Thursday, May 13, 2010

Elena Kagan, The Pernicious Vaudevillian, and Oedipus.

If vipers had radio shows, Rush Limbaugh would be chief among them: Viperidae Vaudvilleana.

During the May 10th broadcast of his extravaganza of radio lies, Limbaugh attacked Kagan as a "liberal elitist theoretician" who has "no clue how real Americans live," citing her prior residency in cities including New York. Don Vito Limbaugh, puppet-master of the right wing, said in huffing-puffing detail:

This woman Kagan, she supposedly is there to make sure the court deals with the despised and the downtrodden, with the despised and the poor, and so forth. She doesn't know anything about it. She's lived at Harvard; she's lived at Hyde Park in Chicago, inside the Beltway, and the Upper West Side of Manhattan. As is the case with all liberal elitist theoreticians, they have no clue how real Americans live, they think they know how Americans ought to live. And that is what they want to use the judiciary for. They're totally animated by their prejudices and their biases.

Limbaugh's Elitist Roots

Yo. Who you callin' elitist? Come over here and say that. 

Depending on how you draw its boundaries the Upper West Side is home to around 350,000 people, which, last I looked is about 10 times the size of Limbaugh's home town, that paradigm of Americanism, Cape Girardeau, MO - which that paradigm of young vehicular man-slaughterers, Laura Bush, recognized as a "Preserve America Community." 

Americans also are one of the most urbanized countries on Earth. 81% of us live in cities or suburbs. Only 19% of us live in towns like Cape Girardeau. Hmmm. 

I believe Cape Girardeau's town motto is "From the few, even fewer, and better make 'em white while you're at it."

Cape Girardeau is almost 90% white, around 8% African American and 1% each Hispanic and Asian. (The country at large is about 72% white, 14% Hispanic, and 11.5% African American.)

Limbaugh's family has many lawyers, including his grandfather, father and brother, David. 

His uncle, Stephen Limbaugh is a Reagan-appointed federal judge in the U.S. District Court for Missouri's Eastern District. 

His cousin, Stephen Limbaugh, Jr., is currently a judge in the same court, appointed by George W. Bush. 

Limbaugh's grandfather, was a Missouri prosecutor, judge, special commissioner, and member of the Missouri House of Representatives in the 1930s and longtime president of the Missouri Historical Society. The Federal Courthouse in Cape Girardeau is named for grandpa Limbaugh. 

Kagan's Non-Elitist Roots

On the very same day of the right wing vaudevillian's diatribe, the New York Daily News, in a display of excellent research journalism, printed this headline and story by Mike Daly (click for full article): "Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan grew up one block away from Murder Hotel hellhole."

I don't know about you, but that sounds quite real and distinctly non-elitist to me. (Anyone who remembers that little neighborhood from the 1970s will also remember it as "Needle Park," so bad was the heroin problem then. )

What is even more impressive is the contrast between Limbaugh's demonstrably elitist family and Kagan's folksy (in a New York way) activist father, Robert Kagan.

"We represented about 300 tenant groups who were fearful of [being forced to leave] their homes, suspicious of the bait being offered and angry at being forced into a co-oping process few of them knew anything about," his law partner, William Lubic, said in a eulogy at the elder Kagan's funeral in 1994. "Bob was inventive, skillful, a tough negotiator and an effective advocate."

Lubic added, "But always Bob Kagan had the human touch - the touch of a man who loved and respected his fellow human beings."

Elena Kagan's mother was a public school teacher as are her two brothers. Those are her elitist roots.

The only thing that marks Kagan as part of an elite is that she left Hunter College [public] High School for Princeton undergrad work, went to Oxford for her Masters, then Harvard for her J.D. (This seems like a good time to point out that Limbaugh dropped out of Southeastern Missouri State University because, as his own mother said, "He flunked everything.")

One has to wonder about a guy who couldn't fight his way out of what amounts to an academic paper bag then attacks great educational institutions and its alumni. What kind of weird, loose-screw, Freudian, Oedipal feelings does Limbaugh have toward his family circle of elitists, his failures early in life?

Lucky for him he can contemplate such complicated feelings in his home in salt-of-the-earth Greenwich, Connecticut - 90% white, average family income of $171,000 per year. 

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