Yglesias

Strange Populists

CREDIT:

If Walter Russell Mead wants to take a conservative view of climate change or other political issues, that’s surely his right. But if you go to Groton and then Yale, and are currently the the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and a professor at Yale, then I really don’t see how you get to write sneering pseudo-populist diatribes about how only Harvard professors could possibly like the Democrats.

Meanwhile, though it’s certainly true that losing a Senate seat in traditionally liberal Massachusetts is embarrassing where was Mead’s piece about the GOP losing Senate seats in Alaska and North Carolina last time around? About Barack Obama picking up Indiana? I don’t recall those somehow.

Last I’ll note that while I know conservatives don’t like being called racists, the trope that the true heart of the progressive coalition is pointy-headed intellectuals involves, shall we say, systematically denying the existence of people of color. The most Democratic district in the country is full of working-class families— 35 percent are under 18 and per capita income is $19,311 a year. It’s just that only 20 percent of the people living there are white.