Bob Kerr’s Condescension
Sometimes Bob Kerr is really difficult to take, and I’m beginning to put my finger on the reason. In his Friday column, he characterized Rep. Barney Frank’s quip that conversation with a particular town hall participant would be like “trying to have a conversation with a dining room table” and query as to her planet of origin as “a small, witty and welcome comeback.” From Frank and Kerr’s perspective the response was justified, but it takes a smarmy condescension objectively to declare that a powerful man telling a young lady among the public that she’s like a table was merely small and witty.
The statement recalls another instance, just after the election, when Kerr described this bumper sticker as “clever and funny and not mean-spirited”: “Joe the Plumber, Meet Barack the President.” Not mean-spirited because Kerr says it to be so. And now, with anxious Americans crowding town hall meetings and unable to keep the cool tone of a LaRouche supporter making Nazi comparisons, Kerr opines:
So maybe, just maybe, a big bunch of us will look at how close we are coming to a total breakdown in the way we are supposed to conduct our public business. We might even be embarrassed and disturbed at how a calculated sideshow of irrational raving has threatened to keep us from learning the things we need to know. We might want to try reasonable debate again.
Does Kerr allocate some of the blame to an administration that, as one of its first acts, released a report broadly citing conservatives as potential terrorists, thus signaling how it perceived opposing views? No. Does he urge restraint from a Democrat Congress that’s been passing expensive, power-grabbing legislation like rectal gas, in such a way as to diminish the opportunity for the American people to have their opinions considered? Nope. Does he take to task members of the mainstream media — ostensibly objective reporters — who openly mock citizens who disagree with the liberal line? Yeah, right. Does he sympathize that a ravenous government and the various strata of elites who unquestioningly support it are scaring a large number of the hoi polloi? Not on your life.
How fortuitous that the same issue of the Providence Journal should print an op-ed by James Haught drawing our attention away from the current administration to call President Bush “a religious crackpot, an ex-drunk of small intellect who ‘got saved.'” Should we expect critiques from Kerr of the visceral hatred from his co-leftists?
I suspect not. The opinions of the likes of Kerr is clear: We, the smart people, are now in power, and the rest of you should just shut up and listen.