Megan McArdle gets paid to write stuff like this:
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.
The obvious point: she’s responding to Krugman saying
What struck me as I watched the convention speeches, however, is how much of the anger on the right is based not on the claim that Democrats have done bad things, but on the perception — generally based on no evidence whatsoever — that Democrats look down their noses at regular people.
So this is just a conflation of Democrats or liberals– a political affiliation– with coastal elites, people who went to private colleges, and so on– a class/SES kind of thing. Ironically, this sort of conflation is just what Krugman is complaining about. And when I think about Democrats– the party of labor unions and social security– I sure do think “contempt for just-folks.”
On a personal level it’s hard to overstate just how obnoxious this sort of thing is. I’m as in the tank for the Democratic Party as anyone.* I have a BA, MA, and PhD from state institutions. My co-author sends me as many MMA clips as thoughts on our draft. But because of my job and my taste in coffee products I think I count as “cultural elite.” What’s this “you” shit, white man woman from a private school?
Via Roy, who says what needs to be said.
*Once I bought the argument that even nice Republicans caucus with the national party, and the national party is lead by some real nutjobs, there was no going back.