Everybody is entitled to the occassional rant. This is what it looks like when the self-styled “educated class” do it. Fisk this one with me. Let’s take a quick peak inside his head
TEA PARTY TEENS – David Brooks
In almost every sphere of public opinion, Americans are moving away from the administration, not toward it. The Ipsos/McClatchy organizations have been asking voters which party can do the best job of handling a range of 13 different issues. During the first year of the Obama administration, the Republicans gained ground on all 13.
The public is not only shifting from left to right. Every single idea associated with the educated class has grown more unpopular over the past year.
His column, we now know, isn’t going to be about the merits (or lack thereof) of your beliefs and values, it’s about your lack of edumacation. One thing you need to realize, gentle readers, Liberals think you are stupid. No, they really do. I know this because I used to be a Liberal, and self-styled member of that “educated class,” and I remember how self-superior we used to be as we sneered down our noses at you, “the public.” The fact that most of the American public often disagreed with our positions did not give us pause, as you’d think it should have. No, it only reinforced our sense of intellectual superiority. Because you are morons.
The educated class believes in global warming, so public skepticism about global warming is on the rise. The educated class supports abortion rights, so public opinion is shifting against them. The educated class supports gun control, so opposition to gun control is mounting.
The story is the same in foreign affairs. The educated class is internationalist, so isolationist sentiment is now at an all-time high, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The educated class believes in multilateral action, so the number of Americans who believe we should “go our own way” has risen sharply.
Notice he offers no substantive argument here. But more importantly, notice his use of the word “so”. You disagree with him on every single one of the issues he just mentioned, not because he may be full of crap on most or all of them, but merely to spite the educated class. He believes one thing, “so” you spitefully believe another. This is what an intellectual elitist looks like in the throes of a full tilt temper tantrum. He’s not even trying anymore.
A year ago, the Obama supporters were the passionate ones. Now the tea party brigades have all the intensity.
The tea party movement is a large, fractious confederation of Americans who are defined by what they are against. They are against the concentrated power of the educated class. They believe big government, big business, big media and the affluent professionals are merging to form self-serving oligarchy — with bloated government, unsustainable deficits, high taxes and intrusive regulation.
He’s not entirely unfair here; and he actually calls them “tea party” instead of the usual epithet they use. Kudos. But yes, people out of power–unable to set the agenda–are generally relegated to “what they are against.”
The tea party movement is mostly famous for its flamboyant fringe. But it is now more popular than either major party. According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 41 percent of Americans have a positive view of the tea party movement. Only 35 percent of Americans have a positive view of the Democrats and only 28 percent have a positive view of the Republican Party.
If the Tea Party is mostly famous for its flamboyant fringe, that’s because the likes of you have made every effort possible to define them that way. As you can see from those polls, Mr. Brooks, they aren’t that fringe you’ve made every effort to define them as. They are what a right-of-center country looks like.
The movement is especially popular among independents. The Rasmussen organization asked independent voters whom they would support in a generic election between a Democrat, a Republican and a tea party candidate. The tea party candidate won, with 33 percent of independents. Undecided came in second with 30 percent. The Democrats came in third with 25 percent and the Republicans fourth with 12 percent.
Yes, they are independents, but not necessarily “moderates.” Ever wondered where all the Republicans went? That’s where. They are conservatives who have walked away from a Republican party which they feel no longer represents them. That’s what sunk the GOP in the last two congressional elections. The same GOP you made every effort to depict as “far Right” and “extremist,” but which wasn’t. Well, you had lots of people fooled, but not these people. That’s why they left. Now they are independents, and the GOP is going to try and win them back. The GOP was extremist? You haven’t seen nothing yet. They are against statism regardless of party, against globalism, open borders, Free Trade, and big spending. So when you play your usual gotcha game of–“but you weren’t against spending when the Republicans did it!”– you are entirely mistaken. They were.
The rest here.