Bonus: she thinks she’s helping.
Kathleen Parker, hemi-demi-semi-conservative op-ed writer (now for the Washington Post; formerly the “conservative” half of the short-lived “Parker Spitzer” talk show on CNN), has gotten herself in trouble with the right before. There was a while there when she couldn’t seem to shut up about Sarah Palin; with time, her obsession with the woman became weird and ungenteel, to the point that I had to just quit Kathleen because there was no reason to take this intellectual relationship any further.
Now we find Girl Sunday “helping” the Republican side by critiquing the ‘countrified, hayseed’ Southern accent of a man in an Americans for Prosperity ad against Obamacare.
“I think you could find someone who doesn’t have a southern accent who is confused by this act,” Parker said. “We always seem to find the character who seems a little countrified, who can’t just fathom this. You know there there are plenty of smart sophisticated people equally hazy about what is really going on.”
I know, I know. It’s better to have these self-anointed elitists think you’re a dumb hick and just leave you alone. Incidentally, Parker is from Winter Haven, Florida, which granted is not exactly “the South.” She now resides, according to Wikipedia, in Camden, South Carolina. So she could be leaving Southerners alone just a little bit more, it seems.