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More from our Uncle Sam

(Although as a left leaning friend of Welsh-Texan heritage puts it, 'He's not your uncle, he just some man who, cough, 'sleeps' with your mother')

Digging around a bit more on electoral-vote.com, occupations of incumbents and challengers in the 12 key states are listed:

Lawyer 13
Lobbyist / staffer 3
Farmer 1
Media 1
Academic 1
Blacksmith 1
Accountant 1
Property developer 1
Vet 1
Contractor 1

Pity the poor people of Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland where only a lawyer can win. As to Lincoln Chafee, Republican incumbent for Rhode Island, yes, he really was a blacksmith. Jimmy Carter's boy is running in Nevada, outwardly a pretty odd place for a Baptist to stick his stake in the ground.

I think I'll do a breakdown of the UK front benches later.
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Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 9:14 am

it would be fascinating to see a breakdown of the a-list.whilst there's more ethnics/women,I'll wager they're still lawyers.would love as well to see how many attended a comprehensive.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:18 am

RM - that's quite a challenge, but I guess I ought to step up to the plate. I may need to bring in re-inforcements and make it a collaborative venture.  



Anonymous Andrew Kennedy said... 9:28 am

Lincoln Chafee is a Republican is he ? He makes David Cameron look like a neo-con !  



Blogger Croydonian said... 9:31 am

Maybe, but it is Rhode Island....  



Anonymous Colin said... 12:32 pm

Croydonian,

The overwhelming majority are lawyers. That's really interesting !! In Germany, the leading politicians are mostly lawyers. Schroeder is a lawyer... BTW, Lenin also was a lawyer.

The question is why? Two ideas come to my mind:

First, they know the basics of manipulation by the use of emotions and words.

Second, they can sell their access to power simply as legal counsel of their office.

Are there other explanations?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:48 pm

One also has to think of Parliament as being a court, and arguably lawyers are the best placed to make laws. In addition, legal training encourages one to think analytically.

Oddly enough, comparatively few of the great British prime ministers have been practicing lawyers - Pitt, Disraeli, Lloyd George. And Blair, as some people must think he's great, although most of them are relatives. Disraeli didn't stick at it, and Thatcher never practiced.  



Anonymous verity said... 6:30 pm

Andrew Kennedy - Why would David Cameron look like a neocon? Was he a member of Labour previously?  



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