Did you hear the one about the fabulously wealthy woman who’s never worked a day in her life and the US Senator raised by blue collar grandparents who got into college on a scholarship? She says he’s elitist.
Yeah, I know. I did the little jaw-drop-slight-puzzled-smile-confused-look, too. But she’s serious. Apparently Lynn For….oh, excuse me. LADY Lynn Forester de Rothschild, wife of British financier* and one of the wealthiest men in the world Sir Evelyn Robert Adrian de Rothschild. But hey. You can tell by the names! They’re ordinary people, just like you and me, right? I mean, I’m sure that when she’s jetting back and forth between New York and London, Lady Lynn is probably slummin’ it back in coach with her peeps. What’s that? She doesn’t fly commercial? Oh. She probably uses the private jet because she feels bad, what the classist, elitist thing between first class and coach.
Where was I? Oh, yeah. Aparently Lady Lynn feels Barack Obama is elitist. And so are the rest of us, the media included:
Rothschild revived the elitism argument Wednesday, this time aiming her barbs at Blitzer.
When the host asked if she was getting “grief” from Democrats displeased by her endorsement, Lady Rothschild got annoyed.
“I’m getting it all the time, particularly from the likes of you, the liberal elite,” she quipped. “You’re the elite, not me.”
Okay, I think the McCain campaign is stretching juuuuuuuuuust a tad, here. They are trying really, REALLY hard to make the elitist tag stick, but it isn’t working. It must be so frustrating. What’s happened since 2004, when the candidate with all the houses and the loud mouthed, creepy looking heiress wife…… ohhhhh. Okay, yeah. And I guess getting people like Lynnie D (I can call her that. She’s just people.) to point and say “elitist” doesn’t really help, does it?
There are others who now say “well, elitism isn’t about how much money you have. It’s about your attitude toward ‘normal’ folks.” Okay. Let’s look at attitudes toward “normal” folks who are using the ‘elitist’ smear.
Pat Robertson was born into a wealthy political family, and has frequently guested on MSNBC. He’s dispensed such wisdom to “normal folks” as:
“I’d like to say to the good citizens of Dover: If there is a disaster in your area, don’t turn to God, you just rejected him from your city. And don’t wonder why he hasn’t helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I’m not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that’s the case, don’t ask for his help because he might not be there.” ~ Pat throwing a fit after Dover, PA booted their school board which attempted to install ID in the classroom.
“Well, I totally concur.” –Pat Robertson to Jerry Falwell following the Sept. 11 attacks, after Falwell said, “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say: “You helped this happen.”
Pat’s a real down to earth kind of guy, isn’t he? Then there’s ol’ Fart Fa…er.. Blossom himself, Karl Rove. Here’s what Karl, friend of the everyman, has to say about ‘normal’ people:
When Senator Chuck Grassley tried to rewrite Mr. Bush’s 1.7 trillion dollar tax cut to include six billion in tax credits for [faith based] groups helping the poor — tax credits that Mr. Bush himself had publicly proposed — Kuo says Bush’s assistant [Rove] told Grassley to drop the charity tax credits. The White House had no interest.
That the “Christian” right still eats up the crap that spews from this man’s mouth is beyond me.
Admit it. You don’t dislike Obama because he’s “elitist” and “talks above” you. It wouldn’t matter if he talked “like normal people,” it DOESN’T matter that he’s worked his way up from blue collar on his own, nothing he does or says will change your mind. And it has nothing to do with “elitism.” I’d have a lot more respect for people using that term if they were honest. The plain fact is: Barack Obama is whip smart. Smarter than a whole lot of people in this country. And those people, as a general rule, don’t like the smart kid in the room. Think about it. Who usually gets the snot beat out of them in school? It isn’t the dummy. It isn’t the “normal” people. It’s the smart kid. Because smart kids make “normal” people feel insecure. Thing is? We NEED smart people right now.
You feel insecure because Obama’s smarter than you? Whose fault is it that you watch American Idol and drink beer while he studied his brains out? Hint: Not his.
*financier is a not-at-all elitist term for banker who grew up playing polo and driving expensive sports cars.