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Pundits and politicos uncover elitism!

Here’s Stephen Colbert’s send-up of the tedious claim that Barack Obama is — gasp! — an elitist.

I found it particularly repelling when New York Times columnist David Books recently wrote that Obama had image problems because he’s not the sort you imagine at an Applebee’s salad bar. That’s a reprise of the criticism that Gore and Kerry were out of touch with common reality while George Bush was the kinda man you’d like to have a beer with.

Well, nobody wants to have a beer with George Bush these days and criticism of Brooks’ type sounds as stupid to intelligent people as Colbert depicts it here.

We’ll have to wait to see if the usual Republican tactic of frequently repeating a false or exaggerated claim — a kind of brainwashing, really — works as well this election. Newt Gingrich literally taught this tactic to freshmen Congressmen when Republicans got control of the House during the Clinton years. Such statements fall under what Colbert came to call “truthiness.”

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