Harvard graduate Vivek Ramaswamy is a grimly recognizable figure to anyone else who went there, even if we never knew him personally
I’m just a humble state school guy, but Vivek annoys the shit out of me. Worse than Ted Cruz. (Probably.)
The Trumpers may enjoy him as a sort of Flavor Flav to the big man, but they’re never going to draw self-revealing pictures of a shirtless Vivek riding a liger.
Trump has the worst possible combination of characteristics for a public servant you could imagine, but he’s unfortunately also hilarious: https://youtu.be/KbkBRT13Zp4?feature=shared
THIS is why I subscribe. Wow. Right up there with the “Kennedys have always been awful” post. Bravo!
Worth the price of the subscription by itself. At 82, I wondered whether it was another sign of senescence that I couldn't understand the media fawning over his attention grabbing performance. I found my first exposure to him singularly repulsive. Over a long life I've found a fair number of political figures distasteful for one reason or another, but Vivek is in a class all his own.
My fiancee was in a class or two with him and she said the nickname for him was "question guy."
Not a Harvard alum, but the type is instantly recognizable to anyone who went to law school. In my first year law school class, one day a section guy was uncharacteristically sitting in the back of the room, he was probably late, and our professor sarcastically asked him what he was doing slumming back there.
Despite the fact many people mistake my alma mater for a private school (when they aren't mistaking it for the pretenders/copycats in Coral Gables), I am a state school guy. However, Section Guy is a universal concept, and I feel the same visceral hatred you do about them. Beautiful work, Josh. Right up there with the Kennedys & Gavin Newsome pieces.
So I used to think that someone as clearly smart as Ramaswamy can’t possibly believe all this- surely they are just tossing crap out because they think that’s what folks want to hear, and if actually elected he’d be normal and sane. Elon buying Twitter disabused me of that.
Josh is really on a tear lately. Loving it.
Vivek is a polished ( smart) slick snake oil salesman, and Trump is Biff from Back to the future.
This was a fun one.
I find it hard to sympathize with the resentment of the "normal" Republicans towards Vivek when the serious Republican line for the moment seems to involve, among other things, pretending you are going to bomb Mexico to stop fentanyl.
Vivek is very annoying but I think he took that debate as seriously as it deserved to be taken.
Vivek is what happens when bullying is systematically eradicated from society.
Oh my, Mr. Barro your post today so perfectly explains my feelings towards Vivek in a way I couldn't previously put into words. I found him more annoying than Ben Shapiro lol. I honestly don't know who has a more punchable face, Vivek or Tucker Carlson. Vivek's ego and pseudo intellectualism only works for people that are just looking to be contrarian and have an inflated sense of their own intelligence, which means that most GOP voters will end up liking him. I really hope they see him for the charlatan that he is.
(at the University of Chicago we were *all* section guys and that's why you don't see too many of us in politics. Bernie is our most likable politician alumnus and I'm sure he was unbearable at 37)
IMHO, Trump is different also in the way he is so clearly, and openly, a narcissist. And that explains (even if not excuse) most of his behavior. Also, his lies are trolls most often ("stable genius" was a stroke of genius!). In a strange way, he is actually honest even when he's lying. Ramaswamy on the other hand is a straight-up bullshitter.