April 15, 2008

Yes, It Was Elitist

Well, I have to say Barack Obama may well have damaged himself beyond repair. He may still win the Democrat nomination but come November he's going to be a hard sell. The comments themselves are bad enough. Uttering them at what he thought was a "closed" affair in San Francisco (the most liberal town in the U.S. of A.) added insult to injury. But his ultimate reaction betrays the fact that he meant what he said.

And why not? He merely expressed what many liberals today accept as purely obvious. A couple of years ago, author Thomas Frank wrote a book called "What's the matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives won the heart of America". The basic premise of this work is that the vast majority of working class Americans (between the coasts) should be a natural constituency for the Democrat party but, because Republicans have used "wedge" issues like guns, God and gays to their advantage, these poor dumb folks have been "distracted" from what's most important - economic issues. The absolute snobbery of this premise is mind-boggling and completely fails to grasp the values of the people they would expect to vote for them.

This book was devoured by eager liberals who can't seem to figure out why middle America just won't accept that they know what's best for them.

It's a staple on the bookshelves of every dogmatic Lefty and revered as a work of genius in the field of political analysis.

That's why they don't understand what the big deal is. And, further, it's why their hatred for Hillary is now seething with the white hot intensity of a thousand burning suns. Sen. Clinton has jumped all over this and held herself up as a model of populism. Though she's not fooling anyone, the backlash against Obama next Tuesday could prove a major problem for his campaign.

It's actually inaccurate to say that Liberals don't love their country. They do love it, however, they love it conditionally. They don't love it as it is. They love it as they want it to be. And they have the plan to make it that way, if only these unwashed, home-schooled, snake-handling, gun-toting rubes would just realize that it's all for their own good.

When Robert Kennedy was assassinated, his bloated embarrassment of a brother, Teddy, eulogized him in this way - referring to Bobby by paraphrasing George Bernard Shaw, he said "Some men see things as they are and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say, 'Why not?'" This is a perfectly valid, if not inspiring, sentiment. The problem is that modern Liberalism has twisted it to read like this: "Some men see things they way they are and say 'WTF?', I see the way things should be and send my monthly donation to MoveOn.org to help make sure it gets fixed, popular sentiment be damned. Because those knuckle-dragging dopes aren't smart enough to see things as I do."

Prof. Thomas Sowell has a dead-on quote in a column he wrote today which points out that Obama is "part of a long tradition on the left of being for the working class in the abstract, or as people potentially useful for the purposes of the left, but having disdain or contempt for them as human beings."

Can you say "Reagan Democrats"? Can Obama say "goodbye"?

Posted by Gary at April 15, 2008 08:40 PM | TrackBack

The Problem with Barack Obama is that he doesn't think he is elitist as he was raised by a single Mom on food stamps. Or something like that.. Uh huh...yeah,...right...

What I'd like to see is Hillary and Barack throwing back a few shots (say three or four), then have a debate moderated by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity (i.e. no softball questions).

Maybe the Rev Wright, Scream Dean and Algore, the the Big He Himself in the audience. That would be entertaining...

Posted by: kmr at April 15, 2008 08:55 PM

Gary, I'd say, "Shhhhh!" but that presumes that anyone who could make use of this would listen. Which is clearly more than half their prolbem.

kmr, I think you'd like my modernisation of McCain-Feingold: The only political ads that can be broadcast will be homemade YouTube inventions. They would only be aired for one hour, once a week, during campaign season (November to November). And callers would vote one off per week.

Posted by: tee bee at April 16, 2008 08:41 AM

Well, I think it is that the people simply don't understand how they system is supposed to work.

In the dictatorship of the proletariat, since the entire proletariat cannot speak, the party must speak for the proletariat. And since the entire party cannot speak, the central committee speaks on the party's behalf.

And since the entire central committee meets so infrequently, we rely on Chairman Stalin to speak for the central committee.

Posted by: The Abbot at April 16, 2008 09:57 AM