I read this over at Atrios' blog:
MATTHEWS: OK. Let me ask you about how he -- how's he connect with regular people? Does he? Or does he only appeal to people who come from the African-American community and from the people who have college or advanced degrees?
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What Matthews doesn't understand is that light brown, brown, dark brown and black people who were born in this country ARE REGULAR AMERICANS.
Also, Matthews has a college degree, so that puts him in the category of a "non-regular" person. Matthews thinks that regular people are undereducated or noneducated white folks. A little racism and reverse elitism there?
This is exactly the unspoken but very much in evidence racism that Senator Obama talked about in his speech "A More Perfect Union."
Matthews, and I'm sure others like him, see nothing wrong with what he stated. They don't see the huge insult and condescension to all people who don't fit his idea of what a "regular" American is.
What if a black teevee commentator had said this about George W. Bush when he was running for president:
"OK. Let me ask you about how George W. Bush -- how's he connect with regular people? Does he? Or does he only appeal to people who come from the white community and from the people who have no college or advanced degree?"
Huge insult to those who would have been George W. Bush supporters. Huge.
And the idea of expecting a man or woman running for president to be anti-education is absurd. Who are these Americans who disparage college degrees? Every parent I know--especially those not well off--want their children to get a college education. Why do people like Matthews think a well informed intellect would be an impediment to attaining the presidency?
How does Matthews keep his job?
Wait. I know. We Americans admire stupidity.