"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Just a Thought...

Wouldn't it be ironic if the first serious black presidential candidate in American history were undone in part because of a perception that he was "elitist"?

I mean, if Obama goes down - and who knows at this point what will happen - it will be because some portion of the Democratic or general electorate decided that his views were more representative of Harvard Law School than deepest, palest Pennsylvania. That's pretty remarkable, isn't it?

3 comments:

James F. Elliott said...

"Elitist" is perhaps the most vapid statement in American politics. Rush Limbaugh lives in Palm Beach, Florida. He's an elitist. Bill O'Reilly has an MPA from Harvard. He's an elitist. John McCain owns what, eight houses? President Bush went to Hanover, Yale, and Harvard. Elitists. If you have a graduate degree, you're by virtue of sheer statistics an elitist. Both parties are run by elitists.

What a meaningless characterization.

Tom Van Dyke said...

Oh, there's a real phenomenon here that can't be talked away, Mr. Elliott.

Nidsu said...

Interesting way to argue the "Elitist" tag away. So by Mr. Elliot's description anyone with money or a decent education is elitist?

I don't think that is what would give Obama the tag. I think that Obama does have an issue that he will fight with during the campaign. He has characterized many blue collar workers as basically gun-toting bible beating hicks.

It is this type of rhetoric and calling a female reporter sweetie that are building that phenomenon.

How big of an issue will it be, I think we will have to wait and see but it is there.