The Revolt

of the bourgeois:

A New York Times survey earlier this year occasioned shock when it found that “Tea Party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, and are no more or less afraid of falling into a lower socioeconomic class.” We’re so accustomed to the notion of a revolt of the dispossessed that a revolt of the possessed (in the non-demonic sense, of course) strikes us as a strange offense against the nature of things. But it’s threatening to wash away the Democratic congressional majorities in a historic wipeout.

In extremis, Democrats and liberal commentators have dragged the debate over the tea party into the well-worn rut of elite condescension to the bourgeois, a term coined in its modern sense by Rousseau and not meant as a compliment. For more than a hundred years, the bourgeois have been accused of being insipid, greedy, and unenlightened. To the long catalogue of their offenses can now be added another: unenthralled by Barack Obama, the Romantic hero seeking to transform the nation.

Apres Barack, liberte.


Ann Althouse is mocking a woman annoyed by a man who damaged her car.

I’m with the woman (and George Costanza). It is an almost intrinsically inconsiderate and selfish act to kill yourself. The only way to do so in a considerate manner is to make sure all your affairs are in order, with clear instructions, and to not make a mess to clean up, or leave yourself where someone, particularly a loved one, will be traumatized by finding you (e.g., disappear into the wilderness and do it there). When you do it in such a way as to endanger others or cause property damage, I have zero sympathy for you, whether you survive or not. There is a big problem in the railroad business of people who deliberately step in front of trains, with no thought about the injuries and damage they may cause, or the life-long nightmares and needless soul searching for the engineer. I don’t care how unhappy you are, there is no excuse for this.

Dear Patients

A waiting-room letter. From this doctor.

I don’t think the donkeys realized just how high the voltage was on that rail. But they’re going to find out in two months.

Remember all of the fools on the left who said that the reason that the Republicans took over in 1994 wasn’t because of the attempt to pass health care, but because the attempt failed? Well, we’re about to see if their latest experiment confirms, or falsifies that absurd theory. Some myths die hard, but it will be interesting to see if this one survives.

Here’s What’s Different Than 1994

“You have me“:

A Labor Day schedule released by the staff of U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) indicates that while Feingold will be in Milwaukee for a Laborfest pre-parade on Monday morning, he will not be in town when Obama is expected to arrive.

…”I will stand with the president of the United States anywhere, any time, no hesitation. I’m proud of what this president has tried to do,” Feingold told the Journal Sentinel in an interview last month prior to Obama’s visit.

He forgot to add the part about “…as long as his approval isn’t dropping into the sub-basement.”

Yes, I think it is going to be different than 1994. Obama is going to make it much worse.

The First Kiss And Tell

Rattner rats out Obama:

– Rattner describes presidential political adviser David Axelrod coming to car meetings armed with poll data to support the takeover and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel identify Congressmen in whose districts large Chrysler facilities were located.

– “[Obama’s economic team] veered dangerously close to having the government take control of the two most troubled banks, Bank of America and Citigroup.”

Rats will be rats.

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