Today the McCain-Palin campaign announced the endorsement of Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee.
“In an election as important as this, we must choose the candidate who has a proven record of bipartisanship and reforming government, and that’s John McCain,” Rothschild said. “We can’t afford a president who lacks experience and judgment and has never crossed party lines to work for meaningful reform. Amid tough economic times and foreign policy concerns, we need someone who is ready to lead. Although I am a Democrat, I recognize that it’s more important to put country ahead of party and that’s why I support John McCain.”
Rothschild, an attorney and businesswoman, supported Sen. Clinton during the Democratic primaries. She will campaign for Sen. McCain through Election Day.
In an article on the NY Times:
And though she acknowledged that she and Mr. McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin “disagree on some issues,” Ms. De Rothschild declared: “I love Sarah Palin,” adding, “I think she’s pretty cool.”
Which gets back to the point made earlier about elitism being a separatist attitude rather than a material assessment. As I’ve said before, one of the most enlightening books on the current political scene is Edmond Morris’ The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.
There’s an brief interview on YouTube that CNN did with Lynn Forester de Rothschild after the recent announcement of her support for the McCain/Palin ticket.
Rather that characterizing Obama as elitist, wouldn’t it be more effective to point out that his “don’t stick with them, join us – we’re the wave of the future” is just an old school clique, writ large. Everyone understands cliques while the argument regarding elitism requires a certain subtly that soundbites lose.