Oh, to live in a "better-educated" region of the country:
An Ambinder reader notices a gap in the diversity of the otherwise extraordinarily, thoroughly diverse Obama cabinet: Southerners.
John Edwards probably would have filled that slot, had he not fallen from grace. Sam Nunn and Max Cleland have been mentioned, but faded.
Their absence is part happenstance, but also reflects the declining political power of a region that used to be crucial, and also the fact that -- as Jonathan Martin and I wrote just after the election -- Obama's win sprang in some organic way from the newer, faster-growing, better-educated regions of the country, which don't include most of the South.
Oh, yeah. It was all those "better-educated" folks who voted for Obama. Some folks were so overcome with better education they fainted. I've heard the "better-educated" do that all the time. Of course I live in Alabama so I've never actually seen it for myself.