David Brooks goes into a long diatribe of how the attacks of Sarah Palin’s experience (or lack of it) are based on snobbery. He makes this observation:
In the current Weekly Standard, Steven Hayward argues that the nation’s founders wanted uncertified citizens to hold the highest offices in the land. They did not believe in a separate class of professional executives. They wanted rough and rooted people like Palin.
But then he says this:
I would have more sympathy for this view if I hadn’t just lived through the last eight years. For if the Bush administration was anything, it was the anti-establishment attitude put into executive practice.
But that ignores one important fact: George Bush, for all of his airs to the contrary and even his adventure as an Evangelical, is still a rich kid, a product of an old New England family, with the prep school/Ivy League education to go with it. His mistakes (especially the democracy in the Middle East fiasco) are more those of someone who is trying to ape an ethic that is alien to him rather than a real product of that ethic.
When it comes to being a product of “middle America,” Sarah Palin is the real article. George Bush isn’t.
Making such a mental leap is easier said than done. And that observation, friends, is a product of experience.
Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN..
“This is a hard decision for me personally because frankly I don’t like him,” she said of Obama in an interview with CNN’s Joe Johns. “I feel like he is an elitist. I feel like he has not given me reason to trust him.”
Forester is the CEO of EL Rothschild, a holding company with businesses around the world. She is married to international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild. Forester is a member of the DNC’s Democrats Abroad chapter and splits her time living in London and New York.
If a Rothschild tells you someone’s an elitist, you can make book on it.