Sunday, October 26, 2008

New Name Calling from the Right Wing

I've long been curious about the term Limousine Liberal.

According to WikiPedia, limousine liberal, A.K.A.,
  • latte liberal
  • limousine leftist
  • learjet liberal
  • lakefront liberal
  • Lexus liberal
  • MasterCard Marxist
  • parlor pink, and
  • white wine socialist
are all pejorative North American political terms used to illustrate perceived hypocrisy by a political liberal of upper class or upper middle class status.

Wikipedia traces limosene liberal back to a pejorative conservative term used to describe Republican Mayor John Lindsay and his wealthy Manhattan backers during a 1969 campaign.
It was a populist epithet, carrying an implicit accusation that the people it described were insulated from all negative consequences of their programs intended to benefit the poor, and that the costs and consequences of such programs would be borne in the main by working class or lower middle class people who were not so poor as to be beneficiaries themselves.... criticized Lindsay for favoring unemployed blacks over working-class whites.
I may be wrong, but it's always seemed to me to imply:
  • a tacit admission of a state of de facto class warfare, and
  • limousine liberals were class traitors.
It's my impression that the limousine liberal epithet has most often been thrown at the most wealthy of liberals, starting with George Soros, Warren Buffette and Edward Kennedy.

In this 2008 election year, class traitors have been uncovered in the ranks of the Republican Party. Some prominent Republicans, concerned with salvaging their personal credibility and integrity have offered criticisms of the McCain-Palin Palin-McCain ticket. They have encountered a blowback for their efforts. As a result we have a few more - more colorful epithets coined by Palinistas such as:
  • Charles Krauthammer's "wet-fingered conservatives leaping to Barack Obama"
  • Jim Nuzzo's (a White House aide to the first President Bush) "cocktail party conservatives [giving] aid and comfort to the enemy" and "dead people in the Republican Party".
  • Anonymous White House source's "Benedicts"
The Palinistas conjure themselves up to being the leaders of the Republican dynasty of the future - The 21st Century Reagans.

Well, all I can say on this point is more is to come. I felt the need for a G.O.P. program so I can track all of the present and future players. I found one from the New York Times, vintage 2005. I have placed it in MMA, for future reference.

8 comments:

  1. This post borders on brash and naked schadenfreude, Vigil. Beware of tempting the fates.

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  2. Neocon - (though he denies it) NeoCon Ken Adelman joined the dissenters from McCain's presidency last Friday:

    I've long prided myself in being a staunch conservative ..... Not a neo-con, since I was never liberal along the way (having campaigned for Barry Goldwater in 1964, when at that hotbed of lefty politics, Grinnell College). I'm really a con-con ..... And not a staunch Republican, as I've never been to a Republican rally or convention (I came closest in 1980, after writing Don Rumsfeld's speech and after we drove there; but I left Detroit before the convention opened) ..... So I've considered myself less of a partisan than an ideologue. I cared about conservative principles, and still do, instead of caring about the GOP ..... Granted, McCain's views are closer to mine than Obama's. But I've learned over this Bush era to value competence along with ideology. Otherwise, our ideology gets discredited, as it has so disastrously over the past eight years.

    McCain's temperament -- leading him to bizarre behavior ..... depressed me into thinking that "our guy" would be a(nother) lousy conservative president. Been there, done that.

    I'd rather a competent moderate president. Even at a risk ..... I concluded that McCain would not -- could not -- be a good president. Obama just might be ..... That's become good enough for me .....

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  3. Yes, Adelman belongs among my Bitter After-Taste flavors of Kool-Aide.

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  4. Vig, I know you're upset about the Dodgers but look at it this way: at least we lost to a team that will probably win.

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  5. Actually, I have seen quite a bit of name-calling on both sides, although my biased perception is that the right is more frustrated right now and apt to go further in their racist-baiting tactics.

    It is true that there are the wealthy patrons on both sides, although I am led by the numbers to believe there are more wealthy individuals on the right.

    By the naming of others by a scrutinied class consciousness, do we devolve into class warfare?? ...does the right enter into the domain of name-calling by opening the door to questions of who has the most expensive cars or drinks the best wine? What does this have to do with leadership...just another red herring?

    Seriously. McMaverick, don't let the door hit your butt on the way out.

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  6. I agree with anvendelig, but I've had a long acquaintance with Murphy's Law and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I won't start breathing again until November 5th or 6th.

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  7. Hey, I'm a latte sipping liberal.... (my limo is in the shop)

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  8. Seriously. McMaverick, don't let the door hit your butt on the way out.

    Another version, mariamaria: Don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.

    I'm with beach on this one. Well, no more blogging today: I have to get my materials ready for the election. Inspector Stella will be at the polls during the entire election: I had no idea what I was getting into, but I'm proud to be doing it.

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