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I totally forgot about this – or you know, mentally repressed it, whatever – until I saw a posts on Feministe and Feministing about it.

Don’t put my health in air quotes, John McCain. First, air quotes? Really? Secondly, on the off chance you actually become president, your VP choice doesn’t give me the luxury of showing similar disregard for your health!

Update:  More blacklash after the jump.

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I’ve been really hesitant to write about the frightening racism that’s been displayed at McCain/Palin rallies lately.  It’s partially because I don’t fully understand what’s going on, and partially because I have such strong feelings about it on a gut level, that I’m afraid what my feelings would look like if I truly explored this recent phenomenon intellectually.

Because of this I was really glad to see Frank Rich’s editorial in the Times today.  He describes what’s been going on in such a thoughtful and comprehensive way.  One thing that struck me about this editorial is the overwhelming number of hyperlinks.  The law student in me appreciates a man who cites his sources, something the Right seems to have a hard time doing these days.

I just finished watching John Stewart, and he did a little segment on how the media is explaining the financial crisis to us like we’re six-year-olds.  Literally.  ABC News did a cartoon.  A cartoon.  How has the idea that the “true” America is comprised of a bunch of “Joe Six Packs” become so ingrained in our national narrative?  Joe Six Pack may need a cartoon to explain the financial crisis to him, but really – most of us don’t.

I know a lot has been written about this, but every time I hear the word “elite” or “elitism” used as an epithet, I cringe.  The political world is the only place “elite” is something bad.  The Special Forces are elite.  And thank God.  You couldn’t send a bunch of hacks out to do their job.  But somehow in politics, education at great schools, intellect, and the ability to see a complex and nuanced world (which may or may not include the eating of arugula and the ability to correctly pronounce “Pakistan”) are considered a detriment by many.  Like a lot of people I know, I’ve dedicated so much of my life to education and learning, and it’s terrifying to see that decried every time I turn on my television.

I understand that the left and the right have our differences.  But I don’t understand a whole side of the debate displaying the scorn we’ve seen in the last few years, and in this campaign in particular, for intellect.  David Brooks, conservative columist at the New York Times, describes how we went from the intellectual Republicans of days past to – Sarah Palin.

Every time I hear the McCain/Palin campaign’s rants about the Ayers issue, I think, read the papers – the Dow is down about 1,000,000 points, no one cares about your shameful Swiftboat-like attacks.  Unfortunately, one of the occupational hazards of having fall break is that I’m forced to watch The View, and you guessed it, Elisabeth Hasselbeck does care.  Very much. And somehow I think she’s not the only one.

Which is why I was glad to see this awesome Gail Collins column in the New York Times yesterday.  By McCain standards, many of us have a guilt-by-association-worthy connection.  McCain included.

Note: Elisabeth Hasselbeck makes me want to tear out my hair.  Why the hell do I watch The View?