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Tea Party Ivy-Leaguer Beats Eric Cantor

In the moderate panic (are people who are really moderates supposed to panic?  isn’t that for emotionalist extremists? ) this is easy to overlook about Dave Brat, the Roman Catholic economic professor who upset Eric Cantor in the Republican primary for his U.S. House seat:

Brat, who is Catholic, got his masters from Princeton Theological Seminary, an institution that, according to its mission statement, “prepares women and men to serve Jesus Christ in ministries marked by faith, integrity, scholarship, competence, compassion, and joy, equipping them for leadership worldwide in congregations and the larger church, in classrooms and the academy, and in the public arena.”

First, I hope that my more liberal seminary academic friends note his Princeton pedigree.

Second, it’s getting to the point where the only way the Tea Party can really get ahead is to do it the same way everyone else does in politics: put up Ivy Leaguers.  The most famous Ivy Leaguer in the Tea Party is of course Ted Cruz, who (by virtue of his educational background) is probably the only Republican candidate with a shot at the White House in 2016.

That’s just the way it is in American politics.


2 Replies to “Tea Party Ivy-Leaguer Beats Eric Cantor”

  1. This guy Brat did his undergrad and Ph.D. at Hope College, Michigan and American University respectively. Princeton Theological Seminary is not part of Princeton University and has not been since 1812. Yes, there is some back and forth between the religion department and shared access to libraries, but I would be astonished if PTS had anywhere near the same admissions or academic standards as the university at the grad or undergrad levels. So if you’re arguing the the Tea Party is more Ivy League than Andrew Jackson, I suppose that’s true, but Brat with a campaign almost as cheap as Cantor’s steak bill is hardly Mr. Establishment.


    1. Note that Brat is hired by this Macon-Randolph College (named for the inimitable Jennings Randolph, perhaps?) with $500,000 provided by one John Allison on BB&T Bank. An amount which dwarfs even Eric Cantor’s steak budget!

      Where did Allison get the money — to pay for courses in “capitalism” Ayn Rand style– from? Why $3.1 billion in Bush bank bailouts. What else would one expect?

      “That’s just the way it is in American politics.”



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