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The GOP’s Anti-Intellectualism Backfires.

October 10, 2008

David Brooks of the New York Times argues that the GOP’s stance against the liberal elite has transformed into a palatable anti-intellectual movement.

What had been a disdain for liberal intellectuals slipped into a disdain for the educated class as a whole. The liberals had coastal condescension, so the conservatives developed their own anti-elitism, with mirror-image categories and mirror-image resentments, but with the same corrosive effect.

Republicans developed their own leadership style. If Democratic leaders prized deliberation and self-examination, then Republicans would govern from the gut.

Sarah Palin was the final nail in that coffin.

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