I've decided to call the Republican contingent, the ones who are so willing to put Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright at the top of their fear agenda, the "lowbrow elites."
They believe in an American exceptionalism that promotes a nationalistic group of citizen elite, like the Republican Party, that cannot be criticized. Any policy disagreements, or proposed improvements, calls into question your patriotism while insinuating a conservative infallibility.
So it's off the soap box and into Sarah Palin's "pro-America" areas of our country, you know, places surrounded by those "scary liberal" not so American areas.
The Washington Post:
In order to clarify comments GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin made last night at a Greensboro, N.C., fundraiser about it being in a "pro-America" area, the campaign issued a slightly more detailed version of the pool report that came out yesterday. The upshot? Washington, D.C., is neither "real America" nor "pro-America." Other parts of the nation? It's unclear, but if you live in a small town, you're probably patriotic from Palin's point of view.
"We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. We believe" -- here the audience interrupted Palin with applause and cheers -- "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation."
She continued: "This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans."
In an e-mail, Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt emphasized that the Alaska governor was not insulting D.C., she was merely highlighting the virtues of far-flung cities and towns across the nation.
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