What? How can that be?
Conservatives have spent a fortune sending spokesmen like Charlie Kirk, Candace Owens and Dinesh D'Souza to speak on college campuses, so why would …
Oh. Right. Yep, I see it now.https://t.co/c0FQ6FYJgB
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 13, 2019
Both Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg "have made braininess central to their political brand," argues @PeterBeinart. "And it’s working—a fact that offers a window into the changing culture of the Democratic Party." https://t.co/UxSwguIhqD
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) June 15, 2019
Peter Beinart’s article is not as silly as the headline makes it sound. “Braininess Is Now the Brand”:
Among the biggest surprises of the Democratic presidential campaign so far are the rise of Pete Buttigieg and the resurgence of Elizabeth Warren, both of whom, according to a new Des Moines Register poll, have moved into a virtual tie for second place in Iowa with Bernie Sanders. In many ways, the Buttigieg and Warren phenomena are distinct: Buttigieg promises generational change; Warren is almost 70. Buttigieg emphasizes his success in a conservative state; Warren stresses her willingness to challenge corporate power. Buttigieg has become a darling of the big donors whom Warren eschews.
What unites them, and separates them from Sanders and Joe Biden, is their unabashed intellectualism. Both have made braininess central to their political brand. And it’s working—a fact that offers a window into the changing culture of the Democratic Party…
It’s not unusual for Democratic presidential candidates to have impressive resumes. Bill Clinton is a Rhodes Scholar; Barack Obama was the president of the Harvard Law Review. Cory Booker and Julián Castro attended Stanford; Amy Klobuchar went to Yale. In fact, every president since Ronald Reagan has been a product of the Ivy League.
What’s new is that Warren and Buttigieg are leaning into their credentialed intellectualism rather than worrying that it will make them appear elitist….
… As late as 1994, according to the Pew Research Center, voters who had graduated from college were 15 points more likely to identify as Republicans than Democrats, and voters with graduate degrees were almost evenly split between the two parties. By 2017, college graduates’ partisan leanings had flipped: They now favored Democrats by 15 points. Among Americans with graduate degrees, the shift has been even starker. The Democratic advantage, which stood at two points in 1994, had grown to 32 points by 2017.
As a result, the educational composition of the two parties has diverged. From 1997 to 2017, the share of registered Republican voters who finished college stayed the same. Among Democrats, it rose by 15 points. This shift has influenced the way the two parties see education itself. In 2010, Democrats were seven points more likely than Republicans to say that colleges and universities have a positive effect on America. By 2017, they were 36 points more likely…
It’s likely Republicans would try to turn intellectualism into a negative for either Warren or Buttigieg. After all, the general electorate is neither as highly educated nor as favorably disposed toward higher education as Democratic primary voters. It’s a tactic that’s worked in the past. What’s harder to know is what will happen if a Democratic nominee wears these attacks as a badge of honor. To the debates over whether America is ready for a woman or a gay president, Warren and Buttigieg are adding an additional wrinkle: Is it ready for a nerd president, too?
Media Village Idiots: Black people can’t be nerds…
Imagine the frustration of the Harris camp when the same media talks about Pete as if he is above her in the polling? He seems be the alternative to Biden the media has decided upon.
— Sacheen Mobley (@drsacmob) June 16, 2019
Obama's braininess made him "aloof", but now braininess is good! pic.twitter.com/yMwaAYhpxv
— Tzippy Shmilovitz (@Tzipshmil) June 16, 2019
As opposed to Hillary Clinton?! Democrats have always, every single time chosen smart. What changed was Republicans openly embracing anti-intellectualism, anti-science, anti-intelligence all in the name of a POTUS and base they could cravenly manipulate.
— Tami Garvin (@TeeGarvin) June 16, 2019