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September 12, 2008

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Adam Stempel

Come down to Yale sometime for the Yale Political Union and see some real politics.

Ned

Welcome to college!

Okay, that's just a little bit too cynical.

Mike Meginnis

Well said.

Greg Kuperberg

Some of us think that Lincoln was America's greatest president.

Michael in NYC

This is depressing, but I admire you for blogging about it. I like to hope that once the Baby Boomers are swept from power we can return to something at least vaguely resembling an honest civic engagement, but who knows...

I've often wondered why there wasn't an esteemed FDR policy institute at one of our premiere universities and why Wilson, Hoover and Kennedy got all the love.

Dylan Matthews

Some of us think that Lincoln was America's greatest president.
Some of us think that FDR was. All of us should think that FDR is the best Harvard alumnus to become president.

I've often wondered why there wasn't an esteemed FDR policy institute at one of our premiere universities and why Wilson, Hoover and Kennedy got all the love.
Kennedy's just indefensible, but Hoover was the only Stanford alum to ever become president, and Wilson and Madison were the only Princeton grads. I'd slightly prefer a Madison school, if only because of the whole BIll of Rights thing, but between Wilson's racism and the Palmer raids and Madison's launching the War of 1812 they both have their seriously sucky sides. Meanwhile, Yale has the Bushes and Taft. So…yeah. Harvard, FTW.

Jamelle

No, Ned, I don't think you're being cynical at all. This is exactly what you should expect at any "upper-tier" college. The Center for Politics at the University of Virginia is filled with dozens of careerists who would grovel at the feet of Pat Buchanan if it got them a job in D.C. My advice is to find the public policy organization at Harvard; at U.Va at least, the public policy center attracts the people who actually care about improving government.

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