Monday, October 11, 2004

John Kerry, Evidenced Elitist

I identified three evidences of Mr. Kerry's elitism Friday night:

1) John's servile uses of first names and cross-references to prior questioners during his rejoinders. This was an obvious planned tactic to appear 'connected', and I thought it came off very artificial. So artificial that it was distracting.

2) John's assumption that no audience participants were worth over $200,000 in annual income. I have heard many that picked up this overt slam on the good people of Missouri. Mr. Kerry obviously thinks these Missouri louts couldn't be worth serious money (else why wouldn't they pick up stakes and move to the coasts). My wife audibly gasped when he tossed that one in.

My Contribution (I think very few picked up this one):

3) When John was asked about stem cell research, the questioner asked a fact-based, studied and thought provoking question ... paraphrasing ... When adult stem cells and umbilical stem cells are now being used successfully in therapy, and no one has been successfully treated by embryonic stem cells, what are your thoughts on embryonic stem cell research? At first, John seemed non-plussed. Then before launching into his planned Stem Cell Talking Points, he said, "You know, Elizabeth, I really respect your -- the feeling that's in your question. I understand it. I know the morality that's prompting that question, and I respect it enormously." He completely glossed over the studied facts behind her sensible question, and never addressed them. Worse, he simply lumped her into the led-by-the-heart "pro-lifer" bucket, reading her mind and heart. (Perhaps his running mate has taught Mr. Kerry how to 'channel'). This woman's voice wasn't quivering, tears were not in her eyes, no t-shift portraying an embryos beating heart bannered her chest. It was a simple question based on emotionless facts at hand. I felt sorry that her wise question went unanswered, but I felt worse that she was so terribly patronized.

Kerry's disconnectedness is more glaring at every opportunity to be spontaneously caught on camera.