Steven Benen has a great post on how utterly mind boggling it is that Obama is being criticized for pronouncing Pakistan correctly, while Palin lauded saying “eye-rack”. Adam Serwer’s comparison of Palin and 50 Cent is absolutely dead on (something along the lines of the right loving her like a fat kid loves cake), as is the below comment on intellectual expectation:
To pronounce something correctly is to be “ostentatiously exotic,” while pronouncing something incorrectly is raised to the level of something like a presidential qualification. Meanwhile, there are thousands of Americans of Pakistani descent who are themselves “ostentatiously exotic” by virtue of their names (and it would be elitist of them to expect anyone to pronounce them correctly) and ancestry.Keep in mind that these are the same people who insist that a culture of ignorance that hold black people back while lauding Sarah Palin‘s vast ignorance of public policy as some kind of tremendous virtue. They demand merit from others and only mediocrity from themselves, because said mediocrity is touted as proof of authenticity.
I would elaborate further on how problematic anti-intellectualism is to the political process, but as someone who just spent the last 5 minutes cackling at Political Macros I am clearly not one to talk.