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The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of the society is at the same time its ruling intellectual force…The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas; hence the relationships which make the one class the ruling one, therefore, the ideas of its dominance…In so far, therefore, as they rule as a class and determine the extent and compass of an epoch, it is self-evident that they do this in its whole range, hence among other things rule also as thinkers, as producers of ideas, and regulate the production and distribution of the ideas of their age: thus their ideas are the ruling ideas of the epoch.

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Not, sadly, a cheerleader.  Unlike some.

In all seriousness, the only redeeming thing about Faithapalooza ’08 was McCain’s bizarre definition of “rich” as making “over $5 million.”  Our arugula-hating hero of the proletariat insisted that some people are rich because of their kids; some rich people are unhappy; I don’t care too much for money / Money can’t buy me love; and all manner of other pablum.  (Clearly, he’s never had the joy of a welfare Christmas.)

This was compounded by the subsequent housing gaffe.  Democrats are honing in and the press is actually picking it up.  However, as Ambinder points out in The Atlantic, we shouldn’t necessarily get our hopes up:

“…the word “John McCain” means a lot of different things, but rich isn’t one of them. So Obama and the Democrats must use this moment to convince Americans in real time to think differently about McCain.”

I worry that the McCain narrative is already pretty well set, and it may be too late to change it.  That said, anything the Democrats ever do is labeled “class warfare.”  Taxes, social programs, regulatory agencies, you name it.  So if they’re going to call it “class warfare” anyway, we might as well give them some for a change.

And how do Saint John’s legions retaliate? Rezko and this:

“This is a guy who lived in one house for five and a half years — in prison.”

Oh snap!  THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!

Really though, we’ve been through the Rezko stuff somewhat in the primaries and it’s a little too indirect and convoluted to make a useful soundbite story.  (The Bill Ayers ad though could be this year’s Swiftboats, because it’s just so outrageous and fear-driven that I fully expect it to work.)  But…POW?  Obama raises McCain’s economic privilage and he counters with…POW?  For Christ’s sake someone dissed ABBA and McCain countered with POW. Over in the echo chamber, Hannity hits Edwards, Colmes brings up McCain, and Hannity…doubles-down on POW.  I swear, it’s like a comma for these people.

At least Obama seems to be figuring it out.

The McCain Campaign: More POWs than old-school Batman.

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