A few items are appropriate to begin. First some of my readers noted my silence of the last week and thought the Grim Reaper had visited me. Alas, for the Democrat party, I am still hale and hearty. The University migrated its email server “to the cloud” and to say it has been a disaster would be an understatement. What a mess and it isn’t solved yet.
Second, this has been a week where I wanted to throw up my hands in despair and considered ending The Rugged Individualist. Donald Trump is no mainstream politician. It’s one of the reasons he was elected. However, he is becoming his own worst enemy – and that is saying something for a man who has more political enemies in Washington and the media than any elected official in living memory.
But it occurred to me as I listened to this week’s news that Democrats differed from Mr. Trump in a very significant way. Mr. Trump in not a lawyer. I wish to state that I have nothing against lawyers. As a person who works in the arena of medical litigation as an expert witness I have given upwards of 80 depositions and have given trial testimony approximately 30-40 times. The lawyers with whom I have worked are all of very high caliber. But, when they speak they have been trained to choose their words with precision. Mr. Trump has not.
Indeed, the Democrat Party has become a party of lawyers. They like to cast themselves as the party of working people, or of struggling middle-class families, or of aggrieved and downtrodden Americans of every stripe (“stripes” they promulgate though their penchant for “identity politics”). However, with the nomination of Hillary Clinton and Tom Kaine, all eight available spots on the last four national tickets have gone to working attorneys. (Oops! Hillary was not a “working attorney.” Her Arkansas license was suspended in 2002 for failing to complete her continuing legal education requirements. Bill Clinton also was not a “working attorney.” He was disbarred!)
[Sources: The Lawyer’s Party, by Bruce Walker and Lawyers and their rule-loving views dominate the Democratic Party, by Michael Medved]
The Democratic Party has become the Lawyers’ Party. Reaching all the way back to 1980, 14 of 18 Democratic nominations for president and vice president went to members of the bar. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are lawyers. Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama are lawyers. Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school. (Al Gore did not complete his studies at Vanderbilt Law School before capturing the congressional seat once held by his lawyer father.) Indeed, every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school.
This means that only one Democratic nominee for president or vice president (the peanut farmer, Jimmy Carter) never attended law school, nor enjoyed deep familial connections to the legal profession.
Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer? Gerald Ford, who left office forty years ago.