Mother Jones Blogger Admits That Big-City Liberals ‘Tend to Sneer at Rural Working-Class Folks’

From:,  by Tom Johnson,  on Dec 10, 2016


Though it’s not clear whether the Democratic party will produce a post-presidential-election “autopsy report” like Republicans did in early 2013, there has been a lot of self-scrutiny among liberals since Hillary Clinton’s surprise loss. One example is a Friday post by Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum, written in response to a fellow liberal’s cluelessness.

After New York Times columnist Paul Krugman claimed to be unaware that “affluent liberals…sneer at the Joe Sixpacks,” an amazed Drum declared, “I’m not here to get into a fight with Krugman, but come on. Sure, the right-wing media fans the flames of this stuff, but is there really any question that liberal city folks tend to sneer at rural working-class folks? I’m not even talking about stuff like abortion and guns and gay marriage, where we disagree over major points of policy. I’m talking about lifestyle…Working-class folks like fast food.”

(Krugman had noted that his “neighbors on the Upper West Side” of Manhattan “don’t eat much fast food, because they believe it’s unhealthy and they’re watching their weight.” For the record, Drum said he likes fast food, “except for McDonald’s.” Not even the fries, Kevin?)

Drum went on: “We sneer at their holy-roller megachurches. (But not at black churches; never that.) We sneer at their favorite TV shows. We sneer at their reading habits. We sneer at their guns…We sneer at their supermarket tabloids. We sneer at their music. We sneer at their leisure activities. We sneer at their blunt patriotism…Maybe you personally don’t do it—though judging from the comments here, a lot of you do—but you hardly need to be an anthropologist to recognize that this kind of sneering shows up on TV, in newspapers, on Twitter, in books, on Facebook, and in private conversations all the time.”

The contempt, Drum recognized, is mutual but asymmetrical:

They also sneer at us. Fair enough. But as all good liberals know, there’s a big difference between a powerful group sneering at a vulnerable group, and vice versa. The former is a far bigger problem. And we educated city folks are, on average, far richer and more powerful than ruralish working-class folks. Our sneering has a power component that theirs doesn’t. I confess that it’s fun, and I enjoy my share of sneering in private, but I also accept that this attitude has political costs.


Surprise, surprise! The big-city liberals have finally admitted that they look down their noses at flyover country. We’ve known it all along. It doesn’t take a lot to get on the “wrong” side of a liberal; we on the right seem to have a knack for it. Remember when Obama made that comment about us: “they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them …” or Hillary’s more recent comment: “You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it.”

Wow, they really don’t think much of anyone who isn’t them, do they? That’s pretty much their view of anyone who isn’t a big city liberal. They must be surprised that so many of us didn’t get lost on our way to vote and figured out those new-fangled voting contraptions well enough to elect someone who wasn’t Hillary Clinton. That outcome sure has their knickers in a bunch, doesn’t it?

We, ordinary working-class folks, have been deemed, “sneer-worthy” by the liberal “elite,” so be it. 

I’d write more, but it’s supper time and I’m fixin’ to rustle me up some squirrel stew (shot it myself) and wash it down with a six-pack of cheap beer while watchin’ Duck Dynasty. Doncha know that’s their image of us – a bearded, overweight beer belly slouched on a tattered recliner watching NASCAR, belching and farting away with nary a “pardon me” in sight?





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2 replies

  1. What galls me is how much smarter they think they are, a fact which is obvious whenever you watch the news media elites interview a conservative. They’re so condescending and they presume to lecture their guests.


  2. I’m well aware of their disdain for our opinions. “Flyover country” is a reality to these elitist liberals, and it IS a foreign land to them. You know, where the Bible and the Constitution actually mean what they say, and all.

    To them, each is merely a set of suggestions for the lowly to be distracted by. Meanwhile, those who know will decide for the rest of us what is good for us, and we’re to shut up & like it!

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