Once again the media reminds us that Democratic oligarchs feed on the bones of peasant babies. This time, it’s Jon Decker of Reuters speaking on MSNBC:
“For Joe Biden, I — you know, not that he’s not folksy, but I don’t think it helps his case when he’s making the argument on economic issues wearing French cuffs and dressed to the nines. I think that he’s really got to connect with these voters, and his background certainly is a connection.”
(Hat-tip Media Matters.) Anchorman Chris Jansing suggests the preferred sartorial alternative:
“I’m — I was a little surprised too that he didn’t have that coat off and roll up his sleeves. We shall see how this progresses.”
I’m glad the press is keeping up with the big developing stories.
So far this election has been about bowling, arugula, and beer-sipping. It took the dance of the seven houses for the press to realize which guy’s wife has the $500,000 monthly AMEX. I mean, who among us didn’t confuse the black dude raised by a single mother with the House of Bourbon on his AP exam?
The stupidity of the narrative doesn’t trouble me half as much as the deja vu. We’ve seen this movie before with out-of-touch Gore and elitist, French-like windsurfer Kerry. We know how this ends and it isn’t good. (Unless, God willing, Gramm ex machina this time ’round.)
Race is an added factor this year, as evidenced by the troubling use of the term “uppity.” (And Westmoreland isn’t even some third-tier fake-name radio paranoid culled from the Log Cabin Nazi Party; he’s a sitting United States Congressman.) I remember seeing someone on my teevee (Buchanan?) protesting that “uppity” is just a word like “arrogant” or “elitist” and that the word itself is race-neutral. Sure it is, but let’s play a mental game. You complete the sentence with the first word that comes to mind:
-“He’s an arrogant ___” (sonofabitch?)
-“That guy is an elitist ___” (snob?”)
-“That is one uppity ___”
The problem isn’t that the Republicans traffic in this nonsense; it’s that the press eats it up. It’s never been clear to me why the press so willingly promotes the “elitist coastal liberals” trope. Is it psychological, some self-loathing among the well-educated? (no, my dear New Republic, “east coast yuppies” don’t “sneer at the military.”) Maybe it’s the impact of the GOP money and noise machine on the refs. There is no easy answer, but this much is true: When the guardians of our discourse tell us simultaneously that Obama is an elitist and that $200,000 is “middle-class,” well, some people have just forfeited their credibility in perpetuity.
For any number of reasons, the economic elites of the right are perceived as admirably aspirational while the cultural elites on the left are treated as a hostile class. Ergo, a good chunk of voters are more resentful towards the Hollywood left for drinking chardonnay than they are towards the corporatists who kill their health insurance. No blog post can explain this paradigm, (especially after midnight on a Tuesday,) but our Jacksonian anti-intellectualism undoubtedly plays some part. (Aright kids, that’s your invite for the “comments” section.)
Why is acceptable that John McCain’s high school now costs $40,000 a year when Joe Biden can’t wear a French cuff shirt? For the love of Jesus-on-Jump-Street, I own a French cuff shirt and I grew up on food stamps and once sold Socialist Worker. (You can get them at Macy’s for $35 on sale. French cuff shirts, not Socialist Worker.) You can also get a passable bottle of cabernet for $3, which is most certainly welcome among us proletarian elitists as the silly season marches on.