NayBoer wrote:Interestingly, this seems to apply for Democrats more than Republicans.adh07d wrote:POTUS
26/43 presidents have been lawyers
Good luck aiming for that though
Obama & Biden, Kerry & Edwards, Clinton, Lieberman, Dukakis & Bentsen, Mondale & Ferraro, were all JDs. And Gore went to Vandy for 2 years but ran for the House before graduating. All together, every nominee Democrat for Pres/VP went to law school since 1984. And the top 3 finishers in the 2008 primary were all JDs.
Meanwhile, McCain & Palin, Bush & Cheney, Dole & Kemp, Bush & Quayle, and Reagan, pretty sure none were JDs (though there are other advanced degrees - Cheney had an MA, Bush was an MBA). [Edit - Also, of the top 6 finishers for the GOP in 2008, only Romney, Rudy and Fred had JDs and the latter two did pretty miserably.] The Democrats tend to pick politicians and lawyers; Republicans apparently like to pick war heroes, athletes and business people (I guess Sarah Palin is an athlete? she sort of breaks the rule).
It sort of flips around 1976. Ford and Nixon were both JDs; Carter, McGovern and Humphrey weren't.
Shoot. Time for me to switch political parties ASAP