I bet some of my Democratic friends will object to this:

September 12th, 2008

Found at An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings:

The Democrat Party has become the Lawyers’ Party. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are lawyers. Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama are lawyers. John Edwards, viagra generic medical the other former Democrat candidate for president, cialis usa cialis is a lawyer, and so is his wife, Elizabeth. Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate). Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school. Look at the Democrat Party in Congress: the Majority Leader in each house is a lawyer.

The Republican Party is different. President Bush and Vice President Cheney were not lawyers, but businessmen. The leaders of the Republican Revolution were not lawyers. Newt Gingrich was a history professor; Tom Delay was an exterminator; and, Dick Armey was an economist.

House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastics manufacturer, not a lawyer. The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.

Who was the last Republican President who was a lawyer? Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a sitting President, running against Ronald Reagan in 1976. The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work.

The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers.

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  • 1. grumps  |  September 12th, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Did anybody ask Paul Bucher for his take on this?

  • 2. capper  |  September 12th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Most of the founding fathers were also lawyers.

    Secondly, Bush was not just a business man, but a failed businessman.

  • 3. elliot  |  September 13th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    I don’t typically play “gotcha,” but I’m not sure that’s true, Cap.

    From Wikipedia:

    The 1787 delegates practiced a wide range of high and middle-status occupations, and many pursued more than one career simultaneously. They did not differ dramatically from the Loyalists, except they were generally younger and less senior in their professions.[6] Thirty-five were lawyers or had benefited from legal education, though not all of them relied on the profession for a livelihood. Some had also become judges.[7]

    * At the time of the convention, 13 men were merchants: Blount, Broom, Clymer, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Shields, Gilman, Gorham, Langdon, Robert Morris, Pierce, Sherman, and Wilson.
    * Six were major land speculators: Blount, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Gorham, Robert Morris, and Wilson.
    * Eleven speculated in securities on a large scale: Bedford, Blair, Clymer, Dayton, Fitzsimons, Franklin, King, Langdon, Robert Morris, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and Sherman.
    * Twelve owned or managed slave-operated plantations or large farms: Bassett, Blair, Blount, Butler, Carroll, Jenifer, Mason, Charles Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Rutledge, Spaight, and Washington. Madison also owned slaves, as did Franklin, who later freed his slaves and became an abolitionist.
    * Broom and Few were small farmers.
    * Eight of the men received a substantial part of their income from public office: Baldwin, Blair, Brearly, Gilman, Livingston, Madison, and Rutledge.
    * Three had retired from active economic endeavors: Franklin, McHenry, and Mifflin.
    * Franklin and Williamson were scientists, in addition to their other activities.
    * McClurg, McHenry, and Williamson were physicians, and Johnson was a college president.

    And, of course, Washington was a General and a farmer. Franklin was an author, printer and scientist.

    Certainly, some of our greatest Presidents were lawyers: Jefferson and Lincoln to name, two, but I don’t think it’s accurate to say most of the Founding Fathers were lawyers. :)

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