The elitists favor sophistication, but the common-sense folk favor simplicity. The elitists favor deliberation, but the populists favor instinct.
This populist tendency produced the term-limits movement based on the belief that time in government destroys character but contact with grass-roots America gives one grounding in real life. And now it has produced Sarah Palin.
Palin is the ultimate small-town renegade rising from the frontier to do battle with the corrupt establishment. Her followers take pride in the way she has aroused fear, hatred and panic in the minds of the liberal elite. The feminists declare that she’s not a real woman because she doesn’t hew to their rigid categories. People who’ve never been in a Wal-Mart think she is parochial because she has never summered in Tuscany.
Look at the condescension and snobbery oozing from elite quarters, her backers say. Look at the endless string of vicious, one-sided attacks in the news media. This is what elites produce. This is why regular people need to take control.
And there’s a serious argument here. In the current Weekly Standard, Steven Hayward argues that the nation’s founders wanted uncertified citizens to hold the highest offices in the land. They did not believe in a separate class of professional executives. They wanted rough and rooted people like Palin.
But Brooks is having none of it. He now has become a true RINO standard bearer, another Lincoln Chafee or Chuck Hagel and spends the rest of his column in a soft-shoe Bush-Derangement-Syndrome rant. All of which points out the DNC talking points about Sarah Palin's inexperience.
He is a true Upper West Sider in his absolute silence about the colossal inexperience of Barack Obama, whose resume is, if anything, thinner than Palin's. On energy issues, Palin is truly the most knowledgeable governor. Not a word from Thunder Muffin. On most issues, Barry is woefully untested, and cannot participate in town hall meetings with McCain because he is routinely flummoxed without a teleprompter. Obama needs to shout fire in a crowded room about the economy, hoping it will sink further. Why not note that, Thunder Muffin?
While noting the condescension and snobbery, TM joins it in his unreasoned rejection of Palin---let's face it, he's probably a closet-sexist himself or perhaps diligent about keeping his unracist credentials burnished and buffed.
How else to explain not a word about the colossal hoax that is Barack Obama & his invisible resume---the magic negro, as the Los Angeles Times famously put it---and BHO's long-time associations with racists and criminal leftists [Ayers, Dohrn, et al.]?
Thunder Muffin wants to keep his NYT day job something fierce.