Megan McArdle’s attack on the elitism of the educated is stirring up a storm of comment
Let’s be honest, coastal folks: when you meet someone with a thick southern accent who likes NASCAR and attends a bible church, do you think, “hey, maybe this is a cool person”? And when you encounter someone who went to Eastern Iowa State, do you accord them the same respect you give your friends from Williams? It’s okay — there’s no one here but us chickens. You don’t.
Maybe you don’t know you’re doing it. But I have quite brilliant friends who grew up in rural areas and went to state schools — not Michigan or UT, but ordinary state schools — who say that, indeed, when they mention where they went to school, there’s often a droop in the eyelids, a certain forced quality to the smile. Oh, Arizona State. Great weather out there. Don’t I need a drink or something? This person couldn’t possibly interest me.
After I was graduated from Stanford, my parents started going on cruises sponsored by the Stanford Alumni Association. At the first get-together, everyone wore name tags with their Stanford year or the name of their alma mater. My father told me he decided University of Nebraska wouldn’t win him enough respect. “I put Harvard,” he said. (I think he was kidding.)
Of course, all this is about Sarah Palin, who attended several colleges before earning a communications degree at University of Idaho.
In the New York Times, David Brooks advises Obama to attack the snobbery of his supporters.
Specifically, he needs to attack the snobs who are savaging Sarah Palinâ€™s faith and family. Many liberals claim to love working-class families, but the moment they glimpse a hunter with an uneven college record, they hop on chairs and call for disinfectant. Obama needs to attack Bill Maher for calling her a stewardess and the rest of the coastal condescenders.
Much of the Clinton-Obama primaries seemed to focus on who was more of a regular guy. Obama can’t bowl! I guess that’s the reverse snobbery of the working class.