Are "elites" the only ones who dislike being misled by their government? President Bush scoffed at Bob Woodward, the famed reporter said on 60 Minutes, for suggesting people were worried about the bogus rationale for war in Iraq. You only find that thinking among the latte-drinking, Volvo-driving intellectual set, Bush suggests.
As Woodward put it: "He's not an intellectual. He is not what I guess would be called a deep thinker. He chastised me at one point because I said people were concerned about the failure to find weapons of mass destruction. And he said, 'Well you travel in elite circles.' I think he feels there is an intellectual world and he's indicated he's not a part of it the fancy pants intellectual world. What he calls the elite."
The argument that out-of-touch elites were behind all the brouhaha over the Iraq debacle was recently advanced by another President Bush. Is it me, or is it insulting to suggest that only the swells can grasp the weight of what's happened here?
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.