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Who Is an Elitist? McCain and Palin Explain

By Juliet Eilperin
For anyone wondering exactly what constitutes an "elitist" in the eyes of GOP presidential nominee John McCain and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has discovered the answer.

In an interview that will air tonight on the Nightly News, McCain and Palin give slightly different takes on the subject. Palin's view? Anyone who's snotty. McCain's? Anyone who lives in New York or Washington, the town where he's spent much of his time for the past quarter-century.

Here are their answers, in their own words:

WILLIAMS: Who is a member of the elite?

PALIN: Oh, I guess just people who think that they're better than anyone else. And -- John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American. Hardworking, middle-class Americans who are so desiring of this economy getting put back on the right track. And winning these wars. And America's starting to reach her potential. And that is opportunity and hope provided everyone equally. So anyone who thinks that they are -- I guess -- better than anyone else, that's -- that's my definition of elitism.

WILLIAMS: So it's not education? It's not income-based? It's --

PALIN: Anyone who thinks that they're better than someone else.

WILLIAMS: -- a state of mind? It's not geography?

PALIN: 'Course not.

WILLIAMS: Senator?

MCCAIN: I -- I know where a lot of 'em live. (LAUGH)

WILLIAMS: Where's that?

MCCAIN: Well, in our nation's capital and New York City. I've seen it. I've lived there. I know the town. I know -- I know what a lot of these elitists are. The ones that she never went to a cocktail party with in Georgetown. I'll be very frank with you. Who think that they can dictate what they believe to America rather than let Americans decide for themselves.

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MarkInAustin:
And the reason why the "B" is backwards ...

she did it to herself while looking in a mirror (the "B" appears to be correct in the mirror image -- just shows how dumb she really is!!)

Posted by: patentphd | October 24, 2008 10:43 PM

MarkInAustin, you keep posting about the woman who asserted she was attacked for having a McCain sticker on her car. Well here you go.

CNN reports she ADMITS the attack was a HOAX:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/24/mccain.sticker/index.html

A Republican campaign worker who told police she was assaulted by a man angered by a John McCain sticker on her car admitted she made up the report, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, assistant police chief said Friday.

Ashley Todd, 20, of College Station, Texas, has been charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor, and may face more charges, said Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard at a news conference.

So what do you have to say NOW??

Posted by: patentphd | October 24, 2008 10:32 PM

hchiba, there's a program here in Austin where nice suits are donated to help outfit people on job interviews. As for McCain and Palin attacking each other, I doubt it. Dole and Kemp didn't. I don't remember if Kerry and Edwards did?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 24, 2008 1:37 PM

No dentist available? Let a plumber fix your teeth. That is how Palin treats the English language. Her "sentences" are drivel, a hodge-podge of concocted words & phrases having little or no relationship to each other - no coherency. She speaks like someone who learned English watching Republican CNN.

Now McCain states the 150T of high-end clothes she has received & worn you betcha is going to go to charity. What can a charity do with these over-priced, ill-fitting outfits? Clothe the needy? A 4000$ outfit for one needy person? 1000$ high-heeled boots for another needy mother.

McCain is so far out of it, it doesn't hurt anymore. His own story is too morally devastating. He divorces his crippled (first) spouse & marries a filthy-rich beer-delivery heiress. No hard feelings, of course! Is it the Republican way ... "to love & cherish", in good times, bad times, till death do us part? Of course it is...

Both of these egregiously-superficial Republicans twist & re-twist words & standard morality to best suit their ambitious ends.

In this way only, they do belong to each other, till November 4, that is -then, the red gloves will come off & they will tear each other to pieces, for all to witness.

Posted by: hchiba | October 24, 2008 1:29 PM

thenotoriousflavio, was this "faked" too?
http://www.local6.com/politics/17784129/detail.html

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 24, 2008 12:55 PM

Self-defense or defense of others is an accepted "legal" violence. We are not going to take this sitting down.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 24, 2008 12:36 PM

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW EDITORIAL-
The Race for President: King Obama
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Crude oil prices rise and gasoline prices quickly follow suit. But when the price of crude drops, gas prices seldom seem to fall in any like proportion. As with gas and oil, so with liberal Big Media and the presidential polls.

Democrat Barack Obama, long measuring for White House drapes, was elevated to something exceeding messiah status among the major newspapers and TV networks when polls suggested his lead over Republican John McCain had surged into the political ionosphere.

That double-digit lead was all the confirmation required that the election essentially was over. But a funny thing happened along the route to King Obama's coronation: More recent polls have suggested the race has tightened; some even point to a statistical dead heat.

But those numbers certainly haven't received the same coverage as ones that suggested a President Obama was a foregone conclusion. Even Sen. Obama now is worrying about the risk of a "carried away" media being the precursor to his being "spanked" on Nov. 4.

Voters supposedly elect presidents. But this election cycle, it seems Big Media and its liberal enablers are hellbent on taking over that function. Just as that passenger-side mirror cautions how objects are closer than they appear, Sen. McCain is closer to Obama than Big Media are reflecting.

And such a distortion isn't very becoming of one of the great pillars of such a grand republic.

Posted by: thecannula | October 24, 2008 10:20 AM

Palin website calls for violence in wake of McCain supporter claiming to have been beaten and had a "B"carved in face by Obama assailant:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/palin-blog-promotes-violence.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 24, 2008 10:14 AM

Both have absolutely NO idea what an
"elitist" is......MCCain and Palin
can Google it (like I did) !!

Posted by: greybart | October 24, 2008 9:58 AM

Y do i get the feeling that sarah palin is suffering from a complex?...like the publicity she's getting now is all she ever wanted 4rm d campaign!

Posted by: dee1la | October 24, 2008 7:50 AM

Has Sarah Palin -ever- answered a direct question without spinning off into a mishmash of talking-point drivel at the end? I swear that woman cannot make a coherant thought. '"Elitists are snobs." Pretty thin answer that veers onto the hypocritical if really explained, so instead, let's finish up by talking about America as much as we can, even if it has nothing to do whatsoever with the question.'

Oh and jhpbriton does not represent all of the residents of Indiana; some of us are forward-thinking enough to know you can keep your small-town (not small-minded) values without being threatened by, or resentful of, East-coast 'liberalism/elitism' - which honestly is exaggerated as much as these so-called 'small town values.' We're all just Americans; here's hoping the next four years gets rid of this media-induced, politically-sponsored 'culture war' b.s.

Posted by: sykadelic_chic | October 24, 2008 3:25 AM

Palin is a CELEBRITY! Don't ask her hard questions!

She's going to be pal'n around with her celebrity friend, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, this weekend! So WATCH OUT!...The BRAINS will be out!

I JUST CAN'T WAIT to see Sarah on "Dancing with the Stars once this dumb election thing is over with!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 11:36 PM

Palin is a walking talking train wreck. The more she talk the worse it gets.

Posted by: r4147824 | October 23, 2008 11:32 PM

MarkInAustin:

If that attack was real, cut the guy's trumpet and skittles off, feed it to him and lock him up and throw away the key.

Let me ask you something....Looking at the picture of the woman who was attacked in your link. Don't you think that "B" is somewhat neatly written for someone who would be struggling? Did she really refuse medical assistance at the scene too?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 10:22 PM

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/breaking/s_594853.html

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse
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Here's the update to this story: http://www.tmz.com/2008/10/23/politically-motivated-mutilation-real-or-hoax/

"A Pittsburgh PD official says they are conducting a 'thorough investigation' and have not determined if the alleged attack is real or a hoax."

Care to comment, Mark?

Posted by: multiplepov | October 23, 2008 9:46 PM

McCain and Palin not only think they're "better than anyone else" (and show off their pride in self every day) but they mean-spiritedly divide the rest of us into opposing camps -- camps that simply DON'T EXIST. Why do we Americans have to be divided into 'Us' vs. "Them". Fear that "other guy or gal"! That's what it boils down to, and it's just plain disgusting, especially coming from candidates claiming to be "aisle crossers." They show their true colors with such divisiveness.

Notice that Obama and Biden avoid such distinctions and name-calling and hatred provoking remarks. It's snide of McCain. I used to admire the guy. Sad how small he's become.

Posted by: cturtle1 | October 23, 2008 8:48 PM

Finally some coherence to the McCain message: he's running against the "Georgetown cocktail parties."

How is this guy even within ten points? I mean, who still admits that they're voting for him? No one is THAT republican, are they?

Posted by: tsawyer_mv | October 23, 2008 7:29 PM

Does John McCain forget where the terrorist attacks of 2001 occurred? I would hardly call the response of New Yorkers (and don't kid yourself, he also means the entire Northeast with that geographic clarification) - civilians, emergency responders, and government officials - toward one another "elitist". Give me a break.

And Sarah Palin wants to govern ALL of America? Before or after she divides us into pro-American and anti-American states?

Posted by: lbwessler | October 23, 2008 7:26 PM

jhpbriton spewed: "[something something]...2000...[something somethin]"

Honey, I lived in Nebraska for several years. Good people with bad politics. They actually call people from the coasts "foreigners". Nice, isn't it.

Anyway...The biggist insult of the the 2000 election was that in a Democracy where ever vote counts, not all the votes were counted.

FOR EVERY VOTE TO COUNT, YOU MUST COUNT EVERYVOTE!

What does that make the Republicans who have always wanted to prevent people from voting and votes being counted.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 7:03 PM

Didn't McCain meet Cindy at a cocktail party? Someone who thinks being rich starts at $5 million. Someone who has a $150,000 wardrobe--I don't care who paid for it. Someone who thinks that people who come from NY (like me) are elitist. Someone who catagorizes people into professions--Joe the plumber, Tito the contractor, etc. Someone who dedides that "their" kind of people are real Americans and "his" kind of people are anti-American!

Posted by: SueB2 | October 23, 2008 7:02 PM


BEST GAFFE OF THE CAMPAIGN AWARD GOES TO...

John McCain!


I couldn't agree...(Watch Cindy's face...PRECIOUS!)


Palin comes in 2nd and gets the "GIVES GOOD GAFFE" award.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 6:57 PM

Notorious flavo crap...

Paul Begala and media have derided 'red states' for years. See his quote about 'bloody red states' during 2000 election night.

The midwest is sick (and tired) of being derided by the coasts. Get a life...get a job...no handouts from us....

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 23, 2008 6:49 PM

was anyone really surprised that sara palin backed off on releasing her medical records? people pleez that was never going to happen,not because they would show shes in bad health but that her supposed pregnancy{alaska does have the highest teen pregnancy&incest in america}... well to put it nicely a figment of her..iiimaaggiinaation..much like her having foreign policy experience because she can see russia from alaska or that joe the plumber is really a plumber .which makes her the ideal soul running mate for mccain considering that he sees sitting in a plane awaiting orders during the cuban missile crises as being tested {but when he was finally tested in a real combat situation in viet nam he failed to follow orders and was shot down or that healthcare is a privilege and not a basic human right or that tax breaks for the rich&tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas will simulate the economy.NO there was noway she was going to release those medical records because hell she wont release the emails or text message between her& her separatist hubbie i mean the woman had travel documents altered concerning her kids accompanying her on trips to fraudulently charge Alaskan tax payers{which would make any medical records she might release highly suspect}no this ex beauty pageant runnerup hockeymom thrusted into the national spotlight{by mcdelusional}with the $150000 clothing allowance and guest spots on snl knows a gravy train when she see it and to paraphrase a statement by sen obama she is willing to holdout a couple of more weeks

Posted by: brkdckdwg | October 23, 2008 6:36 PM

Come'on! She's a CELEBRITY!

Don't ask her anything too hard!

(I'm SO excited! I CAN'T WAIT to see her on "Dancing with the Stars!)

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 6:26 PM

"And -- John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American. Hardworking, middle-class Americans who are so desiring of this economy getting put back on the right track. And winning these wars. And America's starting to reach her potential. And that is opportunity and hope provided everyone equally"

Does anyone else think that this hodgepodge of talking points have no relevance to the question asked? Someone clearly needs a lesson on staying on subject and giving concise answers.

Posted by: Mina3 | October 23, 2008 6:21 PM

I guess we'll hear ANOTHER explanation of what they REALLY meant tomorrow.

Maybe even tonight.

Maybe even before the interview airs.

Maybe they've already defined "elitist" in the past and will tell everyone to use THAT definition instead.

I'm predicting a FLIP-FLOP

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 6:16 PM

Hmmmm. "Better than anyone else". Hmmmm.

I'm guessing if McCain or Palin was asked, "Who can run the country better than you?" They'd be in a bit of a bind after that definition of elitist.

I don't remember Obama saying he's better than anyone else.

I do remember McCain and Palin claiming certain parts of the country are better than others, but not NYC or DC.

I do remember a certain Evangelicals claiming that THEY would get into Heaven but not anyone else.

Hmmmmm.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 23, 2008 6:11 PM

From moose hunts to HAUTE COUTURE SARAH PALIN $150.000 MAKE_OVER.
She's exactly like MARIE ANTOINETTE,and IMELDA MARCOS

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 23, 2008 6:09 PM

I live in Indiana. This is the only time in the last 40 years that the media have paid attention to 'fly over' country. In fact we have been the brunt of jokes for the same period of time...can't wait to see the replies to my post...they will prove my point about the bi-coastal (mostly East) focus of media and Washington, DC politicians. Frankly, Scarlett, I do not give a xxxx who wins the election. It will not change my life nor the lives of the citizens of 'fly over' country. We are doing fine on our own. We are assembling our own wind farms. We have a new wind-turbine factory (Italian) in Indiana. We have new auto assembly plants (Honda).

Please stay away.

Posted by: jhpbriton | October 23, 2008 6:07 PM

It will be interesting and fun to watch the GOP shrink to a few nativist haters, a couple of religious nuts, and the Kathryn Jean-Lopez's of the world in the next few years.


As long as the Rethuglican party continues to offer huge outsized tax breaks for the filthy rich and nothing for everyone else, the extremist nuts will be the only one's left carrying the GOPer banner after 2008.


I think it is going to be a while before we hear about the big tent Republican party.


Ladies and Germs...I give you your 2009 Republican party:


All hail the GOPer "pup tent party"!
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5mdIPNB8t8
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 23, 2008 6:07 PM

From moose hunts to HAUTE COUTE SARAH PALIN $150.000 MAKE OVER.
She's EXACTLY like IMELDA MACOS,and
MARIE-ANTOINETTE(CROOK)

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES

Posted by: fu_buki | October 23, 2008 6:05 PM

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 5:58 PM

So people who live in NYC and DC are elitists, except for the times when planes fly into buildings and there are tragedies that the GOP can exploit. When that happens, NYC and DC residents are patriots who must be embraced.

Gotcha, McPalin.

Posted by: kenyaj | October 23, 2008 5:42 PM

after 8 yrs of Bush's straight highway to hell, November 4 America is turning the corner, leaving the Republican outhouses unattended. bye Rove, Rimbaugh & you betcha Palin...

Posted by: hchiba | October 23, 2008 5:20 PM

McCain/Palin are good people, and good leaders and so are Obama/Biden. What I hear and see from McCain/Palin concerns me. They are for the Middle Class, yet McCain is a multi-millionaire, Gov. Palin and the GOP spends 150K on clothes for the Election. John McCain is now trying to claim that not only is he a former POW, but somehow as a Young Naval Aviator, probably a LT. JG or LT his leadership skills were tested by the Cuban Missle Crisis. Gov Palin, constantly says the Democrats only want to talk about the past and yet she constantly talks about Senator John McCain's past which is a very good thing to talk about becuase he is a great American. Still they are both good people and hopefully can find a way to lead the country if elected. However, as they run around the country spouting off about the Middle Class and then spend 150K on clothes I really have to question their commitment to the Middle Class. 150K, is 5 years salary for those making 30K a year. It could be used to provide 3 50K small Business loans that create all those jobs they keep talking about. Sen. McCain keeps talking about the Obama Tax plan but never seems to want to really explain what other taxes are coming with his health care plan, since he wants TO TAX Employee Heatlh Care Benefits for the first Time in history. I do believe that Gov. Palin while only making 108K a year as the Gov of Alaska certainly needed clothes for the election. I just can not fathom why she needed 150K worth of clothes, after all a wonderful middle class person like she is surely has never purchased 150K worth of clothes in her whole life? The issue at hand with the 150K is that it is so over the TOP. I would assume that if you needed 30 outfits for the election because of travel and 16 hour days etc... That anyone could have purchased that at about 2000K per outfit and that would have only been 60K. While I think 60K is still pushing the expected limit of a Middle Class advocate, it would at least show she thought about Joe the Plumber and all the Small Business people. You would think that if she was so PRO-Small Business she would have bought the clothes from those small business dress shops instead of NM and SAKS? Just think with 150K spent at 5 small business shops that would have paid the salaries of at least 10 people that work at those small business shops.

I am a Republican, I am a US NAVY VET and I am a Proud AMERICAN, I reserve my right as a Proud American, who served in the US Military to Vote for who I want to vote for. I too have paid the price in the defense of our great country and I am certainly PRO-American, but I am not PRO McCain/Palin, and that does not make me anything but a PRO-American Voter.

Read the Tea Leaves here, If you will spend 150K for Clothes, then I wonder who is the Elitist?

Posted by: jgl1978 | October 23, 2008 5:18 PM

Palin thinks she deserves $150K worth of clothing, accessories and make-up and she doesn't think SHE is better than anyone else? Please. What a hypocrit/conjob she is! McCain is just out of it. He has lived in DC for 25 years!!!

Posted by: vitaletti101 | October 23, 2008 5:18 PM

Of course, his first wife wasn't an "elite" -- particularly after she was crippled after that awful auto accident. The second wife, however, was a 100% "elitist."

Posted by: Jaxxon | October 23, 2008 5:17 PM

McCain's message is truly hallow for a man with 13 cars 7 homes and a wife who wears $300.000 outfits. Hockey mom turned Celebrity Maverick now has a taste for the finer things that Saks and Neiman Marcus can offer. Do you think that Wasilla will still look good to her. That Elitist stuff can be pretty potent, well so I have heard since I am justa Wal-Mart mom. McCain can carry Joe the Plumber or Linda the waitress around all day on his back and still he will never feel my pain because at the end of the day he has a Golden (Blonde) parachute that lands him right in luxury far far from me and the rest of the Middle Class

Posted by: Free2bKee | October 23, 2008 5:14 PM

"Mccain said he knows a lot of elitists and that's where they live"
Hmm, how did he get to know so many elitists? He must be one himself. Perhaps he met them at as he was attending the many parties of his heiress wife.It is clear, according to their definition of an elitist, they are both elitist. They think they are better than anybody that doesn't support them! How many times as Palin spoke about the "real America"... those that support her. What a joke!

Posted by: election081224 | October 23, 2008 5:07 PM

Mccain said ". I'll be very frank with you. (Those)Who think that they can dictate what they believe to America rather than let Americans decide for themselves." are elitist. Isn't that what Conservatives and Evangelicals do?

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | October 23, 2008 4:55 PM

they say obamas ahead in pa but all i see are mcain signs everywhere (lehigh valley pocono area)i know john murtha was critisized for saying pa is racist but to an extent hes right , also an elitist spends 75g's at nieman marcus

Posted by: amorillo1 | October 23, 2008 4:55 PM

Whoa!

This Muslim McCain supporter must be an elitist because they won't let him talk to the press:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/mccain-campaign-silences-muslim.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 23, 2008 4:53 PM

Gator-ron, what have I "lied" about then?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 4:49 PM

DrainYou, yes, the country would survive (and I would argue we would be much better off after 8 years than if Obama wins).
Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 4:28 PM

You are a fool who subverts his own cause. You argue with people who will inevitably win because you are a liar and giving you an opportunity to express yourself exposes you disingenuousness. You have no understanding of who or what Obama is and you cling to anything negative you read about. Because you lack integrity you quote from sources that lack integrity. This election cycle integrity will win.

You need to listen to what Gen Powell said about McCain and the Republican Party. They are going to lose this cycle and if the party does not clean house or adjust strategy they will remain a minority party. This country is going to be restored to health. Be reasonable and you can be part of it. Stay fanatical and you will become more and more isolated.

Good luck.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 23, 2008 4:46 PM

I don't understand how any "hockey mom" could spend $150,000 of campaign money on clothes in a couple months. Yes, I understand candidates have to look good. I'm all for the professional wardrobes, and grooming, and all that. But... jeez. A hundred and fifty grand -- holy bejeebers. And from campaign donations of people like "Joe the Plumber", no less. And after you've just spent two months painting yourself as a salt of the earth small-town hero, a "real" American who doesn't go in for all that stuff?


You know, Palin really is beginning to come off as a con artist -- a confidence (wo)man. Pure Harold Hill stuff. She says some pretty words, bluffs her way through all the situations that require active knowledge, the crowd cheers, and all the while fleeces everyone around her for travel, and fame, and clothes, etc., etc.


Palin's ridiculous levels of professed self-confidence, during all of this, just adds to the overall vibe that she's playing everyone for rubes, and is enjoying every minute of it. It's not a job or even an election to her, it's a game show, and she won the Big Prize.


What an exceptionally dislikable person Palin seems to be. From the first moment she stepped onto the national stage, there hasn't been a single retold aspect of her personal history that would inspire confidence, or respect, or anything but revulsion. She seems the perfect example of a shallow, petty, self-centered person rising in power simply because being shallow, petty and self-centered are the only tools necessary to do so. I half expect her to make off with McCain's wallet at some point, and be found two weeks later in Atlantic City.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrzXLYA_e6E
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 23, 2008 4:45 PM

Yeah, it's better to pull the bandaid off really fast too.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 4:41 PM

That's the most rational thing I've ever heard you say. I'm proud of you.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 23, 2008 4:39 PM

There will be no "liberal media tirade" from me -- I just hope if Obama wins, it's by a landslide so there will be no legal challenges -- if McCain can't handle the worst American press can dish out, he's not worthy of being President.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 4:36 PM

Does that count the gay community, too, Sarah? Should they be treated equally, i.e. legalized gay marriage. Oh, no, wait, but everything else right, Ms. I Support a Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage?
Posted by: cao091402 | October 23, 2008 4:26 PM
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


What are you doing? Bragging that you are more rigid than a steel rod. Do you not understand that you get when you give?

You can be against gay marriage but give them their rights in some other avenue.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 23, 2008 4:35 PM

Well, bad news Mark. They're not going to. I'm looking forward to your "liberal media" tirade on November 5th, though.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 23, 2008 4:32 PM

Man/BoyUnitdFan, not if McCain/Palin win.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 4:29 PM

DrainYou, yes, the country would survive (and I would argue we would be much better off after 8 years than if Obama wins).

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 4:28 PM

November 4th's gonna be a pretty bad day, huh Mark?

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 23, 2008 4:27 PM

Barack Obama is called an elitist because he expressed an understanding of the despair that people in rural towns that are long past the town's golden years in terminology that was unflattering. He however wants to do something to improve the plight of these people.

Sarah Palin the non elitist wants to speaking flattering terms of those people but wants to continue the same economic policies that led to their feeling of despair.

Obama chose the wrong language to describe these people but wants to help them. Palin uses their language to convince them that she is one of them but wants to keep them in their same despairing circumstance.

The change that is coming is that these people will be given an opportunity to improve their economic future because they are important to him as people and not as a unit of labor in a workforce that exist for the profit of business.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 23, 2008 4:27 PM

Small town values! Real Americans!

Ah, yes, the sainted, uneducated, high tattoo-to-tooth ratio, willfully ignorant, truck-driving, Bud-swilling, Bible-thumping trailer-park trash that will fall for ANYTHING hitched to a picture of baby Jesus. The true, authentic, beating heart of American greatness. Give me a break.

What the “small town values” crowd sees is an America that is increasingly urban, cosmopolitan, multicultural, multiracial, no longer exclusively (or even mostly) Protestant, increasingly secular and increasingly woven into the fabric of an emerging and fulminant global civilization--and it scares the living bug dung out of them, because it means that things are going to change very fast. The world doesn't belong to Baptists, there's nothing anybody can do to stop it, and they (and their children) are going to have to live in it.

In other words, they're reactionary. Sleep tight. Don't let the Barack Bugs bite.

Posted by: toritto | October 23, 2008 4:26 PM

Does that count the gay community, too, Sarah? Should they be treated equally, i.e. legalized gay marriage. Oh, no, wait, but everything else right, Ms. I Support a Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage?

Posted by: cao091402 | October 23, 2008 4:26 PM

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.

The only question is, would this country survive it?

You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, West Virgina and Pa etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 23, 2008 4:25 PM

Seriously, Ms. Eilperin's McCain plane pass should be revoked.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 4:24 PM

Isn't their whole argument that rural America is better than urban America? Isn't that elitist? Like a snake eating it's own tail.

Posted by: crumbtrail | October 23, 2008 4:21 PM

Gator-ron, so you're saying that Palin thinks SHE is an "elitist" (because she went to colleges to get an education too)? That doesn't even make sense. Try again.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 4:16 PM

Boy, these tough journalists really stick it to these politicians, don't they? "I'm committed to serving every American." Oh really? Except the ones who live in NY or DC, except the ones who she magically deems anti-American because they think America could be improved, except the ones living anywhere but a small town. I could go on ad nauseam. Emphasis on the nausea part.

So anyone who's a liberal and/or who lives in a city thinks they're better than everyone. Boy, that gal doesn't get out much.

Aside from the fact that Washington fat cats and members of the mainstream media have been lapping her up for a long time, no one has to worry. I doubt she would be invited to a single party in DC.

Posted by: washtopdx | October 23, 2008 4:16 PM

Remember when Republicans spent years sucking up to New York after 9/11? Wearing the city like a badge? How times have changed.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | October 23, 2008 4:14 PM

johnny71977, the Washington Post has endorsed Obama for President. It does not matter to them whether they lie. I doubt they will even cover this breaking news:

SHOCK: MCCAIN VOLUNTEER ATTACKED AND MUTILATED IN PITTSBURGH

'B' CARVED INTO 20-YEAR OLD WOMAN'S FACE... DEVELOPING...

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 23, 2008 4:14 PM

Any esprit de corp can be interpreted as elitist. Who cares. This election is not over and the public is as anxious as ever. Time is running out and nothing is certain. ..........


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/23/election-anxiety/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 23, 2008 4:12 PM

What blithering idiots. John McCain has shown by his every word and action that he thinks he is better than anyone else, anywhere any time. He has spent the last 30 some years in Washington DC, he is the most elite of the elitists.

Posted by: dcwsano | October 23, 2008 4:12 PM

This is an example of the culture wars. Palin's idea of an elitist is anyone who went to college to get an education. If they came out of college not accepting American myths such as America gives people who do not trample on the rights of others to be what they want to be. Our treatment of homosexuals contradicts that so an educated person would at least be aware of its untruth even if the agreed with discriminating against those people.

Palin's idea of an education is to get a degree to put on your resume but not to pay attention to what is taught unless what is taught is consistent with her narrow view of the world. Her idea of elite is anyone who is different than I am. That surely would mean anyone who was tolerant or listened and considered the view of others. Most of all that world include anyone who knew more than she did. In the national public arena that would include most of the people.

Sarah Palin must be a frightened individual with a great deal of outward confidence who would do anything to promote herself. If we knew what hides behind that pleasant exterior most of her supporters would be horrified.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 23, 2008 4:12 PM

Why are you purposely misrepresenting what McCain said? He didn't say anyone who lives in New York or Washington is an elitist. He said he knows a lot of elitists and that's where they live. Huge difference.

Posted by: johnyt1977 | October 23, 2008 4:11 PM

MCCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA'S ECONOMIC TROUBLES! McCain in April 08 declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and economic adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, is back with the McCain campaign full time again.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay. McCain doesn't understand our tanking economy because it doesn't affect him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZxIYTEDARU

The $100 Million Man
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

The Anheuser-Busch Windfall
While John McCain played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek3jAkx9m10

Posted by: DrainYou | October 23, 2008 4:11 PM

So is there anyone who has ever lived on the planet, other than perhaps Mother Theresa and Jesus, who never felt themselves superior in some way to another human being? I guess that makes all of us elitist.

And I suppose all those New Yorkers that died in the twin towers on 9/11 were just a bunch of snooty cloud sniffers who got what was coming to them.

And though McCain has lived and worked in DC for the last 26 years, (when he's not residing in one of his other 12 homes) he's just a regular Joe - I guess we should refer to him as "Joe the beltway insider."

Posted by: yangmati | October 23, 2008 4:08 PM

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