Tuesday, August 5, 2008

An elitist tirade

Maybe it doesn't carry much weight with many, seeing as how Mr. Garrison Keillor's radio program (a Midwestern product that features heavy portions of sound effects and Gospel choirs) runs on the "elitist bastion" of National Public Radio. But his take on a recent development in the current presidential campaign is, to say the least, interesting:

"...it's an amazing country where an Arizona multimillionaire can attack a Chicago South Sider as an elitist and hope to make it stick. The Chicagoan was brought up by a single mom who had big ambitions for him, and he got scholarshipped into Harvard Law and was made president of the law review, all of it on his own hook, whereas the Arizonan is the son of an admiral and was ushered into Annapolis though an indifferent student, much like the Current Occupant, both of them men who are very lucky that their fathers were born before they were. The Chicagoan, who grew up without a father, wrote a book on his own, using a computer. The Arizonan hired people to write his for him. But because the Chicagoan can say what he thinks and make sense and the Arizonan cannot do that for more than 30 seconds at a time, the old guy is hoping to portray the skinny guy as arrogant.

"Good luck with that, sir."


Amanda said...

Classic. Leave it to GK to simplify the matter.

Thank you for this insight!

Anonymous said...

Why the title? Who's the elitist? I'm guessing it's humorous with an earlier reference. His take is not only interesting, it's Twainlly funny because it is so true.