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Nothin’ But a G Than(g)

george-washington-picture.jpgAs if Sarah Palin’s conspicuous g-free delivery (she’s always “plannin’” and “hopin’”) over the past five weeks wasn’t enough, in Tuesday night’s debate, it appeared that John McCain had caught the fever as well. Evidently this is all part of a coordinated effort to connect with “ordinary” — meaning stupid — Americans. The Republicans have made this process into something of an art form — they heap public praise on the “main street”/”small town”/”normal” segment of the population while at the same time treating them like backward grammar-challenged racist imbeciles.

The cynicism such a “tactic” requires is breathtaking. But it only works as well as it does because of the deeply anti-intellectual stream in our culture — as much as we have deified the “founding fathers” we have failed in many ways to appreciate and honor how cultured, thoughtful and educated most of them were. So now the same people who go on and on about Franklin and Washington and Jefferson and try to inculcate nostalgia for some long-lost golden age of American hegemony find stuff like, y’know, proper pronunciation, annoying.:

“When Obama says Pock-i-stahn I have an uncontrollable urge to read the New Yorker and find some Chardonnay. Fortunately I have an old copy of NR and a Coors Light to snap me back to reality. Seriously though — no one in flyover country says Pock-i-stahn. It’s annoying.” [E-mail posted by Kathryn Jean Lopez]

I swear. I’m goin’ to do some chokin’.

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I know, right? I mean, I totally hate it when Presidential wanna-be's, like, try to pronunciate names of countries right.
I mean--who really does that? Pronounces names of countries the way they were intended to be?
You know why he does it? Because he's secretly a total Pockistandi. I'm sure of it. And Osama hangs in there, so that means Obama is a terrorist.
Snap. What up.
Now if you me my baby Fig is crying. I gots to go.

Thinking about a baby named Fig made me laugh.

Fig! It's dinner time, Fig! Don't forget to wash up, Fig! Now, Fig, don't tease your sister like that.

I should probably just go to bed.

Great, now Republicans just think that ordinary people are stupid. So few racists, so many white people.

The evidence keeps coming in. John McCain realized that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were going to lead to a market meltdown. Here is a letter he wrote in 2006. While McCain was trying to save America from Fannie and Freddie, Barack Obama was on Fannie and Freddie's payroll.

Yet people seriously expect me to believe that we should elect Obama to "save" the economy. Why? He's one of the people who got us into this mess. Why should we reward him by voting for him to fix the very problem he helped create?

If someone throws a brick through my window, I don't hire the same person to install a new window. I hire the person who tried to stop the vandals. The person who tried to stop Obama and his roving band of bandits was John McCain.

Once again - so few racists, so many white people.