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Thursday, July 31, 2008


Matthew Yglesias and The Nation's Chris Hayes wonder if anyone's going to notice the fact the John McCain's the very elitist he claims that Obama is.

Hayes seems to wonder if he put McCain on blast, whether one of his media colleagues might see the flames:
John McCain is an insanely rich individual. He is insanely rich because he married a woman who was insanely rich, who in turn inherited that insane wealth from her parents. They own more houses than I have pairs of shoes. Seriously. They have a super fancy credit cards that they carry a $225,000 balance on. He wears expensive shoes. I'm sure his suits and ties cost a lot, too. Whatever. That is what it is.

But, importantly, John McCain simply has no connection to working people on a personal level, and most likely hasn't for most of his political life. The only working class people he encounters are those who come to his campaign events, those who serve him at restaurants, and the small army no doubt employed to clean his ten houses. And, more importantly, he's the head of a political coalition that while managing to win millions of working class votes, does not have any real representatives of working America calling the shots in the party's upper echelons. His top economic adviser spent his entire career trying to stick it to the middle class and enrich the banking industry, which he later lucratively joined. Now that the very policies he pushed for helped create a massive ponzi scheme that is collapsing on the heads of the middle class he sniffs at the rubble and calls those people whiners. Whiners.


Matt sees McCain singing to the (sickly rich, obliviious) choir:
It's easy, for example, for someone on the "I married an heiress" plan to talk about the need to privatize Social Security or cut benefits. And someone who, like John McCain, has never actually experienced private sector health insurance might well not understand what it is about it that has so many people agitated. And McCain, it's worth recalling, isn't even someone who got rich by earning a fortune in business and thus might have learned something about upward mobility. He just married into it. But he doesn't appear to have any of that FDR-like sense of noblesse oblige -- he just has a lot of policies that are well-suited to the interests of people like himself.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

John McCain is NOT insanely rich. I live in Houston Texas. John McCain barely has money enough to be taken seriously in Houston Society. Insanely rich is billions, oil billions, NOT the tens of millions John McCain has.

September 2, 2008 at 6:41 PM  
Anonymous Renato said...

I found this post by accident, looking for a McCain image, thanks for the info... and thanks for the image... I used in my post (http://revac71.blogspot.com/2008/09/que-mac-se-referia-esta-persona.html) for some amusement ;-)

September 2, 2008 at 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

small potatoes compared with the elite whitie and the oreos living in Central Florida. Just put Seminole County FL, and you'll see something out of a Disney movie. Whites and blacks being racists and prejudice towards Hispanics (specifically) as the Dixie Southerners that became famous for their inhumane treatment of blacks. But it appears that oreos have learned only too well from their old nemesis, they now surpass their racists way.

February 13, 2009 at 6:51 PM  

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