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Ann Coulter mocks education of Republican establishment

Ivy League graduate Ann Coulter writes:

At what point in Donald Trump’s inaugural address do you figure the GOP establishment will finally grasp what’s been happening?

The establishment, not “elites” because they’re mostly bland functionaries who went to third-rate schools — have thrown absolutely everything they have at Trump. I’ve never seen so many Republicans featured on MSNBC.

At least no one will be able to say the Republican National Committee didn’t give it the old college try (and, again, that would be third-rate colleges).

Ha ha.

Maybe the reason why the Republican Party establishment has been so clueless is because they just don’t have very smart people in the establishment? And maybe that’s why they are rallying behind a loser like Rubio who attended Tarkio College and Santa Fe Community College?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 21, 2015 at 3:08 pm

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  1. Follow the money. Republican consultants, win or lose, make tons of money on elections with their “advice.” How are they going to make money if Trump is the nominee? They won’t. Hence the hate.

    ASF

    December 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm

  2. “Maybe the reason why the Republican Party establishment has been so clueless is because they just don’t have very smart people in the establishment? Maybe the reason why the Republican Party establishment has been so clueless is because they just don’t have very smart people in the establishment? “

    IHTG

    December 21, 2015 at 3:36 pm

  3. Were your smart readers supposed to catch the repeated sentence?

    DdR

    December 21, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  4. It’s a point she made before at greater length in a different article a few months ago:

    “This is the problem with using the word “elites” to refer to Republican Party apparatchiks: They’re all such utter mediocrities.

    I don’t mean to be unkind. It’s simply a fact.

    Trump graduated from the Wharton School of Business and went on to make $11 billion. Carson went from Yale to the University of Michigan Medical School and was the first man to separate twins conjoined at the brain. Fiorina graduated from Stanford University and then earned $80 million in business.

    By contrast, look up the educational achievement of the average pundit sneering at Trump’s idiocy and the ordinariness of his supporters. I won’t be as nasty as they are, but wow! – people who went to bush league schools shouldn’t throw stones. There’s nothing wrong with attending a bush-league college. But maybe ease up on holding yourself out as a great intellectual appalled by the dirty masses if you went to a third-rate college in the era of need-blind admissions.

    These guys damn well better be good at what they do. But, to the contrary, Republican insiders are the Washington Generals to the Democrats’ Harlem Globetrotters. They enjoy being good losers. That’s their job.

    The consultant class wants a neat, static world, where nothing ever changes. They produce an occasional tepid victory to create the illusion of a two-party system. But like Arafat with the PLO, Republican insiders don’t actually want to govern. The organization itself has become the cause — not the purported goals of the organization. Just keep the donations rolling in. ”

    http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2015-09-23.html

    Hepp

    December 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    • I generally find AC to be a vapid bitch, but that was actually really good.

      Houser

      December 22, 2015 at 11:53 am

  5. “And maybe that’s why they are rallying behind a loser like Rubio who attended Tarkio College and Santa Fe Community College?”

    Rubio’s family had moved to Florida and he attended Tarkio College on a Football Scholarship 1989-90. Not clear why Rubio transfered to Santa Fe Community College in Florida. Could be he was cut by the Football team, but Tarkio College declared bankruptcy in 1991 so maybe they could not afford Football Scholarships anymore. Santa Fe Community College was probably the cheapest option.

    Rubio then transferred to the University of Florida and graduated in 1993. He graduated from University of Miami School of Law in 1996.

    I’m guessing Rubio went to Tarkio College because of the Football Scholarship. His parents could not afford to send him to an elite school or almost any good school. I’m wondering how he went to University of Miami School of Law. It is not close to a top 20 law school, but it is still expensive. Probably this is where Rubio got all his student debt he is still trying to pay off.

    mikeca

    December 21, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    • “he attended Tarkio College on a Football Scholarship 1989-90”

      Given that he was (1) an athlete; and (2) a minority, he should have gotten into a decent college, unless he had really low SAT scores.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      • Your error, as always, is that you assume that everyone believes in the same status hierarchy as you do; that, starting around the age of 15, they should have organized their lives around your status hierarchy; and that their failure to do so reveals immutable, essentialist character flaws for which no amount of post-educational achievement can compensate.

        That may be the world in your head and around your apartment, but it’s not the world most people live in.

        JA

        December 21, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      • Not sure I would have been as brutally blunt as JA was here, but I agree with the essence of his comment. It is easy to forget that the status of the college you get into is determined by what you did between the ages of 14 and 18, or basically 14-16 since if you do only modestly well for the first two years of high school your shot at a high status school is gone (apart from some very special circumstances.) A tremendous number of people hardly know which end is up between the ages of 14 and 16. Without at least one parent who is future-oriented and willing to keep after you to do well you have no chance for a selective college. Also, the parents have to know exactly HOW to guide their children. An example: I once knew a teenage boy who was studying for the SAT by just going through the dictionary and selecting words he thought might be on the test. Apparently it didn’t occur to anyone in his family that there were books of SAT vocabulary words that would be a better way to spend his study-time. Getting a child into a highly selective school is very similar to trying to get him into the Olympics. We should only expect that a handful of intelligent people will be doing this for their kids. Most intelligent people just aim for their kids to go to any college and graduate.

        Maryk

        December 21, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    • Both the University of Florida and University of Miami are consistently ranked as top 50 national universities. Both are excellent schools. UF and UM are not Ivy League but they are Tier One Research universities. Can anyone tell me why everyone on here is so convinced that these colleges suck and that Rubio is a moron?

      B.T.D.T.

      December 21, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      • The university of Florida is the best public school in Florida. Thats not much to brag about, especially a loophole transfer case like Rubio.

        The University of Miami got transformed into its current status as a safety school for dumb rich private school kids from the northeast when Donna Shalala took over in 1998. Rubio went to football mad out of control party school UM.

        Rotten

        December 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      • Rubio doesn’t seem that bright to me but it is 30 degrees outside so I don’t blame him for staying in Florida.

        mark

        December 21, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      • It was Tad Foote, not Donna Shalala, who transformed UM from “Suntan U” to a reasonably respected institution of higher learning. That process began in the early 1980’s and was an accomplished fact by the mid 90’s when Rubio attended the Law School. Shalala (who came on in 2001, not 98) improved the reputation of the undergraduate and particularly the medical school even more, but the lack of attention she paid the Law School was a contentious issue during her tenure and I don’t think anybody would argue UM Law is any better regarded today than it was when Rubio graduated. UM Law was and is a good not great law school popular among well off local Cubans and Jewish kids that didn’t inherit the smarts of their parents.

        PerezHBD

        December 21, 2015 at 10:30 pm

  6. Then it’s good that the Republican establishment is not too sharp. If they were smarter they would be that much more effective in screwing us over.

    I’m hoping that over time, demographic pressure alone – with Hispanics and Blacks demanding and getting more power in the Democratic party – will have a similar, salutary effect on the Democrats. Hoping, that is. Anyway, the wealthy and powerful will find some way to channel their interests.

    Daniel

    December 21, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    • “If they were smarter they would be that much more effective in screwing us over.”

      Yes, that’s what the Democrats are good at.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  7. LoTB,

    Yes. Unfortunately that is correct. It wasn’t always that way (pre-1960s Republicans were certainly the smarter of the two in general). However, if you go to the elite areas of the country, which in general have the bulk of the cognitive elite, they tend to be more democratic, which even includes the high income suburbs.

    BUT……if you look at the trends of the next generation, the alternative right is wayyyyy smarter than the alternative left. Go on any alt-right website (at least the ones that don’t blame everything on the Joos) and the level of content and analysis is extremely high.

    But to go back to your original post, yes, the Democratic establishment is smarter than the Republican establishment and Ann Coulter knows this. She was probably the most vociferous opponent of Harriet Miers on the Right. She knows that Marco Rubio is just not much of an intellect. Paul Ryan isn’t much of an intellect either.

    Also, I promised that I would do this last week but I’m going to post some updates from the front lines of low wage labor undermining American wages. I’ll write it in another comment.

    JerseyGuy

    December 21, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    • “Also, I promised that I would do this last week but I’m going to post some updates from the front lines of low wage labor undermining American wages. I’ll write it in another comment.”

      I look forward to reading it.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 21, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    • “Go on any alt-right website (at least the ones that don’t blame everything on the Joos) and the level of content and analysis is extremely high.”

      Unfortunately, it’s not the content of one’s blog but the pedigree of their formal education. Having said that, many alt-righters appear to have some kind of tech-y job, which isn’t fluff. My old co-blogger TGGP is a coder somewhere in Chicago e.g.

      Dain

      December 21, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    • “BUT……if you look at the trends of the next generation, the alternative right is wayyyyy smarter than the alternative left. Go on any alt-right website (at least the ones that don’t blame everything on the Joos) and the level of content and analysis is extremely high.”

      It’s a mixed bag, like on the left the alt-right has a lot of idiots who are trumped up by a counter-cultural ideology and can’t tell how stupid they sound. And then there are truly outstanding sources like this blog and others, and especially Steve Sailer who overall might be the best commentator anywhere.

      A lot of the alt-right is pretty dumb on economics too — too linked with libertarianism.

      chairman

      December 21, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    • The main reason why Republican operatives are not of the same caliber as their Democrat counterparts is that most elite conservatives gravitate toward the private sector. Conservative Ivy grads are headed to corporate America where they can rake in the big money. They don’t care about government.

      Young liberals are passionate about government and they get on that track from an early age. All the model UN/International Relations/State Department wannabees are future Democrats.

      B.T.D.T.

      December 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    • It really depends on the alt-right website. Stormfront is full of really, really dumb people.

      I mean, there were a couple of guys I found intellectually impressive like Mencius Moldbug and Roissy/Chateau Heartiste (who’s later gotten a lot sloppier as he’s gotten more political IMHO–there was a post on ‘benevolent sexism’ that basically said the opposite of what the paper he cited actually said). But a lot of the commenters are really dumb. I agree Sailer’s really smart, but some of the guys on Unz are really nothing to write home about.

      SFG

      December 23, 2015 at 7:06 am

  8. I guess that would make the Democratic establishment even dumber for thinking someone with as much baggage as Hilary is electable.

    Rosenmops

    December 21, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    • I guess that would make the Democratic establishment even dumber for thinking someone with as much baggage as Hilary is electable.

      Or Obama who has inspired Americans to given the Republicans massive gains all over America, not just the house and senate.

      Rifleman

      December 21, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      • Hillary would trounce Jeb Bush. Democrats are right. But they didn’t anticipate Trump who is the only Republican who can get blue-collar whites who normally vote Democratic or don’t vote at all to cast their vote for Trump.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      • Lion: I really think that 10 – 20% of the normally Republican voters would vote for Hillary to prevent President Trump. We saw them do the same thing just recently in France and they did a similar thing in Canada a few years back.

        Of course, Trump would get some crossover Dem votes and bring in up to 10 million more new voters, but not enough to get a majority.

        Otis the Sweaty

        December 21, 2015 at 6:36 pm

  9. For the average layperson in Meriprolestan, credentials of candidates from both parties are not relevant. We have 2 gangs ru(i)nning our country, or a snake with 2 heads giving you a helluva time.

    JS

    December 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm

  10. Being a declared Republican while in college is so declasse that a halfway intelligent young person can easily get on by volunteer work and hire on a a congressional staff. Chief of staff to candidate to pol…I see it happen all the time but the guys are simple minded or too clever by half.

    We’ve had some dreadful minor scandals in my state involving eager over-promoted College Republicans who couldn’t strategize their way out of the back of a pickup truck. This has left us with a short bench of pols to run for governor or Congress. Really a sucky situation.

    Mrs Stitch

    December 21, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    • …oh and there is definitely a fey streak among mama’s-boy CRs. More scandals in waiting.

      Mrs Stitch

      December 21, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      • A “fey” streak – now there’s a word you don’t hear often. A bunch of faeries are they?

        Graf von Jung

        December 22, 2015 at 10:23 am

  11. I didn’t know Rubio went to community college. Incidentally, he also has a brother-in-law named Orlando who was a drug dealer and went to prison:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3358281/Marco-Rubio-s-brother-law-man-international-drug-smuggling-ring-led-leopard-loving-cocaine-cowboy-kingpin-mansion-filled-big-cats-giraffe.html

    So Rubio would be the most downscale, prole president in American history.

    Tom

    December 22, 2015 at 1:54 am

    • What about Truman?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 22, 2015 at 8:57 am

    • Don’t forget LBJ. Born poor, Southern Baptist, went to Southwest Texas State Normal School (fourth rate votech college). Always resented the highbrow Kennedys and snooty Eastern Establishment “eggheads”, who despised him.

      Tarl

      December 22, 2015 at 10:37 am

      • Truman was born in 1884. LBJ in 1908. Back then few people went to college.

        Tom

        December 22, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      • FDR went to Harvard. Herbert Hoover went to Stanford. Calvin Coolidge went to Amherst. Warren Gamaliel Harding went to Ohio Central College. (Yes, a bogus college, but at least he went to college. Nevertheless, he was known for not being that smart, which is why he appointed a bunch of his cronies who took advantage of him and led to the Teapot Dome scandal. But he had a cool Jewish middle name and he was the first president to visit Alaska.) Woodrow Wilson went to Princeton.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 22, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      • Truman was born in 1884. LBJ in 1908. Back then few people went to college.

        Back in the day, not many people went to college. So “not going to college” wasn’t as much of a prole marker as today. Nonetheless, those guys were recognizably prole even despite their crappy educations, which were just another strike against them in the eyes of the elite.

        Tarl

        December 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm


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