Firstly, here’s Shuggy on class, prejudice and ‘culture wars’ (“it’s the economy, stupid”).
And secondly, Snowflake 5 has a really good post that re-casts the US elections in an interesting way. I’m not sure yet whether I agree with his line, but it’s really well written and worth thinking about.
- Mrs Palin has recast the whole race.
- She represents what America really is while Obama represents what it aspires to be
Also, his observation on how American blue-bloods present themselves. As Freemania implies, the small-r ‘republican’ nature of the US. I’ve often used the word ‘aristocratic’ quite approvingly as a way of characterising European representative government – and Freemania’s administrator / figurehead divide in the US illustrates why it is a good bit more problematic across the pond.
It also begs the question: Who is the most stupid? Dubya? Or someone who thinks that Dubya is stupid?
I remember in the early-1990s. Westminster was full of smartarses who liked calling Blair ‘Bambi’. They spent the second half of the decade sleeping with one eye open.
So Snowflake’s post is a good answer to Platty’s question here.
Oh, did I mention? Apart from these few posts, I’m finding the American elections to be really tedious, and the kremlinology that is easy to find on a lot of political blogs tells you all you need to know about their UK-facing kremlinology.
But Snowflake is right: Mrs Palin has given it the universal interest of a soap opera for a while.
Update: More on the 'guys like me' problem here.