Palin, Darling Of The Elites


One recalls that her first ever appearance in the Anchorage Daily News was as a house-wife who wanted to get a glimpse of Ivana Trump when she opened a store in Anchorage. One also recalls a moment in the campaign that the ADN noted:

During her recent visit to New York City she attended a dinner put together by Rupert Murdoch who, according to gossip columnist Cindy Adams, "piloted Sarah around" during the evening. Murdoch is one of the world's most influential media barons. Also present was Cathy Black, president of Hearst Magazines. Other VIPS on hand at Tao on 58th Street, where a Kobe rib eye steak costs $88, included Sarah Ferguson, Martha Stewart, designer Vera Wang and the Queen of Jordan. Not the media elite -- just the elite.

Conor Friedersdorf names all the fantastically wealthy, East Coast elitists (Kristol, Ailes, Limbaugh, et al) who did all they could to promote her and prop her up:

Why elide the fact that Sarah Palin is a darling of Fox News, the highest rated cable news network in America? Or that she is regularly defended by Mr. Limbaugh, famous television personality Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin, a nationally syndicated radio host whose latest book just ended a run atop the New York Times bestseller list?

Or again, surely these savvy Sarah Palin defenders know that the editors of National Review and The Weekly Standard, tenured members of the political establishment, lined up behind her candidacy, and that Gov. Palin herself is a millionaire who enjoyed a six-figure family income before she ever took the statehousenever mind the lucrative book contract and pricey speaking fees now available to her.

Isn’t it actually the case that a good chunk of elite America loves Sarah Palin, or at least is willing to lend rhetorical and financial support to her? Why pretend otherwise? The cynical view is that elite conservatives benefit by hiding this fact from their audiences. Better to convince them that America’s cultural and political tastemakers are as thoroughly liberal today as was the case a generation ago. In that bygone era, The New York Times and the Big 3 networks determined the news cycle, the fairness doctrine constrained the market for conservative radio, and the post-World War II democratic coalition dominated two-thirds of the federal government.

But it isn’t any longer accurate to use “the liberal elite” as shorthand for America’s ruling class.

(Photo: Two multimillionaire East Coast elitists by Evan Agostini/Getty.)