Sunday, November 18, 2007

The 2008 President Race - Some Tidbits...

You've all probably heard the joke about the agnostic dyslexic insomniac who used to lie awake in bed at night and wonder if there was a dog. But did you know he was running for president? Okay, I don't really know how well Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) sleeps at night. And he's a Unitarian, not an Agnostic. But he is dyslexic.

There's a lot we don't know about this batch of presidential candidates. The information is out there; it just doesn't seem to float to the top very often. Maybe that's because it doesn't really matter much (or matters less tan it used to, at least). Here's another example....

Almost everyone is away that candidate Mitt Romney (R-Mass.)is a Mormon. What rarely gets mentioned is that the wife of candidate Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Jackie Marie Clegg Dodd, is also a Mormon. Dodd's father was a U.S. Senator. In 1970, Dodd, a Catholic, married his father's speech writer, Susan Mooney. They divorced in 1982. Dodd dated for 17 years; his romantic interests included Bianca Jagger (Ex-wife of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger) and Carrie Fisher (who player Princess Leia in Start Wars). The in 1999 he married Clegg.

If you had to guess which presidential candidate was the bass player for a band that had opened for or played with stars like Willie Nelson, REO Speedwagon, Charlie Daniels, Alabama, and Grand Funk Railroad, who would you pick? Would it confuse you more if I told you the candidate was a Republican? Mike Huckabee is the answer. The former Arkansas governor is a blues and rock band leader as well as an ordained Southern Baptist minister (he went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas).

There are 17 declared candidate in the two major parties. Where did your favorite go to college?

Hillary (D-NY) went to an all-girls school, Wellesley College, before doing her law degree at Yale (ironically, the alma mater of our current president). On the other hand, Romney, Obama (D-Ill.), and GOP hopeful Alan Keyes all get their last degree at Harvard. So will the fact that Harvard beat Yale this year make a difference in the campaign?

Here's a list:

  • Joe Biden when to the University of Delaware and did his law degree at Syracuse University.
  • Chris Dodd went to Providence College before doing his law degree at the University of Louisville.
  • John Edwards (D-NC) started at Clemson, graduate from North Carolina State, and did his law degree at the University of North Carolina.
  • Rudi Giuliani (R-NY) went to Manhattan College and on to New York University School of Law.
  • Mike Gravel went to Columbia University.
  • Mike Huckabee did his undergraduate work at Ouachita Baptist University.
  • Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) got his BA and his law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.
  • Alan Keyes did his undergraduate work at Cornell.
  • Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) went to Case Western Reserve University.
  • John McCain (R-AZ) went to the Naval Academy.
  • Ron Paul (R-Texas) went to Gettysburg College before getting his medical degree from Duke.
  • Romney attended Stanford, but ended up doing his undergraduate work at Brigham Young.
  • Obama finished up his undergraduate work at Columbia University before going on to Harvard.
  • Bill Richardson (D-NM) went to Tufts University.
  • Tom Tancredo (R-CO) went to the University of Northern Colorado.
  • Fred Thompson (R-TN) got his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and did his law degree at Vanderbilt.
That's eleven lawyers, one doctor, two soldier, one minister, one Peace Corp volunteer, one real live knight, one actor, and one real estate agent.

Other tidbits worth mentioning:

Ron Paul is a Republican, but he is also a member of the Libertarian Party. Bill Richardson was a French major in college. Mitt Romney's father ran for president in 1968. Duncan Hunter won a Bronze Star in Nam as an Army Ranger and went to college on the GI Bill. Rudi Giuliani was knighted by Quenn Elizabeth. And Fred Thompson was the GOP mole in the Watergate Hearings.


Alexander said...

Tancredo was a middle school teacher who taught civics. After challenging his students to get involved in politics,they answered him by insisting he run for office. The rest is history and we can all thank Tancredo for highlighting the problems of massive illegal immigration and helping defeat Shamnesty.

ryanshaunkelly said...

Colbert gravel kucinich paul nader perot carter [conyers?rangel?] united for truth elicit fear smear blacklist.

The people know too much,
democracy rising democracy now.
Rage against the machine.

Honesty compassion intelligence guts.

No more extortion blackmail bribery division.
Divided we fall.

Greg_Cruey said...


You seem to be saying that you don't really care which political party the next president is from as long as they're a bonafide fruit loop. (I'm not sure which Carter you're referring to; hopefully you don't put Jimmy Carter in with this group).

I'm curious about your grammar and sentence construction: are you stoned or just off your meds?

Lynn S said...

Wellesley's a women's college, not an "all-girls school." We didn't brush eachother's hair and talk about boys, we got serious educations. And, contrary to popular belief, we didn't have naked pillow fights or makeup parties. Well, not regularly.

Greg_Cruey said...

Hi Lynn,

As a card carrying Democrat who has said clearly in a previous blog post that I could vote for Hillary, I can assure you that I meant no disrespect to Wellesley. My choice of wording throughout the piece was meant to convey an informal tone.

One of my own daughters played NCAA soccer at Hollins University, a "female students only institution" in Virginia. I taught a few classes at Virginia Intermont and worked for that institution for a couple of years; while it is coed now, it was a young ladies only institution for over a century. My Granddad, Harlan Walls, was a trustee there and endowed a scholarship at the institution.

Without in any way denigrating the quality of education obtained at such institutions, at the age of 47 I feel as though I have the right to think of 17 to 22 year old female college students as "girls" if I like. They maintain a capability for juvenile behavior until at least the time they approach graduation.

I'd like to think of college (any college) as a transition from youth to adulthood for both boys and girls (which is what they start out as, in my mind, when they enter college). If that makes me some kind of chauvinist, misogynistic pig, oh well...

Lynn S said...

Hi Greg,

I was only being righteously indignant. There's no lasting burn of misogyny, so fear not. Off to blaze some hills for Hill..


Greg_Cruey said...

LOL. Okay...

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