Thursday, July 3, 2008

Yglesias on John McCain as a "regular guy"

OK, so Matt Yglesias is no Mark Twain, but he definitely understands satire.

"By contrast (to "elitist" Barak Obama), John McCain is an all-American regular guy who, like most people, earns his keep by marrying an heiress. Like average, everyday folks the McCain's rely on credit cards to make ends meet month-to-month "Cindy McCain charged as much as $500,000 in a single month on one American Express card and $250,000 on another, while one of their two dependent children had an AmEx card with a monthly balance as large as $50,000." Yes it's true, one of McCain's dependent children spent approximately the median annual household income of the United States in a single month and that's how McCain knows how to connect with regular people."
That sensation you just felt was the needle being driven home.

And it reminds me about a Bill Maher commentary a couple years ago when he was blasting people for using the term "liberal elite" as an insult. He said elite is supposed to be a good thing, not a point of contention. He said if I get surgery, I'm going to want an elite surgeon. And he said the problem right now is that the country is being run not be elites, but rather by hayseeds.

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