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June 26, 2005


Moe Lane

Even with ag subsidaries, there isn't enough sugar on the planet to make the 'gotta stop insulting the people you want to recruit' medicine go down easy for a good number of the Democratic base. And if there's a group that's less willing to listen to contrary advice, I do not know its name.



It would probably help if they stop referring to Christians as "Christers". I have some very devout friends who really, extremely, dislike that term.


Ed: It's the NYTimes--they can't help themselves.


As a life-long Southerner (apart from a brief sojourn in London in the early Nineties), I can't resist adding my two cents here.

The "gorillas in the mist" attitude that is manifested in the NYT magazine article above is old news in these parts, a sort of casual disdain that inexplicably remains one of the few acceptable prejudices. Consider, for example, one of the publicity bits for the TNT series "The Closer," in which the heroine hails from Georgia. The writer indicated that he wanted to have a series where "the smartest person in the room has a Southern accent." It could well be that only a Southerner could understand how simultaneously sad, funny, and infuriating that statement is - the gimmick is that the chick with the funny accent is intelligent!

While working part-time to put myself through grad school at a certain old Mississippi university, I had a colleague who was from a certain Midwestern state and had come here to major in "Southern Studies." His every word and comment dripped with contempt and condescencion for the people around him. I was moved once to ask, "So, you'd discount what Einstein had to say if he had a Southern accent?" And he replied, no trace of irony, "Yes."

I know the commenters on this blog have no such problem, but Mr. Bai and many of the elite in the chattering class do - and that's a pity. The inability of liberal Blue Staters to understand Red Staters, regarding them as an alien, uneducated, potentially threatening Other - that misconception is all too familiar to those of us below the Mason-Dixon line. Y'all are new to this - we were being despised by our self-appointed betters long before the advent of the Moores, Streisands, and Deans of this world.

Indulge please one more anecdote - the lady who taught me Colonial American history, who hailed from Chicago, loved to recount how, when she told her parents that she was accepting a teaching post at a Mississippi University, they presented her with hundreds of dollars worth of postage stamps, on the assumption that the U.S. Postal Service didn't have any regular facilities "down there."

Okay, end of rant, but you other Southerners on here know what I mean.


Nothing quite says authentic rural America like a multimillionaire plaintiffs' lawyer, does it?


RS hit the nail on the head.


LOL, crank.

And re RS, I had a Southern prof once assure me that Southern businessman and lawyers made millions playing off Northern assumptions about their stupidity.

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