Craig Shirley

When he was running for President in 1952, an excited supporter told Governor Adlai Stevenson, “All the intelligent people are voting for you” to which Stevenson quipped, “Yes Ma’am, but I need a majority.” Stevenson was hammered in two elections by the object of the liberals’ derision, five star General Dwight Eisenhower.

Stevenson’s supporters also betrayed their cultural elitism by smarmily joking that Eisenhower could not read if his lipped were chapped.

The same elitist contempt is now manifesting itself over John McCain choice of Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.

All too openly, the Keith Olbermans of the world are making fun of Palin over things they either do not understand or believe they understand all too well.

She is—horrors of horrors---not only married to the same man, she also proudly pronounces him to be her hero. How unsophisticated.

Her idea of the out-of-doors is not a stroll through Central Park after a gourmet meal at Tavern on the Green but hunting and fishing in Alaska. She is a “Hockey Mom”—a North American sport in which it is permissible to use ones hands and not a European “Soccer Mom” in which not only are hands not allowed to be used but also in many leagues, neither is cheering by the parents or keeping track of the score allowed.

She wears dresses and high heels; in the words of an old perfume commerical, bringing home the bacon, frying it up in a pan and with five children, never letting her husband forget he was a man; she goes to church each Sunday and according to one elitist recently quoted, she has never appeared on “Meet the Press.” Never was there a greater self-indictment of the elites in America issued than this one statement.

Contempt for the “real people” by the elites in America is not a new phenomenon. Lionel Trilling, a liberal icon of the 50’s, famously said conservatism was not an ideology but a series of unintelligible grunts and gestures.

In 1964, a partially successful attempt was made by the campaign of Lyndon Johnson to portray Barry Goldwater as unbalanced. Curious in that LBJ was a notorious womanizer, boozer, racist and nest liner. Yet the elites deemed him the sophisticated one in the race.


Craig Shirley

Craig Shirley is the president of the President of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs and the author of two books on the 40th president, Reagan's Revolution and Rendezvous with Destiny.