All topics from haircuts to houses: Your upper-class “press corps” is very dumb, as such elites typically are.
Yesterday, the New York Times turned its emptiest young tribune loose on Mitt Romney’s oceanfront home.
Granted, the piece appeared on the front page of the Home section. It ran some 1800 words, accompanied by seven color photos.
On the other hand, this is the second time in the past six months that Home has offered an addled, sprawling report about the homes of Republican hopefuls.
Yesterday’s piece was tremendously dumb; December’s piece may have been even dumber. In that earlier report, Kate Zernike was forced to psychoanalyze Romney, Gingrich and five other candidates based on the state of their cribs. (See THE DAILY HOWLER, 12/29/11.)
In yesterday’s piece, Michael Barbaro moved beyond his own front-page report about Mitt Romney’s hair, the report which appeared last November. In this new piece, he interviewed a gang of simpering busybodies who live near Romney’s home in La Jolla.
That’s “derived from the Spanish word for ‘jewel,’” the brilliant young author informed us.
This is a very dumb piece. It turns on two basic ideas: The Secret Service can sometimes inconvenience people when it’s protecting our candidates. And busybodies are no longer restricted to the Salem Villages of our nation's east coast.
The stars of this piece are a gang of biddies who dream of wasting Romney's time as they expound on various issues. In fairness, all candidates have to put up with this sort of thing in this self-impressed modern age:
BARBARO (6/7/12): Mr. Clark, an accountant, is trying to organize a campaign fund-raiser at his home for President Obama and hopes to bump into Mr. Romney on the street, so he can explain, ''in a neighborly way,'' why he thinks his relationship with Mr. Maddox deserves the same rights and status as the marriage between Mr. Romney and his wife, Ann.When’s the last time you arranged to bump into a neighbor so you could make him hear your views on some political issue? Meanwhile, is anyone this side of Syria more daring than Duddy and Geiger? Despite the possible repercussions, they “make no secret” of their discomfort with some of Romney’s views!
A few houses up on Dunemere are Michael Duddy and his partner, James Geiger, who make no secret of their discomfort with some of Mr. Romney's politics. Chatting with Mr. Maddox and Mr. Clark a few weekends ago, Mr. Geiger playfully proposed hanging a gay-pride flag from the Italian stone pine tree in his yard ''so that Romney's motorcade has to drive under it.''
In fairness, a dope like Barbaro can make people sound much worse than they are. But this is a monstrously stupid piece, of a type this fatuous newspaper very much enjoys. In October 2004, the Times ran a sprawling report on the Sunday front page about Candidate Kerry’s troubling home, which was of course much too large.
Upper-class elites are always upset with those who are more upper-class.
That was one of the stupidest pieces in history. From its snarky headline and its dateline on down, Times reporter Robert Worth helped us understand “the air of privilege Mr. Kerry seems to carry with him.” (Dateline: ST.-BRIAC-SUR-MER, France.) Worth helped us understand various topics, from Kerry’s accent to the paintings found on the wall of his homes. Regarding the former key topic, “His accent is no longer the upper-class drawl of his youth, but his soft vowels and formal diction still hint at a privileged lineage.”
The election was only three weeks away when the Times unloaded that low-IQ bomb on the front page of its Sunday editions. Who but the Times would publish such crap? See THE DAILY HOWLER, 10/11/04.
(For the record, the inner circle had a long-standing problem with Kerry’s wife. Darlings, she was much too rich—and she was much too bitchy!)
(Last week, Digby was actually defending this past reporting about Kerry! It was her way of defending the bullshit about Ann Romney’s dressage.)
Last night, the hopeless Lawrence O’Donnell was exulting about Barbaro’s vapid new piece. He threw two of the busybodies on the air, letting us learn even more about their various views.
O’Donnell is a very dumb person. Wealthy elites quite typically are, even if we “liberals” can’t see this.