The natives are truly getting restless. There is a genuine fear that too many “regular folk” are getting too much attention during this campaign season. The media elite and the ruling class on the left (naturally) and on the right (sadly) have said, in no uncertain terms, to the general population of fly-over country: “SIT DOWN AND STFU!!!”
The apoplexy began with John McCain naming Sarah Palin as his choice for VP. Sarah Palin has been savaged from all directions because she had the audacity to aspire to serve her country without first putting in her time at an Ivy League Indoctrination Center. She graduated [eventually! *Snicker*] from Idaho University [*GASP*].
The rabid elite media intelligentsia and the useful idiots in Hollywood attacked her immediately. The attacks from the right-of-center intelligentsia came a bit later, perhaps to show their “thoughtfulness” on the subject. Nevertheless it was received with resounding “Huzzahs!” by the aforementioned elite media.
The alleged conservatives that have “turned” on Sarah Palin and thus John McCain include notables such as David Brooks, the NY Times resident milquetoast conservative; David Frum , former Bush speech-writer; Kathleen Parker, National Review Online; Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speech-writer. Brooks went so far as to say (not in print, mind you) that Sarah Palin is “a fatal cancer” to the Republican party.
If David Brooks is the bulwark of the Republican party God help us. Or rather, God help them. I say its high time for a good old fashioned schism. The North Eastern elites can have the Republican Party back, we’ll keep the conservatism. Thank you very much.
The others were at least given to the occasional damning by faint praise for the way she connects to regular folk. Which brings us to the crux of the problem: She is not an “intellectual.” She is clearly intelligent, just not the right kind of intelligent.
Chris Buckley, whose two claims to fame are his paternity and filling in for the inestimable Mark Steyn at National Review has endorsed Barack Hussein Obama. Note to Mr. Steyn: You are henceforth forbidden any vacation time. Buckley defends Obama’s intellect with “well, he’s a Harvard man” Which immediately brought to my mind a quote from his dear old dad.
I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University. -Wm. F. Buckley Jr.
I had nearly reached my breaking point. Enter Joe Wurzelbacher. Joe the Plumber. Joe had the audacity to question one of our leaders about tax policy and to voice his common sense opinions on the American Dream. He’s for it. I thought at the time that Joe had some brass balls to ask a tough question of Barack Obama with cameras rolling. I wonder if he truly knew the anal exam he was about to receive from the kingmaker media.
The media celebrated him for his first fifteen minutes then turned quickly when it was obvious that his outspokeness was a boon to the McCain campaign. To paraphrase Joe, “Excuse me, Senator Government, that sounds like socialism.” The media immediately saw Joe as a novelty. “Look! One of the Plebes asked the anointed one a question. He wants to keep all of his pie. Isn’t that cute?” Then, when he resonated with all the other Joes, he was a threat that needed to be destroyed. Did you hear? His name isn’t even JOE! Well, now that its no longer racist to talk about middle names. HUSSEIN! HUSSEIN! HUSSEIN! HUSSEIN!
The liberal elite hates Joe because he is a threat. The “conservative” elite hasn’t piped in much but I am not going to hold my breath for any defense of this commoner. So far, John McCain has defended this man but it will no doubt get difficult as the media continues to demonize him.
The best defense will come from regular folk who will stand beside him and shout, “I AM JOE.”
The entrenched elites on both sides have a vested interest in ensuring that Mr. Smith Goes to Washington remains fictional.