I’ve commented before on an unprecedented, new phenomenon in American politics: overt contempt for the voters on the part of certain politicians.
President Obama has gently suggested that we aren’t up to making the right decision in the voting booth because we are unhinged by the country’s economic woes. Charles Krauthammer, who used to earn his living as a psychiatrist, describes this:
Opening a whole new branch of cognitive science — liberal psychology — Obama has discovered a new principle: The fearful brain is hard-wired to act befuddled, i.e., vote Republican.
This disdain for the voter is more than just pop psychology as a way to explain away likely election results, however. As I have noted before (see Angelo Codevilla on the new ruling class), America has produced a new elite that is more snobbish than the old one.
Charles Murray, writing in the Washington Post, notes that the tea party folks have been particularly vocal in their criticism of this New Elite:
That a New Elite has emerged over the past 30 years is not really controversial. That its members differ from former elites is not controversial. What sets the tea party apart from other observers of the New Elite is its hostility, rooted in the charge that elites are isolated from mainstream America and ignorant about the lives of ordinary Americans.
Let me propose that those allegations have merit.
This is a New Elite, as Codevilla pointed out and as Murray agrees, that was forged in the country’s most famous universities. This is an essay well worth reading and it will tell you several interesting things about the NE. The most interesting thing, in my opinion, is that they don’t like the rest of the country very much. Truth to tell, I have nothing against elitism, but this elite just doesn’t seem to be anything more than the homogenous products of a handful of universities.