This weekend brought two pieces examining the mysterious and terrifying parts of the country that don’t want to push the President down a flight of stairs: The Guardian’s Boise, Idaho and the New York Times’ Provo, Utah. Which piece is more condescending? Which city is stupider?
From the Times, a pitch-perfect combination of condescension and stupidity:
Another student at Brigham Young, Danielle Pulsipher, a junior, offered blanket approval of the president. Asked to name which of his actions as president she liked most, she was hard-pressed to answer.
“I’m not sure of anything he’s done, but I like that he’s religious — that’s really important,” Ms. Pulsipher said.
The ol’ “find a college student to say something idiotic” approach always yields great results. But the Guardian goes one better by just quoting the governor of Idaho. Jim Risch on Hurricane Katrina:
["]We had a dam break in 1976, but we didn’t whine about it. We got out our backhoes and we rebuilt the roads and replanted the fields and got on with our lives. That’s the culture here. Not waiting for the federal government to bring you drinking water. In Idaho there would have been entrepreneurs selling the drinking water.”
Idaho is stupider than Utah, and the Guardian is the reigning champion of smug superiority. Goddam limeys.