"Note how baffled the administration is by sinking polls, tea parties, town halls, and, in general, 'them' -- the vast middle class, which, as we learned during the campaign, clings to guns and Bibles. For many in the academic community who have not worked with their hands, run businesses, or ventured far off campus, Middle America is an exotic place inhabited by aborigines who bowl, don't eat arugula, and need to be reminded to inflate their tires. They are an emotional lot, of some value on campus for their ability to 'fix' broken things like pipes and windows, but otherwise wisely ignored. Professor Chu, Obama's energy secretary, summed up the sense of academic disdain that permeates this administration with his recent sniffing about the childish polloi: 'The American people . . . just like your teenage kids, aren't acting in a way that they should act.'"
-- Victor Davis Hanson, Stanford University