May 8th. 2009
“ …The same seems to have been true of a previous generation of conservatives—a generation that proudly considered itself “the remnant”, that would never have thought to make “elitist” an epithet. Contemporary conservatism, however, styles itself the champion of the everyman against coastal elitists, of common sense against Ivy League cant. If you claim to represent the innate wisdom of the ordinary people—the shared values and mores of the citizenry—then you’re not supposed to need a vanguard to persuade people of the truth of your views; by hypothesis, these are the views they already hold.
• Taken from an Economist blog post about the conflicts within the American Right.