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Let it go Tom. You don't like Palin. We get it.

Shouldn't we be discussing more important things like King Barry's propsed trillion dollar boondoggle or even his upcoming coronation?

Speaking of King Barry, why is it that when he demanded that people lay off of criticism of Queen Michelle that was OK, but if Palin complains about the media attacking her family that is "whiny and unaware"?

Right on. Palin is white trash personified.

If Palin were smart, she'd fade from the limelight and do her job: Be a good governor, let her reforms pass the test of time, cultivate her intellect (if that's possible) and then emerge new an improved.

I hope Caroline Kennedy isn't handed Clinton's Senate seat. A big state like NY is brimming with talent. The seat should go to someone with a demonstrated capacity to win elections and govern.

Excellent, Tom.

All is want to know is, did your daily read, Andrew Sullivan, ever find out who really was the true mother of Trig.

I mean, he, a journalist writing under the banner of The Atlantic spent, what, a half dozen to dozen posts on it, right?

Just being a gadfly, here, since I basically agree with you. But. You look bad when one post makes fun of Joe the International Journalist and the next post complains that journalists are all cut from the same cloth and have no connection to us regular folk. C'mon, Joe's just a regular guy who doesn't like to pay his taxes. A fancy journalism degree from a fancy school or some expereince as a reporter would just taint him with the bias you say the media has toward the upper class.

OK, let's take these one at a time:

Steve, Governor Palin is a phenomenon of current politics and is thus worthy of attention, if not for what she is then for what she says about the spent conservative movement. You will note that the theme of this particular post was not how much I dislike her, but how badly she's managing an opportunity to become something more than she was in the last campaign. I'd argue that it's even sympathetic, since I spend much of the post explaining how she's right.

Lee, I think Andrew Sullivan has spent more than a dozen posts talking about Trig, and I find those posts embarrassing. But, alas, I don't control Andrew Sullivan, and I have no desire to spend my life pointing out when people who i do not know do embarrassing things on the Internet, unless they're funny. Andrew Sullivan is not routinely funny.

Finally, Wally: I do not say that all journalists are alike. I say that the journalists at the elite dailies and television networks are all alike. That is, itself, something of an overstatement, since an occasional public school graduate sneaks through the filter. (Connie Chung, for example, went to the University of Maryland.)

I also do not consider Joe the Plumber to be a journalist. He's going wherever he's going to make ideological points. That makes him either a commentator or a propagandist, depending on whether he pretends to be a journalist or not.

There is no danger, whatever Joe's merits may be, that he is going to be employed by one of the elite dailies or television networks.

Hey, Andy's beginning to dig in to Travolta's dead son! Great daily read Tom!

Cheap shot aside, I'm surprised my co-readers just zipped by your most provocative statement; that America is supposed to be a classless society. Says who? While we are dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal and endowed with certain rights, we are by no means a classless society in design or execution. For goodness sake, the creation of the Senate and its members appointment (Hey they couldn't have anticipated Blago!) was designed to limit the influence of the dirty rabble.

Truth is, the idea of America as a classless society is a myth created to soothe the feelings of the Great Unwashed. America's class lines are clear for anyone who cares to notice, and important for the functioning of our society. I recommend the definitive work on this subject, Paul Fussel's "Class".

We have that argument every now and then in Kentucky, and the people who are against government trash removal tend to be the people who dispose of their trash by driving out on a country road and dumping it into a ravine -- which is not very classy.

Um, Tom? My sister lives in Kentucky. The directions for how to get to her house are: Head out of town, turn downhill off the pavement at the second break in the guardrail, and head uphill at the ford. (The ford is the part of the river where appliances pile up if the river is low enough to cross.) If you don't see a washer or fridge or something, don't try to cross in the car, head up to the footbridge.

I live in a state even poorer than KY, per capita basis, and we have trash service. Alaska, due to our national petroleum addition, can afford trash service, but like my relations on the south side of the Ohio River, they choose to spend their incomes on other things, which makes them trashy. The fact that this woman believes that the governorship of Alaska qualifies her to opine on class is all the evidence I need that she's as silly and vapid as she came across in October.

Fussell's Class is, in my opinion, one of the finest pieces of social commentary ever written, and since you've clearly read it you surely recognized its influence on this posting. It was everything I could muster to keep the phrase "prole drift" out of things.

I agree that we're anything but a classless society. Fussell's book, you recall, begins with a discussion of the myth of a classless America and the pitfalls of discussing class.

Here's a link to the book on Amazon if anyone out there wants to read it. It's very funny.

Prole drift! There is a blast from the past!

I was assigned "Class" in an MBA marketing class. It is very funny, but more importantly, spot on about the truths of class in American society. The interesting thing is the reactions of people who read it generally fall into one of two camps. Either they recognize the truth and enjoy the humor, or they go into deep denial and become deeply angered by what is written.

I give "Class" to people I hire as a welcome gift. I think its insights into how American society works are amazing. I'm impressed that you read it as part of a marketing class. You had a smart professor.

And you're right: some people are deeply offended by it.

Interesting post. They were never going to be President and Vice President.

you are a success. Your blog has finally attracted lonely, rich women.

Basically in agreement with Tom's post, and now buying CLASS...

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