Fighting elitism - the master at work
When it comes to avoiding elitism, Barack is about as clueless as they come. What he desperately needs to do is take lessons from the master: Bill Clinton. Bill can spend hours on end talking to and about people in small towns without talking down to them or about them. He really does feel their pain, in a way that Barack and his supporters probably never will. There was an article in the Washington Post by Eli Saslow entitled "In Small Towns, Bill Clinton Finds A Campaign Niche" that vividly portrays how in-touch Bill is with average, working-class Americans. There are plenty of things about Bill Clinton that people can dislike or even hate, but when it comes to relating to average, working-class Americans in small-town America, he is clearly the master and maybe always will be. He may be a dying breed, but he is still a national treasure.
Maybe if Barack and crew would do a little less sneering at the Clintons he could learn something from them.