I have been reading comments from conservatives for days now that say
something like "all you elitist liberals are underestimating her and
you're gonna pay the price for that." Whenever I see that I try to get
some specifics about what exactly liberals are doing that would
constitute an underestimation of Palin and on every single occasion, I
get no serious response at all. A lot of conservatives seem to be
operating along the lines of a meta-narrative that has almost nothing
to do with what liberals are actually saying. I am not sure yet whether
that is a deliberate strategy or simple delusion.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.
Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.