Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Who wants to go to Cornell?

Like any good progressive, Fosco loves Keith Olbermann and loathes skeletal oddity Ann Coulter. And even though nine times out of eight, Coulter is best ignored, an Olbermann-Coulter argument could well be entertaining. Of course, in an actual fight I would put my money on Olbermann, because he's a big tall guy. Although, come to think of it, Coulter is also a big tall guy.

However, this Olbermann-Coulter skirmish isn't so interesting. As reported by HuffPo:

Ann Coulter and Keith Olbermann are engaged in a bizarre but real feud over their alma mater, Cornell University.

Earlier this week, Coulter wrote a column trashing Olbermann and alleging that he didn't attend "the real Cornell" because he went to one of the University's state schools, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (known as the Ag School).

Coulter wrote that Olbermann "is constantly lying about his nonexistent 'Ivy League' education" despite the fact that he "didn't go to the Ivy League Cornell; he went to the Old MacDonald Cornell."
Of course, what's strange here is that anyone would be fighting to claim a Cornell degree. Fosco tends to think a Cornell B.A. is a lot like a nutmeg grater: it possibly could be useful someday, but it's never something you would brag about. Really, Ann and Keith: can't you both just agree that neither of you has a good degree and get on with things?

But, if we're really going to be picky, it seems that Keith is probably more correct here: Cornell is indeed (for now) an Ivy League school, whether you attend the private part or the state-funded part, whether you study philosophy or hotel and restaurant management. Besides, it's not like either Keith or Ann is in a business where an Ivy League degree matters much: Keith is essentially a political sportscaster and Ann is, ummm... some kind of clown?

You know what could bring Keith and Ann together? The one thing that all Cornellians could be proud of (if Ivy League sports were something to be proud of): a kickass basketball team.

[N.B., Fosco is actually not as much of a dick as he seems in this post. There is a long tradition of this kind of faux snobbery between the Ivy League schools and their students/alumni. It's just a rivalry thing--don't take it too seriously.]

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I consider myself a straight middle-of-the-road-leaning-conservative chick.

I would do Ann Coulter before the eternally repugnant Keith Olbermann any day. Although both would require a few beers.

Ok, that doesn't have anything to do with your post. Sorry.