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Pauline Kael Could Not Be Reached For Comment

July 18th, 2010 - 1:23 pm

Ed Morrissey recently made an apt comparison between the Obama administration and the late New Yorker film critic:

An apocryphal quote had New Yorker magazine film critic Pauline Kael claim to be surprised by Richard Nixon’s landslide re-election, saying that no one she knew voted for him. That quote gets pulled out on occasion to demonstrate the cluelessness of media and academic elites about the nature of the American mainstream. The actual quote was somewhat more damning:

“I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.”

In other words, it’s not an accidental cluelessness, but deliberate snobbery.  That seems to be the case for this administration as well.

To paraphrase one of Kael’s most famous book titles, somehow, the Obama administration lost it at the movies. But as Steve Green asks, was it Star Wars or Brazil?

(Or The Godfather?)

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