October 11, 2008
Op-Ed of Interest: "The Class War Before Palin"
David Brooks has an interesting op-ed, "The Class War Before Palin," New York Times, Oct. 10, 2008. The majority is about the anti-elite aspects of Republican Party rhetoric, exemplified by Sarah Palin, but ends by noting that the Republican Party has had policies that do not address the concerns of the working class.
My only concern with this sort of writing is that it arguably suffers from a bit too much of the mirror-looking sort of analysis that finds explanations in decisions that if the Republicans were winning than those same decisions would be seen as being brilliant; it made me think of The Right Nation, a book describing the rise of the right written by two British journalists. Maybe it isn't the anti-elite or the rhetoric of politicians that has made the Republican Party weak, it is the fact that even McCain's own commercial has to acknowledge that most Americans feel, correctly, that they are worse off than they were four years ago (and really 8 years ago). These law prof blogs are not supposed to be political, but I think that anti-elite, anti-intellectual rhetoric could work but for the current troubles of the country under a Republican administration.
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