Coastal domination of elite higher ed, progressive politics: Are they related?

January 15, 2019

A recent Wall Street Journal recently profiled 13 Democratic leaders, mostly House members, in the new Congress. I was struck by the fact that everyone of them lived in a coastal state –bordering the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, not one coming from one of the 31 states where 187 million (a large majority) of Americans live located in the interior of the country –flyover territory to some. But then I realized something else: all were college graduates (no surprise there), with 12 of them having at least one degree from a school in the northeastern quadrant of the United States. Many of them have degrees from expensive elite private eastern schools: Harvard (two), Columbia, Tufts (two), Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Georgetown. The Eastern elite private schools are truly the home of the nation’s future leaders.

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