You must be an elitist snob

If you’re reading this blog, that is. A couple of interesting quotes, from Sarah Palin, and Ted Stevens’ defense attorney, in this morning’s news.

When Katie Couric asked Palin why she didn’t have a passport until last year (did she use it?)

Palin said she was not one of those “kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say, ‘Go off and travel the world.’ No, I’ve worked all my life. In fact, I usually had two jobs all my life until I had kids.” She said she learned about the world through education and books.

Portraying Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) as a man of the people

“You won’t find him at the art gallery” on days off, Sullivan assured the jurors. “He’ll put on boots and go out in the woods.”

Clearly, art galleries and the woods are mutually exclusive. I must be schizophrenic. And if you’ve ever traveled to another continent, you’re obviously a child of privilege.

I don’t take these ad hominem attacks lightly. In China’s Cultural Revolution, “intellectuals” were beaten and sent off to work on the farms. Sometimes they were simply murdered. We’re a ways from that scary scenario, but we’re headed in that direction. I, for one, refuse to be insulted or cowed by dolts, much less led by them.

If people who travel abroad and go to art galleries frighten the Proudly Mediocre, I say let’s think out loud, and rub their noses in it. Sarah Palin is the matriarch of two dysfunctional families, one of which is the largest (in area) state in the country. Ted Stevens is a thief. Our children should emulate them?

Of course, it doesn’t take an intellectual giant to see either of them as a stain on our political system. One can only marvel at the low character of an attorney who would defend the likes of Ted Stevens, or the incompetence of a would-be president who selected Sarah Palin as his running mate. If they like the Alaska woods so much, let’s send them back to the woods. Anything to get them out of office, and keep them out.

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