Redneck Republicans

On the assumption that the polls in 2008 will be more accurate than they were in 2004 or 2000, Paul Krugman writes in a New York Times op-ed piece:

What will defeat do to the Republicans?

You might think, perhaps hope, that Republicans will engage in some soul-searching, that they’ll ask themselves whether and how they lost touch with the national mainstream. But my prediction is that this won’t happen any time soon.

Instead, the Republican rump, the party that’s left after the election, will be the party that attends Sarah Palin’s rallies, where crowds chant “Vote McCain, not Hussein!” It will be the party of Saxby Chambliss, the senator from Georgia, who, observing large-scale early voting by African-Americans, warns his supporters that “the other folks are voting.” It will be the party that harbors menacing fantasies about Barack Obama’s Marxist — or was that Islamic? — roots.

Yes, we’re all a bunch of rednecks. We’re all a bunch of racists. We all think Obama is a Muslim. We all secretly want to shout “He’s a nigger!” at Palin rallies. We’re all just a bunch of dumb, racist, rednecks who are too stupid, too ignorant, too low-brow to read The New York Times:

Anyway, the Republican base, egged on by the McCain-Palin campaign, thinks that elections should reflect the views of “real Americans” — and most of the people reading this column probably don’t qualify.

So what am I doing reading this column? Silly me, I didn’t realize moronic Republicans like myself weren’t supposed to read The New York Times, were too stupid to comprehend the fine points of political analysis in The New York Times. I had forgotten that we were just too stinkin’ redneck ever to take off our KKK hoods and read the illustrious The New York Times. I guess I’d better cancel my daily e-mail subscription. I wouldn’t want to cause any cognitive dissonance in Paul Krugman’s smug, elitist little world where all smart, cool, hip, intellectual people vote Democrat, and all Republicans would respond to the elevated discourse of The New York Times (assuming they read it which they don’t, being ignorant rednecks) with a look of utter bafflement much like this:

Comments 6

  1. Patrick wrote:

    The Zoolander pic is priceless.

    Posted 04 Nov 2008 at 3:09 am
  2. Victor Jimenez wrote:

    Ouch! Don’t beat aroun the bush, tell us what you really think!

    Posted 04 Nov 2008 at 5:49 am
  3. Ramondo Boddington wrote:

    Ouch… you wrote out the “N” word, shame on you. I hope the authorities don’t come for your kids.

    Posted 04 Nov 2008 at 6:14 am
  4. Dan wrote:

    Love the Zoolander picture.

    I don’t know what the GOP will do in the wake of this election but what they did leading up to it was to very clearly and publicly reject intellectualism. Its odd to me that you’re so outraged that Krugman would point this out. Sarah Palin spent the late days of the campaign differentiate “real” America from the rest of (presumably) “not real” America, and that division was strictly on urban vs rural lines. It seems odd to me that an intellectual Republican like you has so enthusiastically embraced the out-front anti-intellectual movement that Palin exemplifies.

    Leading up to the election the GOP opinion makers were quite enthusiastically whipping up the mobs to expel the intellectual moderate Republicans who had the courage to point out that Palin is unacceptable. This happened to Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Christopher Buckley, Colin Powell, and Kathleen Parker (I have probably missed some other ones.) I don’t know if this trend will continue but I did listen to Limbaugh a bit yesterday and he was still on the attack against David Brooks.

    The GOP used to be the party of ideas. I personally think they need to return to that.

    Posted 06 Nov 2008 at 4:32 pm
  5. Shane wrote:

    “Yes, we’re all a bunch of rednecks. We’re all a bunch of racists. We all think Obama is a Muslim. We all secretly want to shout “He’s a nigger!” at Palin rallies. We’re all just a bunch of dumb, racist, rednecks who are too stupid, too ignorant, too low-brow to read The New York Times:”

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Did you notice in the general election that Obama carried people with “some college” or more education, while McCain’s dominant area was high school education…or less. Do we think this is a coincidence? I have a couple of fat, arrogant, stubborn (aka typical) Republican friends and they’ve already told me why that is, because of those left-leaning teachers at the fancy places they call “colleges” that all of us libs want to go to. I always wonder, does the GOP breed ignorance or is it the other way around?

    Posted 21 Feb 2009 at 8:13 pm
  6. Julia wrote:

    You’re obviously new to this blog, Shane, and have an irony comprehension problem.

    Posted 24 Feb 2009 at 4:20 am

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