Ol’ Perfessor Glenn Reynolds argues that America needs a college dropout like Scott Walker in the White House dammit, because really we’re a country of
stupids rock-ribbed salt-of-the-earth types who need a stupid man of the people to lead us.
Though Walker attended Marquette University, he left before graduating, which has caused some finger-wagging from the usual journalistic suspects. After all, they seem to believe, everyone they know has a college degree, so it must be essential to getting ahead. As the successful governor of an important state, you’d think that Walker’s subsequent career would make his college degree irrelevant, but you’d be wrong.
And that’s why a President Walker would accomplish something worthwhile the moment he took office. Over the past few years in America, a college degree has become something valued more as a class signifier than as a source of useful knowledge. When Democratic spokesman Howard Dean (who himself was born into wealth) suggested that Walker’s lack of a degree made him unsuitable for the White House, what he really meant was that Walker is “not our kind, dear” — lacking the credential that many elite Americans today regard as essential to respectable status.
Instagoofball goes on like this for a while, but the bottom line is a tenured law professor is arguing that the leader of the free world really doesn’t need a degree because really, only elitists view “education” from a “university” or “college” as “valuable” compared to experienced governatin’.
In other words, America really needs to set its sights lower than that elitist Ivy League snob George W. Bush to get a Real American(tm) in the White House. He was terrible, so what we really need is somebody less educated than him.
Perhaps a Walker/Palin ticket would guarantee the lack of elitist thinking that’s been holding America back these last several decades. After all, if we can’t expect the President of the United States to finish college, why should we go out of our way to make sure any of you have the opportunity for it, either?
You don’t want to be an ivory tower egghead, do ya?