As I wrote on Paul Kruguman's column today, (I will try and recreate the gist since comments now disappear as soon as they are sent:
I have to agree with you regarding the Republican candidates, but the voters themselves are somewhat smarter than you give them credit for. That's always been one of the failings, though, of the academic left, which is why it has proven so effective for Fox News and the G.O.P. to accuse the the left of Elitism. The Dems have had a problem for years connecting with the rank and file, ever since the draft dodgers tried to recruit them against the war, in which they had already served with honor, so the so-called New Left college boys wouldn't have to go and fight. Now, some of those New Left college boys are Conservative chicken hawks today.
Back in days when I used to consult for Democratic candidates, we would visit union halls and listen to the aspirants for public office trying to connect with people, unaware they were talking down, but you could tell the members knew it. Read more
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