James Lileks does an excellent job of fisking a Canadian authoress who sneers at Sarah Palin and all those atavistic American hicks who might vote for her. The excerpt below may not mean much to our European readers, but it will make complete sense to the American ones:
Leaving aside whether Europe would like us more if we did something about those horrible people they see in “The Dukes of Hazzard” documentaries, you have to love the idea of the “white trash” demo sullying our name inside our borders — she’s talking about the thin crust of coastal dwellers who regard Manhattan as some sort of precious monastery that keeps the dim flickering light of civilization alive. Why, if the hillbillies disappeared, the New Yorkers would be reduced to making disparaging remarks about people from New Jersey who take the bridges and tunnels to go clubbing in LowSoHo or MoTriVil or whatever old neighborhood has been fitted out with thudding discos and fusion-sushi joints.
Why does this demographic — the white trash, I mean, not the orange trash of the Guido Jersey interlopers — have such a “curious appeal” to the right? Because the right, perhaps, thinks of them as “voters” who cast “ballots” in “elections” for people who don’t consider rhinoplasty so they can look down their noses even further than God intended.
I highly recommend reading his entire rant.
Hat tip: Wally Ballou.
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