McCain and Pailin expound upon the "elitist" areas of the country. You know, the areas that aren't so "pro-America."
During an NBC interview, his running mate, Sarah Palin, was asked to define the "elitists" the GOP ticket scorns, and said, "Anyone who thinks that they're better than someone else."Later, in the New York Daily News:
McCain chimed in: "I know where a lot of 'em live ... in our nation's capital and New York City."
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said the Arizona senator wasn't talking about "real New Yorkers."I love how McCain keeps narrowing down the areas where this vast anti-American conspiracy is happening. You have to wonder how under-seige these pro-America small towns are when the liberal elites keep getting whittled down to, like, one zip code in Manhattan. Wonder what kind of weird-ass liberal crap goes on there?
"He's talking about Park Ave. and the upper West Side, which is inhabited by the liberal socialites and the media types who, yeah, are certainly elitists," King said.
As it happens, the U.S. zip code that's given the most to the McCain campaign - $909,128 - is Manhattan's 10021, which includes a swath of Park Ave.
Look, I realize that these "elitism" charges, and the anti-education/anti-intellectualism they represent, are my #1 trigger in politics. But look at what Palin is saying. She hates elitists because they think they're better than other people. What better way to combat that than to travel the country and tell small towners that they're better than anyone who lives within five hundred miles of an ocean? No wonder she doesn't consider abortion clinic bombers terrorists. They're just a more pro-America, and thus better, brand of terrorist.
If Obama can win this thing, it will represent the first outright rejection of the politics of demonization, divisiveness, and scapegoating in a long, long time. It's almost too much to hope for.
Ah, but what of the politics of fear? They came back with a vengeance last week with McCain jumping all over Joe Biden's so-called "gaffe," when he said that a President Obama would be tested by foreign enemies within his first year in office.
Which, let's set aside the fact that they're conveniently lopping off Biden's follow-up that they'll find Obama has a "spine of steel." Of course Biden said that, and of course McCain is ignoring it. But more importantly: what part of what Biden is saying is in any way untrue? Obama certainly will be tested in his first year. And if the Republicans are able to