“As skewed as they are vapid”

5 Apr ’08

Glenn Greenwald on the media’s determination to portray Democrats as elitist:

One other point to note about all of this is that these fixations are as skewed as they are vapid. Barack Obama is an exotic elitist freak because he went to Harvard Law School and made $1 million from his book. Hillary Clinton can’t possibly have any connection to the Regular Folk because her husband, who grew up dirt poor, became quite wealthy after being President. John Kerry was completely removed from the concerns of the Regular People because his second wife was rich.

By contrast, George W. Bush was a down-home, salt-of-the-earth Man of the People despite being the grandson of a U.S. Senator, the son of a President (who greatly magnified his riches in his post-presidency), and the by-product of an extremely wealthy, coddled life. Ronald Reagan was pure Americana despite spending most of his adult life as a very wealthy Hollywood actor (and converting his post-presidency into far greater riches still).

And John McCain is as Regular a Guy as it gets, even though he dumped his first wife (the mother of his three children) after she was disfigured and disabled by a near-fatal car accident so that he could marry his much younger, much prettier, and extremely wealthy heiress-mistress, whose family riches then launched his political career and sustained a life of luxury for almost three decades (that’s how “McCain’s Sedona ranch” — i.e., his compound — came to be).

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oregonnerd April 30, 2008 at 13:54

The things thrown around in presidential campaigns are at best senseless and at worst (and probably as is) a deliberate attempt to obscure the premises, which are…

there is no popular vote for the president. The electoral college does it, and to date there have been four or five presidents confirmed as elected against the popular vote. I’d be less polite but I’ve seen no expletives thus I’m avoiding ’em (here).

I’d like to see an active feed to my mailbox of your blog, although I doubt that’s possible; nonetheless I’ve earmarked it. I am very attracted to the quality of thought and the quality of the language that supports it in what little I’ve read…
Glenn Charles


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