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Demonstrating again how she earned the title of Dumbest woman in the Senate, Bab’s “pay me” Boxer tossed this little ...item into the punchbowl:

Sen. Barbara Boxer has fired a shot across the bow of Carly Fiorina - in the hopes that her Republican rival’s ownership of a pair of yachts might sink her with voters.

Boxer has taken to comparing her years of “public service” to Fiorina’s choice “to become a CEO, lay off 30,000 workers, ship jobs overseas (and) have two yachts.”

Considering she made most of her gazillions from her “service” at the public trough, that demonstrated quite a lot of faith in the compliant nature of the average CA voter.  Granted, possibly not misplaced, but still

These two quotes provide further enlightenment—I’ll send ya to Ace for the rest.

[VDH] In short, money, privilege, and status create in the cultural elite both a fear of mixing it up with others that might jeopardize position and placement, and yet guilt for that very sense of entitlement and exemption. All that, in turn, only heightens the shrill and sanctimonious rhetorical demands on less blessed others to prove their morality.

[Janet Daley] What is more startling is the growth in America of precisely the sort of political alignment which we have known for many years in Britain: an electoral alliance of the educated, self-consciously (or self-deceivingly, depending on your point of view) “enlightened” class with the poor and deprived. ... What is peculiar in American terms is that this sentiment is taking on precisely the pseudo-aristocratic tone of disdain for the aspiring, struggling middle class that is such a familiar part of the British scene.

They really think US dumbass redneck Americans ain’t a’gonna grasp that insult? 

Noblesse Oblige—in order to work—requires respect for those to whom one is obliged.  Otherwise it’s just ol’ fashioned, condescending patronage.

Yanno… like this:

What it does mean is that a sizable percentage of the Tea Party types were born into a segregated America, many of them in the South or in the new working-class suburbs of the North, and lived through the marches and riots that punctuated the cultural and political upheaval of the 1960s. Their racial attitudes, like their philosophies of governance, reflect their complicated journeys.

...not necessarily because a subset of these antigovernment ideologues are racist, per se, but in part because they are just plain old.

Drop Dead, you elitist gits. 

Even tho it ruins my gag, here are some appetite-whetters from another gotta-read via Rushbo:

... our ruling class recruits and renews itself not through meritocracy but rather by taking into itself people whose most prominent feature is their commitment to fit in. The most successful neither write books and papers that stand up to criticism nor release their academic records. Thus does our ruling class stunt itself through negative selection. But the more it has dumbed itself down, the more it has defined itself by the presumption of intellectual superiority.

Its attitude is key to understanding our bipartisan ruling class. Its first tenet is that “we” are the best and brightest while the rest of Americans are retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly constrained. How did this replace the Founding generation’s paradigm that “all men are created equal”?

... Accordingly, by nature, superior men subdue inferior ones as they subdue lower beings or try to improve them as they please. ...

Our ruling class’s agenda is power for itself. While it stakes its claim through intellectual-moral pretense, it holds power by one of the oldest and most prosaic of means: patronage and promises thereof.

...In this clash, the ruling class holds most of the cards: because it has established itself as the fount of authority, its primacy is based on habits of deference. Breaking them, establishing other founts of authority, other ways of doing things, would involve far more than electoral politics.

Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite Claire, Ideologically Stubborn Heatist Ruralite
07/19 at 09:47 AM •
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