Thursday, January 14, 2010

Elitism Illustrated

Illustration #1: Pressing the Flesh

Boston Globe:

For many Democrats, that is too close for comfort, in a race for the seat held for so long by a Kennedy in one of the bluest states in the land. Other polls have showed the race much tighter.

Despite that, there is a subdued, almost dispassionate quality to [Coakley's] public appearances, which are surprisingly few. Her voice is not hoarse from late-night rallies. Even yesterday, the day after a hard-hitting debate, she had no public campaign appearances in the state.

Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive.

“As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?" she fires back, in an apparent reference to a Brown online video of him doing just that.

Illustration #2: A Tale of Two Sundays

Last weekend, Scott Brown went to where the action was, meeting the people and shaking hands with the massive crowd outside Gillette Stadium before the Patriots first (and, sadly, only) playoff game.

While at the same time, Martha Coakley was attending a fundraiser, surrounding herself with sycophantic supporters (literally dozens of them!).

Illustration #3: The Takedown

Martha Coalkey's "message man", Michael Meehan,delivers the message loud and clear by pushing a treporter to the sidewalk for having the nerve to ask a question of a candidate seeking a high-level position of power and expect (gasp!) an answer.

Anyone with a dram of moral fiber in their being would have at least gestured as if he or she was trying to help the person up. Hence, Martha Coakley's stone cold expression of indifference and apathy toward the man on the ground.

Allow me to translate:

"Touch the peasants? Are you high?"