Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The audacity of elitism

One of Hillary Clinton's most prominent backers and fundraisers, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, is backing John McCain because she thinks Barack Obama is an "elitist."

This is ironic for any number of reasons, as Matt Y points out here. But check out the AP's sober, dispassionate background graf about de Rothschild:

Rothschild is a member of the DNC's Democrats Abroad chapter and splits her time living in London and New York. She was one of Clinton's top fundraisers, bringing in more than $100,000 for her presidential campaign. She built a multimillion dollar telecommunications company before marrying international banker Sir Evelyn de Rothschild.

We already know where I stand on this: "elitist" is a code word for "uppity." I can parse the code, you know? Rothschild isn't fooling anyone.

But this is particularly silly coming from a woman who insists on being referred to as "Lady," was once dubbed the "flashiest hostess in London," and owns what has been called "the most beautiful apartment in New York." If Obama, the child of a teenage single mom who shunned Wall Street wealth after college to work in crumbling communities on the southside of Chicago, is "elitist," then as TNC says, "the word has no meaning."

No need for anymore frontin', Lady. Thanks for rattling before striking. You belong on the other side anyway.

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