… And boy, is it special!
First, if anybody could make proud Princeton tiger mom Susan A. Patterson look like a down-to-earth egalitarian, you knew it would be Ross, Cardinal Douthat:
… Her betrayal consists of being gauche enough to acknowledge publicly a truth that everyone who’s come up through Ivy League culture knows intuitively — that elite universities are about connecting more than learning, that the social world matters far more than the classroom to undergraduates, and that rather than an escalator elevating the best and brightest from every walk of life, the meritocracy as we know it mostly works to perpetuate the existing upper class.
Every elite seeks its own perpetuation, of course, but that project is uniquely difficult in a society that’s formally democratic and egalitarian and colorblind. And it’s even more difficult for an elite that prides itself on its progressive politics, its social conscience, its enlightened distance from hierarchies of blood and birth and breeding…
… It would be like telling admissions offices at elite schools that they should seek a form of student-body “diversity” that’s mostly cosmetic, designed to flatter multicultural sensibilities without threatening existing hierarchies all that much. They don’t need to be told — that’s how the system already works! The “holistic” approach to admissions, which privileges résumé-padding and extracurriculars over raw test scores or G.P.A.’s, has two major consequences: It enforces what looks suspiciously like de facto discrimination against Asian applicants with high SAT scores, while disadvantaging talented kids — often white and working class and geographically dispersed — who don’t grow up in elite enclaves with parents and friends who understand the system. The result is an upper class that looks superficially like America, but mostly reproduces the previous generation’s elite…
Yeah, networking resume-padders like Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, or that social-climbing urban couple now in possession of the White House. Tough world, Doubthat.
Next up in the Squid-Cloud of of Butthurt parade, Erick ‘Strike Force’ Erickson:
… The professional right has turned a mailing list habit into a mailing list addiction. Like drug addicts wanting one more hit before going straight, they send out one last mail piece demanding money to help Allen West. But now, like going from cocaine to crack, they spam your email inbox too demanding your immediate defense of Allen West, Rand Paul, etc.
Never you mind that Allen West will never see one penny of the money. “We’re building his name identification,” the mailhouse tells you. Yes, in the days of Rush Limbaugh’s 20 million listener audience, Fox News’s domination of the news airwaves, and Allen West’s own efforts, I’m sure he needs some crappy little group no one has ever heard of using his name so that they themselves get money.
This is one reason I have discouraged petitions at RedState. We used to do them as a show of support on the right for various issues. But now, too many hucksters demand you SIGN THE PETITION NOW TO STAND WITH X, Y, AND Z purely as products to collect your email address so they can spam you. Older people have no idea. They think they are helping the cause and the only cause they are helping is the bottom line of the professional right.
The professional right bled Mitt Romney dry, scammed millions of conservatives out of their hard earned money so that consultants could fly on Gulfstream jets, and sent kids to bars in Wisconsin to get drunk while actual grassroots groups went door to door only to see the professional groups take credit for work they did not do…
Yes, this is the same E. Erickson who first came to our attention when he urged his
Trike Farce Strike Force to use his Amazon link to mail rock salt to Olympia Snowe. But it’s not his own benefits he’s thinking about, it’s poor uncompensated Allen West.
And finally, sliding towards the center and the well-meaning bless-his-heart demographic: Yes, I generally like Brad Paisley’s songs, but “Accidental Racist” is just an embarrassment to all concerned.