The odor of elitism is like onion
breath: It`s quick to acquire, hard to mask. Try as he
might, Barack Obama cannot camouflage the political
stink he exhaled when he
dissed small-town Americans as "bitter"
Neanderthals "clinging" to their
guns, faith and
belief in strict immigration enforcement. It wasn`t
the first time the effete Snob-ama revealed himself.
In Philadelphia, he passed up the
hometown cheesesteak—gloppy, artery clogging and
blue-collar (yum!)—for a nibble of Spanish-imported,
$100/pound ham. In Iowa, he
moaned to voters about the price of arugula at Whole
Foods market. (Fun fact: There aren`t any Whole Foods
markets in Iowa.) And at an
Altoona bowling alley, he couldn`t even score his
age. Superficial but telling glimpses of a condescending
Obama is reportedly flummoxed that his
remarks have been interpreted as arrogant. After all, he
"community organizer" who came from a
single-parent home! He is The Everyman. The Uniter. The
Soul-Fixer. The Vessel of All Hopes and Dreams. How
could he possibly be perceived as out of touch?
Beltway elitism isn`t about biography. It`s a
corrupted state of mind. Obama can at least console
himself with the knowledge that he has plenty of
out-of-touch company in both parties in Washington.
Let`s face it. Hundred-million-dollar
Hillary "I`m not
Tammy Wynette" Clinton, John "$400
Kerry and Al
"$30,000 utility bill" Gore make Obama look like
a peon of pretension. And it`s hard to top the
imperiousness of Reps.
Patrick Kennedy and
Sheila Jackson-Lee, who all abused law enforcement
or service workers while demanding special privileges as
But Republicans are just as susceptible
to the Democrats` do-as-I-say virus.
Take Obama`s GOP presidential rival,
John McCain. The
New York Times-endorsed
darling got a standing ovation from the nation`s
newspaper editors at a big journalism powwow in
Washington this week. Some maverick. While McCain
eagerly criticized Obama as an "elitist" for his
derisive comments about
small-town Pennsylvanians, Obama`s
got nothing on McCain when it comes to
insulting average Americans who oppose illegal
Pandering to the open-borders lobby as
cozily as Obama panders to San Francisco billionaires,
McCain has attacked grassroots enforcement activists as
bitter racists and xenophobes, cursed his Senate
opponents and mocked the
in front of his deep-pocketed business
who can forget his disdainful admonition to
conservatives, whom he berated to
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, McCain`s ally,
infamously vowed to National Council of La Raza
"We`re going to tell the bigots to shut up."
Retired GOP-Senator-turned-lobbyist Trent Lott
moaned about populist conservative talk radio being
a "problem" that Washington Republicans had to
Speaking of whom, what`s old
vacant Lott up to now? The Washington Post
reported last week that he`s "struggling" to
adjust to life in the private sector. "I took the
Metro for the first time," he told the paper. It`s
hard not having his own taxpayer-funded car and driver
anymore. And this bozo bon mot: "I haven`t paid for
lunch in 30 years," he joked.
Memo to Beltway GOP: If you are looking
to repair your image with your conservative base, this
is not the kind of press you want. Makes for great cable
TV greenroom small talk. Not so good for your
beleaguered fundraising efforts.
And not so helpful if you plan to
convince voters in the general election that you are
materially different from Snob-ama and his Democratic
who traffic in contempt for the common man.
It`s going to take more than rhetorical
Altoids to dispel the smell.
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Michelle Malkin [email
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
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