Great take by Arthur Chrenkoff:
If the rest of the world are indeed Blue States, then our media and creative elites feel far more at home overseas than they do back in America which is much more split between the Blue and Red States, and where, regardless on specific political affiliations, the majority of people have generally positive feelings about their own country. Not only is it a matter of the staff at “Newsweek” and other major outlets having pretty much the same attitude towards America as do people in Berlin or Bangladesh, but trashing your own country actually serves a useful purpose of ingratiating and legitimizing yourself to your overseas audience – put the American flag in a rubbish bin, sneer at the swaggering Texan cowboy, and bemoan the Iraqi quagmire or the failure to ratify the Kyoto agreement and you can instantly show yourself to be a different, “good” American, more sophisticated and in-tune than the yokels back home. The foreigner are bound to think you’re wonderful and reward you with recognition and applause – what comedian Martin Short once called getting the “French ego juice.”
Meanwhile, Will Collier runs roughshod over a Washington Post columnist who no doubt feels that he’s also “more sophisticated and in-tune than the yokels back home”.