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Brie and the culture war

Posted by Christopher Shea  February 22, 2010 12:44 PM

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At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, in Washington, Minnesota's Republican governor, Tim Pawlenty, dusted off a familiar conservative trope by referring to liberals as members of a "brie-eating," Ivy-eduated elite that that sneers at ordinary folks who shop at Walmart. As a contrasting ideal, he held up "Sam's Club Republicans."

Ramesh Ponnuru, a writer for National Review and a commentator with impeccable right-wing credentials, immediately spoke out against this kind of divisive language. In a post titled "About Brie," he wrote: "It is one of life's great pleasures. I will eat it baked or raw; on a cracker or by itself."

He concluded, succinctly: "That is all."

Is the Republican Party, as is so often predicted, finally sundering over social issues?

I'm a goat Gouda man myself.

(Via Matthew Yglesias)
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