POLITICS

Palin Spokesperson Disparages East Coast

Matt Yglesias flags this part of a New York Times article on Sarah Palin, her "brand," and her "Real American Stories" teevee show that offers yet another example of the institutionalized hatred that "Brand Palin" has for broad swaths of America:

"It's not the kind of thing that's going to excite you guys on the East Coast, but everyone else is dying to hear stories like these," said one of her representatives who was not authorized to speak on the record but was authorized to slam the East Coast.

I've no idea why Palin's representatives feel that residents of the East Coast, where America's heritage was forged, would be at all unexcited about "Real American Stories," but there you have it: the East Coast can basically suck it, for some reason.

This is basically Palin's stock in trade. Let's recall Juliet Eilperin's report on a 2008 campaign fundraiser in North Carolina:

"We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. We believe" -- here the audience interrupted Palin with applause and cheers -- "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation. This is where we find the kindness and the goodness and the courage of everyday Americans. Those who are running our factories and teaching our kids and growing our food and are fighting our wars for us. Those who are protecting us in uniform. Those who are protecting the virtues of freedom."

In the end, North Carolina ended up not being "real America" enough, so now the whole East Coast gets indicted.

At any rate, it's not clear that Palin's "Real American Stories" excited any region of Americans.

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