(h/t Sic Semper Tyrannis)
Current "rural liaison" for John Edwards (because Edwards can't bother to mess with rural areas himself) and former advisor to Jim Webb's campaign last fall, Dave "Mudcat" Saunders, has become a new contributor to TIME.com's "Swampland" blog. He posted his first blog today, and had some interesting things to say. For instance...
"I have bitched and moaned for years about the lack of tolerance in the elitist wing of the Democratic Party, or what I refer to as the "Metropolitan Opera Wing". These are the people who talk of tolerance but the only true tolerance they ever exhibit is for their own pseudo-intellectual arrogance."
...he is not a fan of how the "Metropolitan Opera Wing" views rural citizens, either...
"I am certain I will get personally attacked for this next statement, but in all honesty, I don't care what the "Metropolitan Wing" of my party thinks. I don't like them. The damage the pseudo-intellectuals have done to my party by abandoning tolerance, combined with their erroneous stereotyping of my people and culture, is something that brings out my incivility...I must add that this same intellectual arrogance and intolerance overtook the party years ago, and for that very reason, my people in rural America left the tent."
...finally, he goes after a certain group of liberal bloggers...
"So to those bloggers who believe in a straight-forward dialogue and exchange of ideas, God bless you and thank you. Together, you're coming up with a lot of good stuff, and frankly, much of it has been helpful to me. At the same time, those Democratic bloggers, who have appointed themselves as intellectually superior and believe the only way to win an argument is to shot the loudest with personal attacks, you can go to Hell."
...I imagine some of the DailyKos crowd, and a few Virginia bloggers, are in the crosshairs of these comments.
Needless to say, if you read the comments below Saunders's post, there are a lot of angry Dems. Many of which sneer at "Mudcat" for being an "ignorant hillbilly", which goes back to what he was saying about the stereotypes the "Metropolitan Opera Wing" holds about people from rural areas.
It's an interesting read, to say the least.