Palin's small-town snobbery is faulty

Palin's small-town snobbery is faulty

There are 433 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 1, 2008, titled Palin's small-town snobbery is faulty. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Americans disdain snobbery in all its forms except the most popular one: reverse snobbery.

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readership is down

Chicago, IL

#25 Oct 2, 2008
It is always jsut the same nonsense from columists that cannot get a real job.

People wonder why newspapers are going under, Chapman.
Tom Boyd

Northbrook, IL

#26 Oct 2, 2008
I come from a small town in Southern Illinois and my wife comes from West Virginia. We love the communities in which we grew up but we live in an affluent suburb now. My wife drives a Volvo (used) and she laughs when she hears conservatives mock and denigrate "Volvo driving, latte sipping liberals...." Her reply is that she has always aspired to be well educated, well informed, more appreciative of new and better things and what the Hell's wrong with that! But the Repubs have promulgated the myth to get rural people to vote against their own economic interests.
MOLeary

Maywood, IL

#27 Oct 2, 2008
Steve Chapman just doesn't like Sarah Palin. He should say that and be done with it. He is taking something she said to give praise to small town Americans and turned it into her being a snob. This is ridiculous. Write something worthy of reading.
Miss Teen South Carolina

Grayslake, IL

#28 Oct 2, 2008
Sarah Palin didn't write that speech, so you really can't blame her for the old "small town values" trope. Some GOP speechwriter thought it would sound good.

If Katie Couric had asked her about small town values, then you'd get Sarah's real opinion, which would sound like this:

"Y'know, Katie, we got lots of real hard small town values with Russia rearing its ugly head and shoring up health care...it's all part of this financial crisis, and we have to watch Russia 'cuz they're gonna come to Alaska."
eddie

Naperville, IL

#29 Oct 2, 2008
TRIED AND TRUE,
BY YOUR RATIONALE, IF CHAPMAN HAD INSERTED "AFRICAN AMERICAN KIDS" IN PLACE OF "COUNTRY KIDS" THAT WOULD NOT HAVE CONSTITUTED A HATE ARTICLE. ARE YOU SURE?? I THINK THERE ARE SEVERAL MILLION PEOPLE THAT WOULD BEG TO DIFFER.
FedUp

United States

#30 Oct 2, 2008
Wow...

"Liberal treachery?"

Wow...

That's some major drama. I hate those pesky liberals...elites...whatever Rush tells me to call them.

Face it, she's NOT intelligent. Not presidential material. She's also a liar. "No earmarks?" Rrrriiiight.

That's not liberal, that's not elite, that's just the TRUTH.
Vaughan Johnson

Hinsdale, IL

#31 Oct 2, 2008
Tyler wrote:
Tribune column number 3,285 against Sarah Palin. Isn't there ANYTHING about this woman that Mr. Chapman, Mr. Silva, Mr. Zorn, Ms. Trice, or all the others in the Trib writing stable find to be positive. Not enough for an American citizen to be herself, to be intelligent, to be accomplished, to be a positive family person, to run the largest state in the nation, and to be charming to boot. Come on Tribune, give the anti-Palin stuff a break. You only damage your own reputation of journalistic integrity.
All of that would be enough if any of it were true. She's hardly intelligent and has accomplished nothing but scandal in her time as governor. Her positive family values include pushing her pregnant teenage daughter into the national spotlight. Alaska might be large geographically but it's pretty darn small population wise. Doesn't take much talent to govern empty land.

The Tribune has been supporting Republican candidates for decades. For them to regularly speak out against Palin should tell you something.
Kevin

Palatine, IL

#32 Oct 2, 2008
Palin is obviously unqualified for numerous reasons. The biggest reason that is not ever discussed is that prior to August, she was uninterested and ignorant in national issues, including foreign policy. Yes, the previous two presidents were sitting governors, but they had aspirations for the Presidency. Thus, they kept up with the national issues. Palin had admitted to concentrating on Alaskan issues which is perfectly fine if she just wanted to remain governor.

The fact that she and her supporters equate proximity to Russia and Canada as foreign policy experience is mind-numbing. Imagine the Repulicans reacting to a Democratic VP candidate saying that. She even thinks that Russia is across the "border" from Alaska. I guess she and McCain are relying on the ignorance of "Joe Sixpack" to get elected.
vla

Staunton, IL

#33 Oct 2, 2008
to terry: more than likely he hates all women, especially strong women who could care less what he thinks.
Cute little lefty

Chicago, IL

#34 Oct 2, 2008
Whatadummies wrote:
<quoted text>
RIGHT ON THE MONEY !!!
Mr.Chapman. Talking about Littly Man snobbery ... blah blah blah. Your Wive must to be envy of Sarah.
Hey "Whatadummies," the word is "wife" and it's not capitalized. And what on earth does "must to be envy of Sarah" mean? Sounds like something Sarah herself would say, as it makes no sense. Of course, I'm just being a snobby elitist with all that fancy grammar and punctuation.

Palin is a joke; everyone but those with their heads buried completely in the sand know it. McSellOut killed his chances when he risked the very future of our country in a crazed bid to win the presidency at all costs.
Vaughan Johnson

Hinsdale, IL

#35 Oct 2, 2008
Miss Teen South Carolina wrote:
Sarah Palin didn't write that speech, so you really can't blame her for the old "small town values" trope. Some GOP speechwriter thought it would sound good.
If it came out of her mouth, we can blame her for it. She's a grown woman who is capable of making decisions for herself. If she didn't agree with the sentiment, she should have said it regardless of who wrote it.

Since: Sep 08

Mobile, AL

#36 Oct 2, 2008
Mr. Chapman,
You claim "Most urbanites and suburbanites don't think they're any better than their country cousins." If this is even close to true, why do you hear the constant run of "red-neck", "country-bumpkin", "hick" and other derogetory slurs against country dwellers? No city dwellers don't look down on rural residents, least of all the Democratic candidate for president who stated that rural folks "cling to guns and religon" If that isn't think you are better than them, I don't know what is!
Conservative Bot

Grayslake, IL

#37 Oct 2, 2008
Vaughan Johnson wrote:
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The Tribune has been supporting Republican candidates for decades. For them to regularly speak out against Palin should tell you something.
Vaughan is right about the Trib. You Republicans who are railing against the Trib are getting it wrong. The Trib will endorse McCain/Palin. Keeping Palin in the spotlight every day, and having these comment boards froth with partisan bickering, serves the purpose of galvanizing the base and promoting the GOP ticket. Seriously. They have completely ignored Biden. Would you rather have Sarah Palin completely ignored?

You should be thanking the Trib, not threatening to cancel your subscription.
MomGrandma

Trenton, NJ

#39 Oct 2, 2008
Steve is rude and doesn't get it. After this bailout vote, I am casting my support for third-party Constitutional Candidate Chuck Baldwin. The 'DC hill' are the snobs and have lost my confidence in government as usual. Sarah, you are too good to be on the coattails of one of the 'reigning' parties.

“YES WE DID.”

Since: May 07

THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS !

#40 Oct 2, 2008
Tyler wrote:
Tribune column number 3,285 against Sarah Palin. Isn't there ANYTHING about this woman that Mr. Chapman, Mr. Silva, Mr. Zorn, Ms. Trice, or all the others in the Trib writing stable find to be positive. Not enough for an American citizen to be herself, to be intelligent, to be accomplished, to be a positive family person, to run the largest state in the nation, and to be charming to boot. Come on Tribune, give the anti-Palin stuff a break. You only damage your own reputation of journalistic integrity.
THE LARGEST STATE IN THE NATION AND THAT MAKES HER QUALIFIED TO DO WHAT????uhmmm

“YES WE DID.”

Since: May 07

THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS !

#41 Oct 2, 2008
Vaughan Johnson wrote:
<quoted text>
If it came out of her mouth, we can blame her for it. She's a grown woman who is capable of making decisions for herself. If she didn't agree with the sentiment, she should have said it regardless of who wrote it.
YOU SIR ARE SOOOO CORRECT!!!!
dtk

Chicago, IL

#42 Oct 2, 2008
She's just saying she likes white folks better than those seedy urban types - you know, blacks, hispanics, Jews, liberals.

I spent the first 20 years of my life in very rural Iowa. That values argument is empty. Just as much cheating on spouses, drinking and general "non-Christian" behavior there as there is anywhere else. It's a quaint little lie, but still nothing there.
Responsibility

San Bruno, CA

#43 Oct 2, 2008
[QUOTE who="tourneyClever speeches, dont change nothing..2 books dont change nothing.[/QUOTE]

Absolutely correct - intelligence, intellect, honesty, truth, a moral compass, good family values and leadership skills.

That will change everything.
Mike

Palatine, IL

#45 Oct 2, 2008
Wow, I really expected a little more from Chapman than to just roll over and go into the tank for Obama like the rest of the Tribune.

Whether you like Sarah Palin or not- it is disturbing to watch our news media, and other media outlights institute a compaign of character assination against her.- and the sad fact is that it is working. While Biden, a walking gaff master (amazingly- who voted against the Alaska pipeline) is given a free pass.

This is the reason that newspapers and the media is in decline- they are not an honest broker of information and opinion.
Bill P

Elgin, IL

#46 Oct 2, 2008
Chapman claims to be a centrist but in reality he is a far left looney.

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