Things like this, from one of Ross’ readers, make me want to tear my hair out:
The problem is that I really do think the George Wills and the Brooks and even (a little) David Frum, would exclude such people [as Sarah Palin] from high office because they have never seen a copy of Foreign Affairs and do not even know it exists …
High office? High office? That’s a basis for excluding someone from a fucking internship at the State Department. I know it worked out awesome in Dave and Head of State, but knowing something about the issues you’d have to deal with daily is actually almost as relevant to one’s fitness for the vice presidency as being a pure-of-heart maverick who understands middle America.
Let’s try a little Stuart Smalley style mantra, OK? I’ll go first: I am not qualified to be vice president. Very likely, you are not qualified to be vice president. And that’s OK. Because the vast, vast majority of people in this country, though hard working and brimming with fine values, are not qualified to be vice president.
The tiny number with the requisite knowledge and skill set do, in fact, constitute an “elite.” If that’s what people mean by “elitism” now, then the “elitist” position is just obviously correct. Or, if you prefer, “common sense.”