Shooting yourself in the foot…

(Via Matthew Yglesias)

This is a disappointing line of argument from Clinton about her gas tax cut:

Mrs. Clinton did not. “I’m not going to put in my lot with economists,” she said on the ABC program “This Week.” A few moments later, she added, “Elite opinion is always on the side of doing things that really disadvantages the vast majority of Americans.”

Throughout the exchange, Mrs. Clinton argued that she trusted her own eyes and ears instead. “This gas tax issue to me is very real,” she said, “because I have been meeting people across Indiana and North Carolina who drive for a living, who commute long distances, who would save money.”

I find such anti-elitist pandering incredibly sad coming from Clinton. Not only is it a remarkably Bushian line of reasoning but also a very much “shooting yourself in the foot” sort of thing to say.

I’m sure Clinton won’t be relying on “elite opinion”, which as you know “is always on the side of doing things that really disadvantages the vast majority of Americans”, in selling and fleshing out her health care plan, her trade policies, her energy plan, etc. etc. Who needs experts, eh?

Basically: her elites know better, all the others are full of it… I guess.

Really such shameless pandering to the anti-intellectual aspects of American political culture really is disappointing coming from a Democratic Presidential candidate. Its a Republican talking point that Clinton should be above.

UPDATE: More on this in an excellent post (a reprint of sorts) at Edge of the American West.

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