Monday, April 14, 2008

"Elite" is still a good thing, right?

In all the furor over Barack Obama's comments at a San Francisco fundraiser about disenfranchised Americans "clinging" to guns, God and xenophobia, the candidate was accused of being "elitist" by a wide swath of the media.

Jon Stewart's take on the kerfuffle was, as usual, pretty much perfect: "I know 'elite' is a bad word in politics and you want to go bowling and throw back a few beers. But the job you're applying for? If you get it, and it goes well -- they might carve your head into a mountain! If you don't actually think you're better than us, then what the fuck are you doing? In fact, not only do I want an elite president, I want someone who is embarrassingly superior to me."

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