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    :: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 ::
    So let me jot this down, pending comparison with the official hearing transcript:
    Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN: Is there a disproportionate number of Regent Law graduates at the Department of Justice?

    Monica Goodling: There are many more from Harvard and Yale.

    Rep. Cohen: That's very refreshing.
    Of course the correct expression is "Yale and Harvard," but I assume Miss G. will correct that in due course. The more important question is, what was Rep. Cohen thinking of? "Refreshing"?

    Obviously graduates of elite schools have the inside track, at DOJ as everywhere else -- but does Mr. Cohen mean that there is, or should be, some sort of rule to that effect? Like, an administration comes under suspicion of misconduct if its Yale-and-Harvard quotient at DOJ falls below some specified level?

    Or is the problem not under-representation of the big boys but over-representation of schools that don't have the advantage of centuries to boost their present standing?

    And Rep. Mike Pence, R-IN -- glad you liked your own Christian conservative school, but I would guess not everyone here would endorse the easy elision of those two terms. In that regard, I note the witness's interesting comparison of her year at American U. and her two years here.

    But look -- I can't believe the committee Democrats aren't getting competent political advice, and I can't believe competent political advice would tell Mr. Cohen to sound the elitist theme, or to make this about upstarts from Virginia Beach challenging their Ivy League betters. That may be red meat to some corners of the leftist blogosphere (those that are either elitist themselves, or are willing to turn elitist opportunistically), but I can't believe it plays well with the general voting public.

    :: David M. Wagner 1:05 PM [+] ::

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