Walter Russell Mead: Our Elites Are Fixated On How Disappointed They Are With The Tawdry Public Precisely Because That Allows Them To Avoid Examining Their Own Colossal Failures

Read Instapundit for a bite-sized excerpt, and once you've decided it's worth your time (it is), read the whole thing.

Instapundit's excerpt is the best summary, but here's the conclusion:

The French aristocrats laughed at the manners and the morals of the common people and ridiculed the faith that lit the darkness and softened the harsh conditions of ordinary lives. Enlightened and cosmopolitan, the establishment mocked the attachment of the ignorant peasants to the king. The well educated, well connected elites accepted no limits on their ability to convert their social privilege into personal wealth; they accepted no limits on the gratification of their physical desires — flaunting their romantic affairs in the same spirit in which they feasted at Versailles while the gaunt peasants starved. They used and abused to the fullest all the privileges that came with their status while mocking and rejecting any sense of duty and obligation.

It was fun while it lasted.

Essentially the "elite" has grown so enamored of its own asserted superiority it has decided it has nothing at all to learn from the people it would presume to lead, not even, in a Machiavellian manner, just to know them well enough to realize how best to manipulate them.

The "elite" is so scornful of the public they've decided they will not even lower themselves to learning our vernacular and by speaking our language, to trick us; instead, they will just ignore us completely, at least until such time as we raise ourselves up to their level (and at that point, of course, they will not have to persuade us even then, for we will have learned enough to see their wisdom and call it our own).

You can see this demonstrated in just a short eight years, comparing the manners of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Bill Clinton surely counted himself among "the elite," but he was willing to speak in the vernacular of the ordinary American in order to move them in his direction.

Compare that to Barack Obama, who visibly bristles at lowering himself to such a vulgar level. We shall either appreciate his (and his class') erudition and genius, or we will suffer in the darkness without it; but either way, he will not diminish himself to pay lip-service to the values of the commoners.

An Easter proclamation from the White House? How obscene. We shan't be debasing ourself so.

As Mead says about the elites' open contempt of patriotism in a country known for its patriotism: "This will not end well."

No, but it will end, and that in itself is ending well.

Oh: I've misrepresented his column a bit. He does talk about what I say he talks about, but he doesn't talk only of that. He mentions the arrogance and insularity of the class, but also notes that the class is spectacularly incompetent at its self-appointed functions.

Its arrogance hits a zenith just as its actual capability hits its trough -- a tandem that often go together, like chocolate and peanut butter.

A cadre of a managing elite actually has a limited skill set. Its skill, to the extent it has any, is "meta," not the details of specific skill areas. Its skills are about coordination, communication, networking, and of course preserving its own privilege.

It lacks other skills. This is, of itself, hardly extraordinary; most mechanics are not particularly skilled at medicine, and most doctors can't fix a car.

But what our current "elite" have is an incredible hubris, and belief that their very, very limited skill-set is some sort of omni-toolkit for solving any problem, granting them instant deep expertise in any subject they survey. So more and more they are actively hostile to those who actually do things in this country, more and more reliant exclusively upon the power of their mutual affirmations and reaffirmations, a human chain of signal repeaters, all broadcasting the same thin, limited, often-wrong information.

And they only look to that signal for solutions to problems. Others, those beneath Our Class, have little to contribute. Oh, if someone is a Celebrity -- a Celebrity Singer (Bono) or Celebrity Scientist (James Hansen), then their counsel can be sought; but of course such people are honorary members of the leadership class.

It will not end well, but it will end.


Posted by: Ace at 09:39 PM



Comments

1 CounselorTroiSockOFF!

Posted by: garrett at May 13, 2011 09:43 PM (o92B0)

2 You should smell yourselves on a hot summer day.

Posted by: Harry Reid (D) at May 13, 2011 09:44 PM (o92B0)

3 I think we will not so much "raise ourselves up to their level" as rise up. I'm hoping for a change and it ain't the one we got in 2008.

Posted by: huerfano at May 13, 2011 09:45 PM (IN2A4)

4 Um, helloooooooooo?

I won!

Fuck you!

Posted by: Barry McDouchwhistle at May 13, 2011 09:48 PM (BP6Z1)

5 Yeah,he is so superior to me.He has JayZ on his Ipod.Fucking elite,yeah.

Posted by: steevy at May 13, 2011 09:48 PM (MLyR6)

6 Après moi, le déluge, muthafuckazzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Posted by: King Barry XV at May 13, 2011 09:50 PM (BP6Z1)

7 What do you think France did with all those guillotines? Do you think they're willing to negotiate a bulk discount?

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 09:52 PM (73tyQ)

8 Clinton had the tastes and appetites of the masses.He was elite only in the sense he was able to raise himself up into that level.It was a facade,he was always white trash with a veneer.

Posted by: steevy at May 13, 2011 09:53 PM (MLyR6)

9 I say there, ace has the boorish manners of a yalie. *sips early grey tea*

Posted by: Hojack McDouchewagon at May 13, 2011 09:53 PM (TCyyS)

10 Après moi, le déluge, muthafuckazzzzzzzzzzzzz!
Is that Austrian?

Posted by: Delta Smelt at May 13, 2011 09:53 PM (A0VTZ)

11 7 They're easy to build.Just got to keep the blade sharpened between uses or the get messier.

Posted by: steevy at May 13, 2011 09:53 PM (MLyR6)

12 7 What do you think France did with all those guillotines? Do you think they're willing to negotiate a bulk discount?
Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 09:52 PM (73tyQ)
Only need 1, and probably only need to be used once or twice and shit would turn around real quick I think.

Posted by: Red Shirt at May 13, 2011 09:55 PM (FIDMq)

13 *YAWN*

Yo, where we goin' next?

Cannes?

Posted by: Michelle Antoinette at May 13, 2011 09:55 PM (BP6Z1)

14 Can I git mea huntin license here?

Posted by: John F Kerry at May 13, 2011 09:55 PM (W0TZi)

15 They're easy to build.Just got to keep the blade sharpened between uses or the get messier.
And don't try to drop one on a Rosie O'Donnell type either, whose lard packed neck could actually break the blade.

Posted by: Hojack McDouchewagon at May 13, 2011 09:56 PM (TCyyS)

16 Anarchy!!!! Fuck it Bartertown it baby!!!!!

Posted by: Krazy Kat at May 13, 2011 09:56 PM (oNphh)

17 What's hilarious is watching him trying to play "the regular guy" with his base. He can't even carry that off.
He spent Easter Sunday in the Baptist church a mile from my house. According to one of my co-workers (a devout church-goer there) "stiff" would be the best term to describe him at the service. Fake smile, fake comments, fake "urban" patois.
I think that was the "change" she was looking for.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at May 13, 2011 09:57 PM (hTQzU)

18 11 The secret is a 12-1/2 degree grind angle. It's like magic.

Posted by: Beto at May 13, 2011 09:57 PM (H+LJc)

19 What pisses me off is that many of the elites didn't earn anything. They aren't particularly intelligent or accomplished, but boy do they think they are.

And, because they think they are so smart, they think they can will the world into their vision of perfection. Even when faced with a recession their dumb ideas caused, they still won't back down.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 09:58 PM (73tyQ)

20 Let them eat arugala

Posted by: Ben at May 13, 2011 09:58 PM (DKV43)

21 When we hit the fiscal wall, I will be fascinated to see how the lefty "elite" tries to sell the twin ideas that a) the welfare state collapsed because the evile corporations and racist rednecks somehow teamed up to undermine a system that NEVER works over the long-term and b) that the solution is to try it again with different rules. That last point is why any conservative should break out in hives when Mitt Romney speaks.

The best example of the combo "a fifth column robbed us" and "we're smart enough to do it right next time" maneuver is Paul Krugman, although there are others. Just as they cannot grasp the basic socioeconomic flaws of the expansive welfare state, they are clueless as to the effectiveness of personal liberty and minimal government dabbling in the economy.


Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at May 13, 2011 09:58 PM (7utQ2)

22 8 years of Brooklyn College down the fuckin' drain.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at May 13, 2011 09:59 PM (UlUS4)

23 We're currently battling the city over their putting a junior sized turf and lighted (60 ft poles) on a field in the neighborhood. No one wants it except the city who can charge a fee to use it. The taxpayers are fine with the turf but not with the lights since they bring down property values 11% and the illegals staydeep into the night.Who is the clientel? The city itself. They've lied, obfuscated, insulted and done a million corrupt machinations to avoid facing their own set-back and zoning restrictions.
Even the liberals are saying, "welcome to obamaland". They have become their own constituency.

Posted by: dagny at May 13, 2011 09:59 PM (/kRxM)

24 20
Let them eat arugala

That shit's too expensive.

Posted by: President Sissypants at May 13, 2011 09:59 PM (c0A3e)

25 What's hilarious is watching him trying to play "the regular guy" with his base. He can't even carry that off.

I have to laugh at when people criticize Palin for droppin' her "g"s.

Obama does it ALL THE TIME. And it's clearly just to make him seem more like the rubes that he clearly disdains.

BTW, didn't Mead have another moron-friendly column recently? I seem to recall it was full of some liberal tropes (the stimulus wasn't big enough, for example) but didn't pull too may punches with respect to the disappointment with Obama.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 10:01 PM (73tyQ)

26 I don't think it's that, well, maybe I'm missing something... But I really don't think that Barack Obama laughs at the little people as much as he truly doesn't understand what it must be like to work a crappy job, then come home and wonder how you will make life work. Not that I consider my job crappy... But you get the point.
It's not that he doesn't understand at the basest level that it's tough to survive in this (or any) economy, he just doesn't understand what work is.
His resume tells us that. He was a professor, that was his only venture into something we could call a normal job, although how many of you work 28 hours per week, 24 of which involves billable hours for... Working on your book, reading, thinking, etc.
Do you think that as Alinsky's understudy, err, a community activist that he worried about deadlines? I doubt it.
And then he got elected and voted present half the time anyway.
He just doesn't understand work. He understands survival, and trials though, I think. At the very least he has met enough people who can explain to him that every penny counts for a struggling family.

Posted by: BrackaBama at May 13, 2011 10:01 PM (YMYvL)

27 Do I risk being a douche by saying this is saying the obvious with many, many words?

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at May 13, 2011 10:01 PM (bxiXv)

28
We're currently battling the city over their
putting a junior sized turf and lighted (60 ft poles) on a field in the
neighborhood. No one wants it except the city who can charge a fee to
use it. The taxpayers are fine with the turf but not with the lights
since they bring down property values 11% and the illegals staydeep
into the night.Who is the clientel? The city itself. They've lied,
obfuscated, insulted and done a million corrupt machinations to avoid
facing their own set-back and zoning restrictions.

Even the liberals are saying, "welcome to obamaland". They have become their own constituency.

Posted by: dagny at May 13, 2011 09:59 PM (/kRxM)
¡Game on bro!

Posted by: Illegal Aliens With Cell Phones at May 13, 2011 10:01 PM (BP6Z1)

29 The phenomenon can also be described as the "masses" have always known there was an "elite" class, but the elites (Bubba Clinton is a prime example) were expected to have the decency to hide their disdain. Obama and crew have turned the corner and they glory in the distinction between the classes and want to (and are) rubbing our noses in it.

Posted by: Hrothgar at May 13, 2011 10:01 PM (9eby4)

30 On the bright side they can't remain protected in their gated communities,shielded from the outcomes their ideas produced forever.....
Wait, is that the bright side?
ps: Demographics is destiny.

Posted by: Delta Smelt at May 13, 2011 10:01 PM (A0VTZ)

31 Amish, I just added that sort of an idea.

Posted by: ace at May 13, 2011 10:02 PM (nj1bB)

32 Someone ask the Manhattanites how they feel.

Posted by: dagny at May 13, 2011 10:02 PM (/kRxM)

33 19 We had a new engineer. I asked him if he'd done any machine work.
Says he " I hate to go into one because there's so much oil and it gets so messy."
Says I "Once you're smarter than the oil you stay out of its way."

Posted by: Beto at May 13, 2011 10:02 PM (H+LJc)

34 the water buffalo are charging hard at newt.

Posted by: curious at May 13, 2011 10:02 PM (k1rwm)

35 I've said it before. Liberals really hate America. Try to think of one aspect of American life and culture that liberals actually like. Food? We eat too much, we don't eat enough vegetables, we should eat more tofu and less meat, we put too much salt on it, it's all grown on "corporate farms," and we only eat it because we're brainwashed by advertising. Cars? They're too big, we drive too much, they're destroying the planet, and we should go back to walking or riding bicycles to the high-speed rail station. Et cetera, et cetera.

They hate us. They really, really hate us.


Posted by: Trimegistus at May 13, 2011 10:02 PM (EQSlS)

36 The "elite" is so scornful of the public they've decided they will not even lower themselves to learning our vernacular and by speaking our language, to trick us;
Kin ah git me a huntin' license heyah?

Posted by: John "Hank" Kerry at May 13, 2011 10:03 PM (AnTyA)

37 I always thought that a giantTrebuchet would have been way better at drawing and holding a crowdthan the Guillotine.
Plus, if you launch someone 50+ Feet in the air and a few hundred yards downrange, every seat in the house is a good seat.
We could even work a moat and some alligators in for the hoi polloi.

Posted by: garrett at May 13, 2011 10:03 PM (o92B0)

38
Meh, Walter Russell Mead is just a more refined version of David Brooks. They are both note-takers of the Ruling Class. The only difference is Mead would never say something as foolish as "pant crease."

Posted by: The Notion at May 13, 2011 10:03 PM (hD0CU)

39 Ace- you sometimes wake up late, but you wake up well.

Posted by: Museisluse at May 13, 2011 10:03 PM (a8aqn)

40 Elite? 'Tis to laugh. Unless if you really mean by "elite," unflinchingly submoronic... in which case I concur. As they say - and by they, I mean we - educated well beyond their IQ.

Posted by: Crunched Fig at May 13, 2011 10:04 PM (DAEhL)

41

'But what our current "elite" have is an incredible hubris, and belief
that their very, very limited skill-set is some sort of omni-toolkit for
solving any problem"

Yeah, but, like Obama is SMART, unlike Bush, who is STUPID.

I remember being in a bar at IUP in Indiana PA wearing a Bush Cheney 2000 shirt, and some little curly haired weeny ran up to me and yelled "BUSH IS STOOOPID" then ran away.

So there is this thing where liberals think they are really smart, and have the media and college profs perpetuate the myth, and now we have a really SMART President in that mold who can command things with, like, his fingers and stuff.


Posted by: Rev Dr E Buzz at May 13, 2011 10:04 PM (s5aNX)

42 a) the welfare state collapsed because the evile corporations and racist
rednecks somehow teamed up to undermine a system that NEVER works over
the long-term and b) that the solution is to try it again with different
rules.

It's really amazing how primitive their economic views are. I listen to The History of Rome podcast and these people would be the ones cheering on Diocletian's wage and price controls (they didn't last long, if at all).

They simply think that wealth comes from proximity to political power and the legitimate use of force. That's it. It's no more complicated than that.

Why do they accuse Bush of trying to help his "rich buddies" with a broad-based tax cut that doesn't help them very much at all and certainly doesn't give them a leg up compared to their competition? Because that's what they would do.

That's what Obama did -- for the unions.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 10:05 PM (73tyQ)

43 35 Yup.You might say they hate all human being even.

Posted by: steevy at May 13, 2011 10:05 PM (MLyR6)

44 They hate us. They really, really hate us.

This.

If given the choice the masses would choose tailgating in Tuscaloosa or Ann Arbor over Cannes. The sneer from a lefty that such a choice would earn tells you everything that you need to know.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at May 13, 2011 10:06 PM (7utQ2)

45 Watch me drop my g's.

Now will you vote for me?!

Posted by: Present Saysomething at May 13, 2011 10:06 PM (DAEhL)

46 Obama? He'd rather piss on you than think about your life.

Posted by: Beto at May 13, 2011 10:06 PM (H+LJc)

47 @30: Demographics can turn on a dime. At the beginning of the 20th century, Czechs were having huge families and demographically outstripping the German population of the border regions of Bohemia. Today, Czechs are in demographic free fall.

Two things can be predicted about so-called "latino" demographic trends: a) as they become economically better established, their rate of reproduction will drop dramatically, and b) they will consider themselves "white."

EVERY ethnic minority in America eventually comes to be considered "white," aside from the one conspicuous exception. Irish at one time weren't considered white. Italians could not eat at lunch counters in the South as recently as the 1960's. Eastern Europeans weren't considered "white."

Look at Marco Rubio: the man is white enough to be an MSNBC talking head. Yet he gets called "non-white" because his name is Spanish - even though Spain is a white European nation. It's ridiculous.

Regarding elitist disdain of "the masses," I have but one thing to say: if this country is stupid enough to reelect the communist in the White House, fuck the masses. They deserve all the scorn they get.

Posted by: CoolCzech at May 13, 2011 10:07 PM (kUaEF)

48 I remember being in a bar at IUP in Indiana PA wearing a Bush Cheney
2000 shirt, and some little curly haired weeny ran up to me and yelled
"BUSH IS STOOOPID" then ran away.

and an evil genius! Controlled by the Christianists! And the Jews! And the Saudis!

Posted by: Some Liberal at May 13, 2011 10:08 PM (bgcml)

49 Don't forget all of the status whoring "swpl" whites who parrot the so called elites in a transparent and vainattempt to separate themselves from the proletariat.
At this point it is the key to leftist power. The useful idiots put them over the top in so many elections. The Dim coalition isn't large enough without them to maintain power.

Posted by: Delta Smelt at May 13, 2011 10:08 PM (A0VTZ)

50 Meh, Walter Russell Mead is just a more refined version of David Brooks.
I don't mind Mead. He's about a conservative as an academic can ever be. He's an academic first, conservative later. Brooks on the other hand has no excuse. He got his gig because he's "conservative" and he's nothing of the sort. I have much less patience with him.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at May 13, 2011 10:08 PM (hTQzU)

51 Third Party Time!

Posted by: Krazy Kat at May 13, 2011 10:08 PM (oNphh)

52 I always thought that a giantTrebuchet would have been way better at drawing and holding a crowdthan the Guillotine.

True, but the launch nearly always snaps the neck and they fly weird.

Posted by: Beto at May 13, 2011 10:08 PM (H+LJc)

53 Commenter forty nine I always see that acronym swpl at sailer's site for what does it stand.

Posted by: Derek Haysom at May 13, 2011 10:09 PM (W7FK3)

54 It's really amazing how primitive their economic views are.
They're not just primitive, they are incoherent.

Just a couple of examples:

1. Jacking up capital gains taxes because it's a fairness issue and not generating revenue.

2. Ditto the current idiocy about so-called tax breaks for the oil industry as an effort to lower gas prices.

As I have said since age 2: HUH?

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at May 13, 2011 10:09 PM (7utQ2)

55 I'm no elitist!

I regular, just like you folks. I was born of an improbable love in this great country.

Now, excuse me --tee time at Congressional, golfin' to do.

Posted by: President Plain Folks at May 13, 2011 10:10 PM (BP6Z1)

56 >>> Meh, Walter Russell Mead is just a more refined version of David Brooks. They are both note-takers of the Ruling Class.

Meh, your comment suggests to me an equal and opposite (and equally wrong) dismissiveness about anyone outside *your* cadre.

That is, you are privileging *status* of speaker over substance of statement just as the elite do -- you're just doing it in the opposite direction.

Posted by: ace at May 13, 2011 10:10 PM (nj1bB)

57 Let them eat arugala
That shit's too expensive.

Bad analogy. When baking, excess bread can fall out of a pan onto the oven floor, becoming vary hard from continuous baking until it is cleaned off. That excess is called "cake" and is what Mademoiselle Marie referred to.

Posted by: John P. Squibob at May 13, 2011 10:10 PM (/U/Mr)

58

How crazy is it that we have a President that has no idea what the word inflation means?

But you see, he is really smart. Because he is a leftie.

And lefties are smart, because to be a leftie, and love the Soviet Union, you are automatically SUPER FUCKIN SMART.

Yes, you liek Communism, you are immediately classified in the top 1 percent of brain people in the US, in fact, your brain will be saved for millions of years, because it houses a superior massive intellect with gravitas and shit like that.

There is a PJ O'Rourke book called Republican Part Reptile, he takes a trip with some Nation leftists to the Grand Ole USSR...

Well, what those leftists say in 1982 seems positively mainstream now.

And that's craaaaazy.

Posted by: Rev Dr E Buzz at May 13, 2011 10:10 PM (s5aNX)

59 That was a good read. Hooked by the second paragraph.

Posted by: lauren at May 13, 2011 10:10 PM (ibCFU)

60 Posted by: Derek Haysom at May 13, 2011 10:09 PM (W7FK3)
stuff white people like
It's a book and a website, you can google/bing it.
Describes and mocks young urban liberal whites by and large.

Posted by: Delta Smelt at May 13, 2011 10:11 PM (A0VTZ)

61 True, but the launch nearly always snaps the neck and they fly weird.
Posted by: Beto at May 13, 2011 10:08 PM (H+LJc)
Uhh, was there testing or a study done on that?

Posted by: Red Shirt at May 13, 2011 10:12 PM (FIDMq)

62 Ah Yes, Luxembourg would have been such a wonderful posting if not for those ungrateful staff members that made my life a living hell. One would think a properly prepared shrimp cocktail and an adequately stocked bar is too much to ask.

Posted by: Cynthia Stroum fmr Ambassador to Luxembourg Embassy of Dysfunction at May 13, 2011 10:12 PM (3OCZw)

63 RE: AmishDude@25

Those Amish really think they're somethin' what with comin' up with comments first and all. I'm thinkin' they don't appreciate my drivin' the car outta the ditch. As I've always said, you'd think they'd be thankin' me.

Posted by: Present Saysomething at May 13, 2011 10:12 PM (DAEhL)

64 You ever know someone who was trash but though sheer dumb luck came into some money?
You remember how all of a sudden they decided cash made them better than you?
Go ahead and tell me that ain't Barky.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at May 13, 2011 10:12 PM (hTQzU)

65 31
Amish, I just added that sort of an idea.

Posted by: ace at May 13, 2011 10:02 PM (nj1bB)
You said it much better than I did.BTW, I like the lower-case. It's old school.
So much of the academic life is putting different clothes on the same mannequin. As a mathematician, I can at least see how people end up rediscovering the wheel that they should have paid me for.

So many of our intellectual elite don't appreciate how little they know. And how easily fooled they are.

They think that an "expert" in climate science can predict...well, anything.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 10:13 PM (73tyQ)

66 If the elite are so elite why are the overwhelming majority of their voters the poorest and most undereducated of all of us?

Posted by: robtr at May 13, 2011 10:13 PM (MtwBb)

67 I'm part Irish, and my husband is Italian. Where do we sign up for our reparations? Can we say we own a farm?

Posted by: Barb the Evil Genius at May 13, 2011 10:13 PM (MyByM)

68 A warning bell went off in my head when the author included journalists in the list of "elites" along with doctors and lawyers. Here's a hint: when your job is to tell people what other people did all day, you're not elite. You're a tape recorder that eats. I noticed he also included college professors. No scientists, no business leaders, no military people.
You can be an elite level anything, if you put enough work into it to master it; the idea that you get elite status with your job title is asinine.

Posted by: Secundus at May 13, 2011 10:14 PM (x/9BF)

69 Uhh, was there testing or a study done on that?

Yes.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at May 13, 2011 10:14 PM (7utQ2)

70 >>>39 Ace- you sometimes wake up late, but you wake up well.


Well thank you but if you mean I'm just waking up to this you're wrong.

The area I have written about the best, most, and longest is the pretensions (and incompetency) of the New Aristocracy.

I've written about it so much I can now just google for one of the ten pieces I've written on it and link that.

Posted by: ace at May 13, 2011 10:14 PM (nj1bB)

71 They hate us. They really, really hate us.
Posted by: Trimegistus at May 13, 2011 10:02 PM (EQSlS)
NOTICED THAT, DID YOU?

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at May 13, 2011 10:14 PM (bxiXv)

72 I always thought that a giantTrebuchet would have been way better at drawing and holding a crowdthan the Guillotine.
Plus, if you launch someone 50+ Feet in the air and a few hundred yards downrange, every seat in the house is a good seat.
We could even work a moat and some alligators in for the hoi polloi.
Put the Trebuchet on a lazy susan with a random release switch, with differing items in the landing zone.
Good times.

Posted by: John P. Squibob at May 13, 2011 10:15 PM (/U/Mr)

73 Thanks that and NAMs confused me for the longest time.

Posted by: Derek Haysom at May 13, 2011 10:15 PM (W7FK3)

74 >>>If the elite are so elite why are the overwhelming majority of their voters the poorest and most undereducated of all of us?

Yes, that is very odd.

Posted by: Karl Marx, circa 1868 at May 13, 2011 10:15 PM (nj1bB)

75 Look at Marco Rubio: the man is white enough to be an MSNBC talking
head. Yet he gets called "non-white" because his name is Spanish - even
though Spain is a white European nation. It's ridiculous.

Cubanos son blancos. Es verdad.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 10:16 PM (73tyQ)

76 52 I always thought that a giantTrebuchet would have been way better at drawing and holding a crowdthan the Guillotine. True, but the launch nearly always snaps the neck and they fly weird.
Posted by: Beto at May 13, 2011 10:08 PM (H+LJc)
Well that's what can make it fun. You take bets on the distance travelled.

Posted by: buzzion at May 13, 2011 10:18 PM (oVQFe)

77 So many of our intellectual elite don't appreciate how little they know.
Preach it, Brother. In advance of the 2012 election I recommend we all re-read the good Dr. Sowell.
Or Dr. Lasch.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at May 13, 2011 10:18 PM (hTQzU)

78 I dunno, I think Peggy Noonan got it right. They know they don't know shit but they got theirs, and it sucks to be us.

Posted by: Moist Towelette at May 13, 2011 10:18 PM (8+z2E)

79 I read a teleprompter and single-handedly accelerated the demise of CBS "News." Am I not elite?

Posted by: Katie Couric et al. at May 13, 2011 10:21 PM (DAEhL)

80 I've written about it so much I can now just google for one of the ten pieces I've written on it and link that.







Posted by: ace at May 13, 2011 10:14 PM (nj1bB)

Any of that address methods of controlling the public opinion?
Like Pelosi said, "It's our messaging."

Posted by: Beto at May 13, 2011 10:22 PM (H+LJc)

81 True, but the launch nearly always snaps the neck and they fly weird.
Posted by: Beto at May 13, 2011 10:08 PM (H+LJc)

That is part of the beauty...no two go out the same way. Besides, if you hook'em up by the ankles you get the scream. It's about the sizzle as well as the steak.
The Guillotine is repetitive. Seen one head roll, seen them all...
Death by Trebuchetallows you to mix up the 'landing'. One day a Brick Wall, the next a bog filled with gators!
Variety, itputs asses in the seats. I don't want a lap dance from the plumper...but someone does, or she wouldn't be waddling around the club in a bikini.

Posted by: garrett at May 13, 2011 10:22 PM (o92B0)

82 But what our current "elite" have is an incredible hubris, and belief that their very, very limited skill-set is some sort of omni-toolkit for solving any problem, granting them instant deep expertise in any subject they survey
Don't worry about that blown well and all that oil gushing in the gulf.
My Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu,has a Nobel Prize in Physics.
Did I mention that he has a Nobel Prize?
Steven Chu has a Nobel Prize.
No worries. He has a Nobel Prize.




Nobel Prize!!

Posted by: President Petey at May 13, 2011 10:23 PM (AnTyA)

83 That is, you are privileging *status* of speaker
over substance of statement just as the elite do -- you're just doing it
in the opposite direction.
Posted by: ace at May 13, 2011 10:10 PM (nj1bB)
Maybe. Or maybe it's elitism like a fox.I think we need to get into the deconstruction and critical theory game.Obama is smart because he went to Harvard Law? I say he's stupid because he went to Harvard Law. No math, no dissertation, no competition from foreign-educated students.
You say we're racist? I say your noblesse oblige is racist.You say welfare helps the poor? I say it destroys the poor so that you can feel good about yourself.Etc.So much of the appeal of the Democrats is bien pensants (which is a phrase you've latched onto, ace -- full credit). It's summed up by that bumper sticker that says, "Democrats: They care about people"Yes, I know. The party that trashes Sarah Palin and disdains Joe the Plumber and is chock full of Ivy League law grads is the party of that dirty, smelly working class.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 10:23 PM (73tyQ)

84 I don't want a lap dance from the plumper...but someone does, or she wouldn't be waddling around the club in a bikini.
That's not the visual I was looking for right about now.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at May 13, 2011 10:23 PM (hTQzU)

85 It will not end well, but it will end.
The waiting is hell.

Posted by: Stateless Canadian Infidel at May 13, 2011 10:24 PM (GKQDR)

86 "Describes and mocks young urban liberal whites by and large."

Yeah their lack of interest in anything but their own little insular whitebread fetishes, for all their sniveling about "diversity" and multiculti.

Posted by: Moist Towelette at May 13, 2011 10:24 PM (8+z2E)

87 78
I dunno, I think Peggy Noonan got it right. They know they don't know shit but they got theirs, and it sucks to be us.

Huh. That doesn't sound like Peggy -- even in paraphrase.

They used to have "smart growth" signs around our town. I always read them as "I've got mine."

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 10:24 PM (73tyQ)

88 When the Clintons were in the Whitehouse, I was always struck by their hubris, particularly of Hillary. The great minds of the past were delighted if they had one original thought, or advanced the culture once. The Boomer Hillary thought that she had a new, good, and moreover, significant idea everyday after breakfast.

Posted by: toby928™ at May 13, 2011 10:24 PM (GTbGH)

89 Steven Chu has a Nobel Prize.

In experimental physics.

Yeah. Experimental physics is to physics as social science is to science.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 10:26 PM (73tyQ)

90 I don't think it's that, well, maybe I'm missing something... But I
really don't think that Barack Obama laughs at the little people



(IMHO) No. He does laugh at the little people, but not for ideological reasons.

He hates what we represent - what he could have been.

He grew up with two sides money class status -vs- poor, ignored, (maybe even 'who the fuck is my daddy?) side.

He laughs at us, because he rose 'above' us. He hates us with the power of 7 suns.

Anybody that grew up poor had a mom that gladly made hand-me-downs last through 2 to 5 kids. Any kid, having only the choice of wearing hand-me-downs or going naked, HATED wearing the toobig/small, ill-fitting, stretched out, super thin, torn or holey clothes. Those same kids grew to be adults and now a lot of them refuse to make their kids wear hand-me-downs (or shop at Good Will, Odd Lots, yard sales, etc.)

Ex. I refuse to drive a green (any shade) car or a van of any type. Why? Because we had a two-tone green rust bucket of a van that dad would drive us everywhere in. We would beg to be dropped off blocks from wherever we were going but dad always refused. We would lay down in the back seat so no one would see us in it. I hated it, and the hate remains today (I'm clinching my teeth just typing about it).

Obama is one of those kids. He hates the poor side of his family. He hates what they represent.

He uses the poor for power. He doesn't care about raising taxes, or utility bills, or the price of gas, because he hates us anyone that is struggling to make it. He hates what he could have been. He hates the poor, black side of himself.


Posted by: momma at May 13, 2011 10:26 PM (penCf)

91 "Kids who weren’t raised in church or synagogue or mosque, who were taught that ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ were simplistic categories in a complex moral world of shades of gray, who were told that their highest moral duty was to be true to their inner passions, who were the first generation in American history to be raised in a Scripture-free educational medium, turn into self-indulgent, corner-cutting, self-centered adults."
Where did that come from -

Posted by: SomeWhereSouthWest at May 13, 2011 10:26 PM (CyPWX)

92 The Boomer Hillary thought that she had a new, good, and moreover, significant idea everyday after breakfast.
Yes, but the sad part is that Hillary thought a bowel movement was a "significant idea."
That's why she had them everyday after breakfast.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at May 13, 2011 10:27 PM (hTQzU)

93 What was posted...... "I don't want a lap dance from the plumper..."
What dyslexia saw..... "I don't want a lap dance from the plumber..."
I had to read it three times

Posted by: Beto at May 13, 2011 10:27 PM (H+LJc)

94 Momma, I think you hit the nail on the head.

Posted by: Sean Bannion at May 13, 2011 10:29 PM (hTQzU)

95 Sorry for the crappy spelling and grammar errors in #90. I hit post before I read through it again.

Posted by: momma at May 13, 2011 10:29 PM (penCf)

96 tone green rust bucket of a van that dad would drive us everywhere in. We would beg to be dropped off blocks from wherever we were going but dad always refused. We would lay down in the back seat so no one would see us in it. I hated it, and the hate remains today (I'm clinching my teeth just typing about it).
OMG..I think you're my sister!!

Posted by: beedubya at May 13, 2011 10:29 PM (AnTyA)

97 The problem with the elite is their knowledge base went to hell. It used to be they knew the classics, could read Latin, understood philosophy. Now they mostly know nuance, tone, subtext, and counter-subtext. They really have very little actual knowledge any more.

But I think that bubble is bursting. It was a glory ride knowing everything about nothing. The door is opening for people who know stuff about stuff.

Posted by: MaxMBJ at May 13, 2011 10:32 PM (6SIms)

98 Yeah their lack of interest in anything but their
own little insular whitebread fetishes, for all their sniveling about
"diversity" and multiculti.

Posted by: Moist Towelette at May 13, 2011 10:24 PM (8+z2E)
You want the real killer, the real coup de grace? America had legalized slavery because of multiculturalism.No shit.The colonies (here, Virginia) had a system of indentured servitude, but not permanent slavery. Various people were indentured, some were Europeans paying for the Atlantic passage, some were captured against their will in the slave trade and brought over. But all were free after a certain number of years and their children were not obliged at all.A former indentured servant, an Angolan named Anthony Johnson, had been freed after a few years and got prosperous enough to get an indentured servant of his own, another African named John Casor.Casor wanted to be free, again after a few years had passed, to work for a nearby white farmer. Johnson did not want this at all and sued to keep him as a slave. His argument was that, as an Angolan, he could not be told by Virginia that he could not practice his native tradition of slave-owning.And he became the first genuine slaveowner in the colonies.Thanks to multiculturalism.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 10:32 PM (73tyQ)

99 He uses the poor for power. He doesn't care about
raising taxes, or utility bills, or the price of gas, because he hates
us anyone that is struggling to make it. He hates what he could have
been. He hates the poor, black side of himself.
Posted by: momma at May 13, 2011 10:26 PM (penCf)

I remember reading that some liberals who met Obama were struck at how bored he was when they would talk about things like helping the poor but his eyes would light up at getting back at the rich.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 10:35 PM (73tyQ)

100 >> Its arrogance hits a zenith just as its actual capability hits its trough -- a tandem that often go together

That damned Dunning-Kruger effect rears it's ugly had again.

Posted by: Andy at May 13, 2011 10:35 PM (veZ9n)

101 I hates every last iota of you Krackah Rabble!

Posted by: King Shamir Shabazz Yo! Better at May 13, 2011 10:35 PM (o92B0)

102 There's a level of "smart" that is simply sanctimonious stupidity. They're also very gullible. They'll ignore fine art but admire a framed dropcloth. They like poetry, so long as it has neither rhyme nor cadence, and they pay a premium to go "Italian restaurants" that don't serve Italian food.

Posted by: Flying Manatee at May 13, 2011 10:36 PM (jVdDe)

103 98
The problem with the elite is their knowledge base went to hell. It
used to be they knew the classics, could read Latin, understood
philosophy. Now they mostly know nuance, tone, subtext, and
counter-subtext. They really have very little actual knowledge any
more.

Posted by: MaxMBJ at May 13, 2011 10:32 PM (6SIms)
"...as useless as your degrees. What is `liberal arts' anyway?" -- the evil city college dean in Community

Posted by: AmishDude at May 13, 2011 10:36 PM (73tyQ)

104 This juxtaposition of the similtaneous arrogance and incompetence of the elite is what animates the TEA Party and makes the viability of a Cain or Palin Presidency possible.

Posted by: Minuteman at May 13, 2011 10:37 PM (/FqjZ)

105 I think that what we currently have is a form of the "Stanford Prison Experiment" except that instead of prison guards and prisoners we have the "ruling class" and "elite" on one side and the "average Joe's" on the other. Just like in the experiment there may be no rhyme or reason why someone is on one side or the other, maybe just luck or privilege but once the teams are chosen everyone plays the role that they are given. The master and the slaves, the rulers and the ruled.It blows my mind that there are people in congress who actually worry that the island of Guam is going to tip over and they make decisions that affect my life......

Posted by: CrookedRecords at May 13, 2011 10:39 PM (mzlaM)

106 Had = head ... stoopid iPad and/or boozefingers.

Posted by: Andy at May 13, 2011 10:40 PM (veZ9n)

107 I think the issue is thatpoliticsandreligionhave merged for some people. Being a lefty isthe organizing principle of their lives, the source of their identity and the key to paradise.

Posted by: vivi at May 13, 2011 10:41 PM (fHPjz)

108 Posted by: momma at May 13, 2011 10:26 PM (penCf)

I got the shivering douchechills reading that.

Everything I wore growing up was a hand-me-down from my older brother. I HATED not having new clothes.

Contrarily, I went from embarassment to love when I turned 15 and was finally able to drive our shitbox mint-green 1973 Ford LTD. No clearcoat. If you leaned against it, that chalky paint would end up on your clothes.

Even without my wife's investment income, I've reached a level of affluence my parent could never dream of. And while I wouldn't force my kids to wear hand-me-downs, for the most part, they WANT to wear their big sister's clothes. And we're still driving eight year-old Ford and Chevy SUVs in a neighborhood filled with BMWs, Mercedes and Porsches.

Fuck buying a new car just because you can. Growing up poor has some valuable lessons, if you're willing to learn them.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at May 13, 2011 10:42 PM (W7Ddq)

109 I just cant stop reading this. Its so cool, so full of information that I just didnt know. Im glad to see that people are actually writing about this issue in such a smart way, showing us all different sides to it. Youre a great blogger. Please keep it up. I cant wait to read whats next.

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Holy shit, Ace! She's totally digging you!

Play it cool, man. You've got the hook in the fish, you just have to reel it in slow and get it to the boat. Then you fuck the fish like she stole your bike.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at May 13, 2011 10:47 PM (caOCZ)

110 >> Growing up poor has some valuable lessons, if you're willing to learn them.

Damned right. I was basically raised by my grandmother who was so poor the great depression was a non-event. The Boomers rebelled against common sense.

Posted by: Andy at May 13, 2011 10:51 PM (veZ9n)

111 @26 He was a professor
No. No, he wasn't. He was never a fucking professor. I wasa professor, and I busted my ass, first to publish enough to get a tenure track position, and then to get tenure. That involved working my ass off, and publishing like a bastard in both cases.
JEF never did either of those. He's never published shit in his life. The communists want us to believe this asshole was a professor, but he can't spell "professor." He gave a few guest lectures. That's it. He's no more a professor than he is an MLB pitcher because he made a (girly) throw of the first pitch at the All-Star game.
Sorry, but this meme pisses me off.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at May 13, 2011 10:54 PM (IdCuw)

112 Growing up poor has some valuable lessons, if you're willing to learn them.

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at May 13, 2011 10:42 PM (W7Ddq)


The poor enjoy life, the rich merely live it.The poor have experiences, the rich have things.I'd rather be poor.

Posted by: momma at May 13, 2011 11:04 PM (penCf)

113 The poor enjoy life, the rich merely live it.The poor have experiences, the rich have things.I'd rather be poor.
Posted by: momma at May 13, 2011 11:04 PM (penCf)
I've known poor people who thought about nothing but things, shoes, TVs, bling, whatever.I've known rich people who lived simply, didn't give a shit, just happened to be good at something people would pay for.While I'd rather be poor and happy than rich and unhappy, I'd rather be rich and happy than poor and unhappy.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith at May 13, 2011 11:08 PM (bxiXv)

114 I say, JeffB. Drive the Bentley around to the front, would you, old boy?

Posted by: probably not ann althouse at May 13, 2011 11:09 PM (Y1DZt)

115 105 -
That is possible, the powers that be haven't figured outwhat to cook.
Maybe turd stew like '08.

Posted by: SomeWhereSouthWest at May 13, 2011 11:19 PM (CyPWX)

116 Welcome to the club, Walter. Some of us have been saying these things on line for years now.

I think I first noticed the analogy of the American political class to late 18th century French aristocracy when the PC obsession arose. The aristos were obsessed with etiquette, which wasn't the stuff we think of today about not talking with your mouth full but an elaborate scheme to control all social interactions among the in crowd. The whole hierarchy of claims to status as a victim which is at the heart of PC is quite similar in nature and has created just as much isolation from what has been happening in the general population.

The last
scene from Dangerous Liaisons comes to mind when I think about how it will end. The treacherous Madame de Mertuil flees from her box at the opera
because of the boos and hissing of those in the cheap
seats. When she takes off her layers of makeup the face staring back from her mirror is ugly.



Posted by: NC Mountain Girl at May 13, 2011 11:27 PM (ZzqpK)

117 I believe he misidentifies the elite. To me the elite are the chattering classes, people who's belief systems do no have a reinforcing feedback system that tell's them whether they are right or wrong or doing things right or wrong. If a politician is wrong about creating or sustaining a parasitic system that will eventually kill the host they will be gone before that happens. When a humanities professor teaches Marxist claptrap they will never be called on their error. When a journalist prints deceptions in the NYT he still gets accolades by the corrupt system. When a rent seeking capitalist who has political connections at Goldman Sachs double deals the Fed and the Pols look after him. But if a baker burns the bread, or an electrician sets up a circuit wrong, or carpenter build a wall out of square. But all of the elites eventually pay. Be not deceived, God is not mocked; your sins will find you out. He who sows inequity will reap a whirlwind.

Posted by: Minuteman at May 13, 2011 11:30 PM (/FqjZ)

118 Ex. I refuse to drive a green (any shade) car or a van of any type. Why? Because we had a two-tone green rust bucket of a van that dad would drive us everywhere in. We would beg to be dropped off blocks from wherever we were going but dad always refused. We would lay down in the back seat so no one would see us in it. I hated it, and the hate remains today (I'm clinching my teeth just typing about it).

Posted by: momma at May 13, 2011 10:26 PM (penCf) , There were five kids in my family and I remember one time whenthere was only one weinie left in the pack of hot dogs in the refrigerator. We all tried to get home to be the one who got to eat a hot dog for supper, while the rest of us would have to make due with a meal of weinie water.

Posted by: Minuteman at May 13, 2011 11:40 PM (/FqjZ)

119 #17, Nothing new there. Other legislators from the South and West sides
often poked fun at State Senator Obama when he tried to talk and act
like he was a brother.

Posted by: NC Mountain Girl at May 13, 2011 11:45 PM (ZzqpK)

120 121
#17, Nothing new there. Other legislators from the South and West sides
often poked fun at State Senator Obama when he tried to talk and act
like he was a brother.
Or when he was talking to the game announcers after whiffing the first pitch of the Cubs game.. "I like the White Sox. More of a blue collar team. . ."

Posted by: Dave C at May 14, 2011 12:35 AM (+pyHM)

121 We shan't be debasing ourself so.
Have the elite morphed into a plural "one" like the trinity?

Posted by: Granny Grammarian at May 14, 2011 12:48 AM (wOaLi)

122 117
Welcome to the club, Walter. Some of us have been saying these things on line for years now.

I think Walter Russell Mead is not going to be interesting in the near future for what he can teach us about what he's trying to teach us but what he can teach us about himself.

It's like watching Winston Smith slowly "getting it" in 1984.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 14, 2011 12:51 AM (T0NGe)

123 I absolutely love it when Ace accidentally sobers up long enough to compose and publish inspired entries like this one. I will click over and give Instapundit his due as well, but this post stands on its own.

This is the reason that, as much as I love Ed and Allahpundit, AoSHQ is still my FIRST click when I need my political fix.

Rock on, Ace.

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Posted by: romains at May 14, 2011 01:32 AM (4C4RX)

125 Please, more of this. You're not just onto something here, you're on to IT. If you're just drunk writing this, then keep drinking.

This shit is fucking inspired. I am literally knocked out.

*If its ok with you, I'm going to hear this entire post in Paul Ryan's voice. Thanks.

Posted by: Clownballoon at May 14, 2011 03:08 AM (qfkqa)

126 Very interesting point of view.
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Posted by: Marlene at May 14, 2011 03:32 AM (4q+5+)

127 Tumbrels...

Guillotines...

Mobs of enraged, offal-throwing peasants ( or voters, or citizens )...

Some ass'y required...

Posted by: backhoe at May 14, 2011 03:51 AM (0bk6W)

128 It will not end well, but it will end.
Amen.





Posted by: dfbaskwill at May 14, 2011 07:50 AM (ndlFj)

129 A warning bell went off in my head when the author included journalists in the list of "elites" along with doctors and lawyers. . . I noticed he also included college professors. No scientists, no business leaders, no military people.
You are missing the point of "elite" -they arenot the ones who produce,they arethe nobility, that gain their position by birth and can't be troubled to produce.
There has been a demographic and cultural shift in the Army since WWII - back then, officers were Ruling Class elite college graduates, and enlisted soldiers were Working Class uneducated salt-of-the-earth hicks. Now, not so much - we have many more enlisted soldiers becoming officers, or Working Class kids getting through college on an ROTC scholarship. I think someone realized that the talent pool had shifted.

Posted by: Penultimatum at May 14, 2011 09:31 AM (98agg)

130 When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Posted by: chuck in st paul at May 14, 2011 11:04 AM (EhYdw)

131 or was that...
When the only tool in your toolbox is Obama, everything looks like a fail.

Posted by: chuck in st paul at May 14, 2011 11:05 AM (EhYdw)

132 Big Dawg was an illegitimate poor boy from AR. He did not think of himself as 'elite'. I would say he 'gets it'- he 'gets' the people, b/c he is one of us.

Even years later having 'earned' his way into the 'elite (through school) they still rejected he and Hillary, witness EVERY SINGLE SALLY QUINN column in WaPo from the 8 yrs of Big Dawg, wherein she trashed their HillBilly attempts to live in the WH which the DC Elites thought was too good for those AR trash. mkay?

just sayin'

they call him a redneck, then and now.

Obama was always well-off compared to everyone he was around. In Indonesia his stepdad was an oil exec living well, in HI his granny was a bank exec living well attending private prep schools.

Bill was a poor kid in AR with no daddy who worked his ass off to get to an 'elite' position, but he never forgot who he was. and the press never let him forget either.

Same thing with Obummer, they recognize him as 'one of them', and they love the Versailles they all live in.

Posted by: ginaswo at May 14, 2011 11:14 AM (jz1Zd)

133 Ace
Your summary of what Walter Mead had to saynailed IT better than Mead himself. But then again, Mead is part of the elite that created this situation and as such can't force himself to see how truly rotten the state of Denmark has become.

Posted by: Call me Lennie at May 14, 2011 12:52 PM (GOsSG)

134 I would say the "elite" is composed of the chattering classes, the elected classes, those in the arts, and those in Hollywood, all of whom MUST ascribe to the "prevailing wisdom" in order to maintain their membership.

I think one of the reasons they hated George Bush so much was that he was (by right of birth and schooling) an elitist, but he had rejected it. Did you ever wonder why he talks with that Texas twang while his younger brother Jeb sounds like he came from prep school? I think Bush decided early on to reject a lot of this. He went to Andover but left the part of his childhood he loved behind, and I think that is why he went back to Midland after graduation.

Bush was always more comfortable with the military guys, the guys on the line at factories, the farmers and ranchers, the regular folks. Watching him on C-SPAN I was struck by how he really talked WITH those people, not AT them. When he was most ill-at-ease was with the press, Hollywood, TV interviews, dealing with Pelosi and Reid (well, who wouldn't be ).

I think they hated him because he had left the herd so they viewed him as an outcase. Jeb has never gotten the virulence his older brother did.

And Palin is a woman who didn't go to the approved schools and who will not parrot the approved feminist line, yet rose to be a governor. Whack-a-mole on her as well. And lest we forget, poor Harriet Meiers, graduate of SMU law school and not Yale or Harvard, was trashed unmercifully by our own conservative elitists, including Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, and the loathesome David Frum. Those people even made fun of her eye make-up, thinkers all.

As far as I am concerned, if I ran a company I would never hire anyone from an Ivy League school, not even a lawyer or an MBA grad. Nope. Not one.
I consider a diploma from one of those schools a certificate of obnoxiousness and cluelessness.

Posted by: Miss Marple at May 14, 2011 01:43 PM (Fo83G)

135 I have only one word to add:
Ceausescu

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A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
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