John Yoo’s view of voters

JOHN YOO’S VIEW OF VOTERS…. The midterm elections were pretty obviously painful for Democrats, but there were still some groups of voters who stuck with the outgoing governing majority. Voters with post-graduate degrees, for example, preferred Democrats by a healthy margin, as did those at the other end of the educational spectrum — those without a high-school diploma.

John Yoo — best known for his pro-torture memos, arguing that the rule of law should only be respected on a case by case basis, and the literal belief that the “war on terror” trumps the Bill of Rights — finds these election results noteworthy.

I’ve been trying to figure out what this means (aside from the amazing educational achievements of the electorate — 97 percent had a high-school degree or more). Does it mean that the over-educated have no more common sense than those with no education? Does it mean that Obama only really appeals to the extremes of the educational distributional curve, because neither end is really responsible for making ends meet and balancing budgets?

That’s an awful lot of nonsense packed into 72 words, so let’s unpack it a bit.

To John Yoo, having a post-grad degree is evidence of being “over-educated.” Yoo — who happens to have a post-grad degree — really ought to know better.

To John Yoo, voting for Democratic candidates is apparently evidence of lacking “common sense.” Maybe my post-graduate degree has clouded my judgment, but there’s ample evidence to suggest that’s backwards.

To John Yoo, those with post-grad degrees aren’t “really responsible” for contributing financially to society, the implication being that we’re all stuck in academia. Yoo really ought to get out more — hospitals, law offices, accounting and consulting firms, corporate boardrooms, and small businesses are all filled with people who’ve done post-graduate work.

And to John Yoo, those who don’t have high-school diplomas aren’t responsible for “making ends meet.” I’d note that the assumption that everyone without a high-school diploma is in poverty is mistaken, but more importantly, for those folks who do fit the stereotype, they’re busting their ass to “make ends meet.” They might be a little better off if they weren’t screwed by the economic policies of Yoo’s Republican Party, which is probably why they prefer to vote Democratic.

No wonder this clown was such a powerful Bush administration lawyer — he has no idea what he’s talking about.