In part two of his interview with the Republican ticket, NBC's Brian Williams had an interesting exchange about who are the elitists that John McCain and Sarah Palin rail against.
"Who is a member of the elite?" Williams asked, according to excerpts of the interview, which will air this evening on "Nightly News."
"Oh, I guess just people who think that they're better than anyone else. And-- John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American. Hard-working, middle-class Americans who are so desiring of this economy getting put back on the right track. And winning these wars. And America's starting to reach her potential. And that is opportunity and hope provided everyone equally. So anyone who thinks that they are-- I guess-- better than anyone else, that's-- that's my definition of elitism," Palin replied.
"So it's not education? It's not income-based?" Williams inquired.
"Anyone who thinks that they're better than someone else," Palin said.
"It's not a state of mind? It's not geography?" Williams asked again.
"'course not," Palin answered.
"I know where a lot of 'em live," McCain added with a laugh.
"Where's that?" Williams asked.
"Well, in our nation's capital and New York City," McCain replied. "I've seen it. I've lived there. I know the town. I know-- I know what a lot of these elitists are. The ones that she never went to a cocktail party with in Georgetown. I'll be very frank with you. Who think that they can dictate what they believe to America rather than let Americans decide for themselves."
The Georgetown cocktail party seems to be a favorite bogeyman for McCain.
He made another reference in defending Palin earlier this month against Republican critics. "If there's a Georgetown cocktail party person, who quote, calls himself a 'conservative,' and doesn't like her, good luck," McCain told the Des Moines Register editorial board, waving his hand dismissively.
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