The Politics of Resentment

It doesn’t get much more naked than this — the Republicans are running against the elite. Who are the elite? Let Gov. Palin tell you.

BRIAN 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. Hard-working, 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.

Krugman, to his credit, nailed this after the Republican convention. The Republicans’ overarching message to voters is that Democrats are snobs. They think they’re better than regular folks like you. Well, screw them. Show them who’s really in charge around here. The irony is that every time a Democrat tries to get a better deal for working class Americans at the expense of the wealthy, the Republicans scream “class warfare.”


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