Guest Blogger Jack Serpentine: An open letter to the Democrats: Pull the Saab over, it's time for someone else to drive
V Note: As promised, here is another Jack Serpentine joint. Stay tuned for another great guest post on Monday.
A bold idea struck me last Sunday while watching my staples Meet the Press and the journey to the depths of lunacy that is The McLaughlin Group—that the true blame for the Democrats’ current malaise is Harvard University.
But what kind of liberal would I be if I made it that simple? Of course “Harvard” is a metaphor for a much larger problem with the party today, but it’s definitely a problem. A more popular way of wording it is “liberal elitism.”
Now, I had no idea what this was before I moved to the east coast. I’m a Midwesterner, and more specifically a Kansan. If you’ve picked up a Washington Post or New York Times in the past six months, you’re intimately familiar with my home state’s spiraling back to medieval philosophy and mores. So you can understand how I had no idea how accurate conservative commentators were when they continuously characterized the out-of-touch, sushi-eating, latte-drinking liberal. Any of my friends who were not die hard Republicans were just people who read an occasional book that wasn’t the Bible and witnessed the fact that conservatives cannot govern.
But as I started spending time in Washington, D.C., New York and several other eastern places, the idea of liberal elites started make sense as to why the Democrats can keep losing. The party is run by people who know nothing about middle America and look down on everyone who does not hold an advanced degree and isn’t from a handful of states that touch on an ocean.
I don’t want to sound like a victimized guy from the Heartland who blames the decadent coasts for all my problems, but you have to understand that there are millions of people who actually do feel that way. They believe that Democrats talk down to them, want to spend their money, and want to outlaw going to church on Sunday. Is this grossly unfair to the overwhelming majority of moderates and liberals? You bet your Saab it is, but that it is how people view those who are left of center. And the reason is that the Democrats do nothing to combat this image. They just keep hiring the same people from the same places that went to the same schools to trot out the same message, and you know, I’ll be damned if it doesn’t sound close to, “We know what’s best, we’ll spend your money, and church is for stupid people.”
Don’t believe there’s a problem? Let’s look at the leadership of the Democratic party:
There’s Howard Dean, a man who went to Yale, and then off to a prestigious medical school. He made his political career being the governor of Vermont. I mean, Vermont. Enough said.
Next is Nancy Pelosi. Oh yeah, San Francisco is totally mainstream.
How about Harry Reid: I’m pretty sure this guy just came from the moon to actually make Bill Frist look like a competent Majority Leader.
How about the people who run the campaigns? Let’s see. John Kerry used Bob Shrum and Mary Beth Cahill, both of whom are from the bluest of blue states, attended prestigious schools on the east coast and couldn’t win a national election if a drunken frat boy with no record of achievement from Texas ran against them.
How about the last time a Democrat won a national election? The candidate was from Arkansas and the genius who ran the campaign was from Louisiana and went to LSU.
Now, I clearly don’t idolize the “common man from middle America.” I moved east as soon as I got a clear shot, but come on. Does everyone in the party need to have gone to an Ivy League school and have no record of actual political success?
I fully recognize that this point has been made in several different ways over the past couple of years, and I do not in any way condone the anti-intellectualism that we have to admit happens on too large a scale.
However, I do have a proposal: Let’s rest the starters this election cycle. Let’s have all the elites of the Democratic Party, the ones who can’t seem to pull their heads out of their asses, sit this one out.
If you meet the following criteria you’re a valued member of the Blue Team, but you may want to take some time off through the remainder of this election cycle:
1. You had no idea that there is a civilization west of the Hudson River with buildings and cars and people and stuff.
2. You’ve actually been rowing on the Charles or Potomac River.
3. You don’t know what a megachurch is and certainly have never seen one.
4. You think a Blue Devil is a more prestigious figure in basketball than a Jayhawk.
5. You thought nominating a liberal Catholic from Massachusetts made sense in 2004.
6. You thought nominating a liberal Catholic (yes, Eastern Orthodox counts) from Massachusetts made sense in 1988.
7. You think nominating a liberal Catholic from Massachusetts ever makes sense in any year that is not 1960.
8. You’re pretty sure that blonde who died in Teddy Kennedy’s car was asking for it.
9. You have a degree from an Ivy League school or you say, “A small liberal arts school in the Northeast” when asked where you went to college.
10. You don’t think Red Sox fans turned into totally obnoxious pussies after they won the World Series.
I know this list may seem harsh, and after all, you did get six more questions right on the SAT than I did, but let’s try something new this election cycle. Let’s talk about how conservatives cannot fucking govern, how the environment is a vital issue, and how it’s fundamentally unfair for rich people to take a massive tax cut when we’re waging two expensive wars and revving up for our third. If we get really excited, we can point out that Osama keeps sending us his greatest hits while our soldiers baby sit assholes who want to blow up each others’ mosques.
Let’s stay away from “conservatives are idiots” and leaving it at that. At least not until we take a nice long look at ourselves.