertarian University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein, who is not related to Joseph Epstein, worries that the team’s exceptionalism could lead to overly complex policies. “They are really smart people, but they will never take an obvious solution if they can think of an ingenious one. They’re all too clever by half,” he said. “These degrees confer knowledge but not judgment. Their heads are on grander themes . . . and they’ll trip on obstacles on the ground.”

Damn those stoopit smart people!  We need more government by the rich and stupid, of the rich and stupid, and for the rich and stupid, because that worked out so well for us over the last eight years.

Seriously, where Obama’s choices like Summers, Rubin, Geithner, Clinton, and probably Holder, have been problematic, it’s not because they’re members of the educational and intellectual elite, it’s because they’re members of the establishment and corporate elite.  But that’s not something the media would ever acknowledge to be a problem, so instead they complain, absurdly, that Obama’s picks are too educated.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Cujo359  |  December 10th, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Yes, because with the bunch of demi-wits we’ve had in charge for the last decade, there hasn’t been any tripping over obstacles on the ground, now, has there?

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