It's Only Real If It's On The TeeVee
Or perhaps in the pages of a handful of elite publications. Or, perhaps, only real if one of Joe Scarborough or Jim Cramer's happen to see it. That's the conclusion I draw from watching these much mocked individuals being shocked to find they're being mocked.
I'm reminded of the time when Maureen Dowd was shocked to discover that people were criticizing the fact that she'd written the 4 millionth column making the point that Democrats are women unless they're women in which case they're men. People had been criticizing her for years, but not where her friends could see it.
For those who don't know, the amazing Digby was the first to use the term Villagers. It has come to mean those who live inside the Washington Beltway, in the Penthouses of New York and the media and politcal class in general. A good list of villagers would include:
1. Chris Matthews
2. Jim Cramer
3. Howard Fineman
4. Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Charles Gibson and any other nightly news anchor
5. David Gregory is a serious Villager
6. Maureen Dowd
7. Frank Hiatt of the Washington Post
8. Cookie Roberts
9. David "The Dean of Villagers" Broder
and the all time honorary Villager, though recently deceased...
10. Tim "Big Russ" Russert
They are truly idiots and so we mock them.