There have been several recent attempts to explain Obama’s worldview as the result of his post-colonial father or his early socialist mentors — Gnostic attempts to produce the hidden key that unlocks the man. The reality is simpler. In April 2008, Obama described small-town voters to wealthy donors in San Francisco: “It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.” Now, to wealthy donors in Massachusetts, opponents are “hard-wired not to always think clearly.” Interpreting Obama does not require psychoanalysis or the reading of mystic Chicago runes. He is an intellectual snob.
…and I am forced to admit that I once assumed that I was an intellectual snob, myself. Quite smug about it, too. Then I found out that the intellectual snob demographic is about the only one in American society that still considers European-style class distinctions even faintly relevant: which was a problem, as I was entirely too lower-class and lowbrow to qualify for membership.
Eh. Much more fun to stick it to the Man, anyway.