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June 4th, 2008
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Oh, and also: Just in case you didn't hear -- I know, it's easy to miss these things -- Barack Obama is the Democratic presidential nominee.

Which makes it all the more important to file this David Brooks gaffe away in your brain, close to the top. Lock and load, and be ready to fire some savage mockery at a moment's notice when the inevitable attacks about Obama being "elitist," "out of touch," "not folksy," etc., come up.

Because it's been a standard canard of the right and their witless concern trolls in the mainstream media for literally decades now. It's long past time to bury the idea that someone Democrats who dare to show any intellectualism are "too good" to be president, or insufficiently manly, or otherwise deficient in character.

So please, do this nation a favor. The next time -- hell, every time -- that some well-dressed and highly paid pundit gets a bug up their ass about Barack not being the salt of the earth, roll your eyes, and loudly and sarcastically announce:

"I know! Obama's never going to fit in at all of those Applebee's salad bars."

I recommend adding the hyperlink, too. Though how to insert one into a voice monologue is left as an exercise to the reader.*

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* Hint: It does NOT involve speaking the words "bracket aey aitch-ref equals ..."

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From:paka
Date:June 4th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
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Then there's the "he's too young. He doesn't have gubenatorial experience/enough years of senatorial experience."

You know, my impression of Obama is that he does fit in pretty seamlessly. No, he's not your pal from the warehouse, but he is someone who could show up at the warehouse and he can see that hey, this is a tough job lifting heavy objects day in and day out. Or whatever.

What's more I can easily see a youngish fairly literate white collar management type from a mashup of cultural background showing up at Applebee's or Ruby Tuesday's or Benihana or whatever. Sorry guys. Places that cater to upper middle class white collar types are not really the same thing as Obama showing up at, I dunno, Pho Hoa or Las Palmas or Dunkin' Donuts.

And to add insult to injury, I merely consider Bill Clinton or Jimmy Carter. Both of these guys are 'way more redneck than Obama or Dubya or McCain. (Although McCain does remind me of guys I've met in the south - Vietnam vets with big gun collections who are dead sure they're always right.) These Republicans just lie. If they were faced with a real hick - like let's say, Huckabee - they'd be backpeddling all over coming up with different reasons not to have someone who might be more Christian-heartland, less big business sycophant.
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From:lysana
Date:June 4th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
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Example from an earlier time: Ted Kennedy. Nobody argues his working-class friendly credentials now. When he first stepped up in 1962 for the US Senate, his opponent ragged on him about how he'd "never worked a day in his life." During his campaign, he was approached by a blue-collar worker. "Ted, me boy, I hear you've never worked a day in your life," he said, then paused a moment before continuing, "You haven't missed a thing."
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From:kevynjacobs
Date:June 4th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that was very weird when Brooks said that... like he was misremembering a talking point his handlers had programmed him with.
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From:joysweeper
Date:June 4th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Anti-intellectualism is seriously idiotic. I was kind of surprised when I got to college and it was all "Hey, it's okay to be smart!"

I think I remember being taken to Applebees when I was very small. My parents found little tiny bugs in the garnish. We never went back.
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From:eclective
Date:June 4th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
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...what do you mean (X)HTML isn't a spoken language?

And, strangely enough, you seem to be the first person on the flist to have mentioned this. I was rooting for Obama and was quietly confident he'd make it, so this is Good News in my eyes.
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From:baxil
Date:June 5th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
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Made me laugh, tired as I am. Ten Baxil points!
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
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As long as we're LOLcatting the issue, here's a handy way to throw this David Brooks thing in the anti-Obama types' faces:

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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 5th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
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This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels, and from the fact that the lighting on the guy's face is completely different from the background.
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