Liberals, and Democrats by association, are often stereotyped and criticized by conservatives for being “elitist.” You saw it in the last election, with pundits portraying Kerry as a snobby intellectual going against the good-ol-country-boy George Bush.
But what about conservative elitism? Can’t right-wing pundits be just as condescending and arrogant as anyone? Let’s take a look.
First, we have Rush Limbaugh, who recently said making election day a national holiday won’t help Democrats because most of their voters don’t work anyway:
LIMBAUGH: The two to three big opportunities so far mentioned by Howard Dean — pension portability and changes to election laws. … So portability of pensions. What’s the second one? Oh, yeah, Election Day a holiday. And well, you know — I don’t know why they need to do that. Most of their voters don’t work anyway, so I don’t know how that’s going to help them that much. At least in a percentage basis. (June 2)
Granted, Rush could be talking about the elderly, who typically vote Democrat. But in the last election, Bush received the most votes from the over-65 demographic. What Rush seems to be implying is that the majority of Democrats are unemployed bums. Considering the unemployment rate is 5.2 percent, and a little less than half the voting population votes Democrat, the numbers just don’t add up. From what little I’ve read, it seems making election day a national holiday would be much better for Democrats than Republicans in terms of improving voter turnout.
Partisan politics aside, it is hard to find a logical reason why election day isn’t a holiday. We bitch and moan about the low voter turnout in this country, but we can’t even give people the day off to go vote.
Next, we have conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who recently went on the O’Reily Factor and defined what it means to be normal:
INGRAHAM: Well, I think it’s interesting that people like [New York Daily News chairman and publisher Mort] Zuckerman [who wrote a June 2 op-ed suggesting that religious conservatives may hurt the Republican Party] would be saying this now, coming off of an election where President Bush was elected with middle-class support, Bill [O'Reilly, host], from about $23,000 to about $50,000 bracket for annual salary. Bush won by six points in all Americans and 22 points in white middle-class voters. So the Republicans are clearly connecting with the regular people, where the Democrats aren’t. (June 2)
I guess Ingraham meant to say the majority of the people, instead of regular people. Or maybe not. Maybe she really believes that her demographic, and most importantly, Bush supports, are normal Americans. Everyone else is abnormal. Freakish deviants whose ideals have mutated into something that needs to be looked down upon and pitied.