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Polito's Take: The Politics of Snobbery

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From FOX 25 news commentator Jim Polito:

Our fair city of Boston has been ranked third as "America's Snobbiest City" by the people at Travel and Leisure Magazine. San Francisco and New York came in at first and second. I take exception with the third place ranking. Oliver Wendell Holmes coined the well-deserved Boston nickname, "The Hub of the Solar System." It eventually transformed into The Hub of the Universe and then just The Hub.

If you don't believe we are a snobby city, just take a look at the people we elect. Here are three examples, leading off with former Senator, now Secretary of state John Kerry. While campaigning in Philadelphia, during his failed 2004 presidential bid, a street vendor asked if he wanted cheese on his steak sandwich. Kerry said, "Could you put some Swiss cheese on it?" Swiss, On a Philly cheese steak?! That's like dipping lobster or steamers in melted margarine to cut down on the fat.

Next there's Governor Deval Patrick. How does he celebrate after the Boston marathon bombers were caught? He goes out to his Berkshire country home and changes into his Nantucket Reds shorts, polo shirt and boat shoes. Then he heads to a five star restaurant where he eats duck confit and washes it down by slamming back a few slightly chilled chardonnays. Governor Patrick is so out of touch with regular people that he thinks a clam bake is some kind of seafood soufflé.

Finally, there's Senator Elizabeth Warren. When asked by a supporter what they could do to help her campaign, she said talk to the people you're in line with at the cheese shop. The average person gets their cheese at the supermarket. If you go to cheese shops, chances are you don't want some rube bothering you by talking petty politics.

What really makes these three into super snobs is the fact that they actually believe they know what's best for us.

By the way, Martha Coakley is a runner up on this list for her refusal to shake hands with the common folk outside T-stops and Fenway.

Our fair city of Boston has been ranked third as "America's Snobbiest City" by the people at Travel and Leisure Magazine. San Francisco and New York came in at first and second. I take exception with the third place ranking. Oliver Wendell Holmes coined the well-deserved Boston nickname, "The Hub of the Solar System." It eventually transformed into The Hub of the Universe and then just The Hub.

 

If you don't believe we are a snobby city, just take a look at the people we elect. Here are three examples, leading off with former Senator, now Secretary of state John Kerry. While campaigning in Philadelphia, during his failed 2004 presidential bid, a street vendor asked if he wanted cheese on his steak sandwich. Kerry said, "Could you put some Swiss cheese on it?" Swiss, On a Philly cheese steak?! That's like dipping lobster or steamers in melted margarine to cut down on the fat.

 

Next there's Governor Deval Patrick. How does he celebrate after the Boston marathon bombers were caught? He goes out to his Berkshire country home and changes into his Nantucket Reds shorts, polo shirt and boat shoes. Then he heads to a five star restaurant where he eats duck confit and washes it down by slamming back a few slightly chilled chardonnays. Governor Patrick is so out of touch with regular people that he thinks a clam bake is some kind of seafood soufflé.

 

Finally, there's Senator Elizabeth Warren. When asked by a supporter what they could do to help her campaign, she said talk to the people you're in line with at the cheese shop. The average person gets their cheese at the supermarket. If you go to cheese shops, chances are you don't want some rube bothering you by talking petty politics.

 

What really makes these three into super snobs is the fact that they actually believe they know what's best for us.

 

By the way, Martha Coakley is a runner up on this list for her refusal to shake hands with the common folk outside T-stops and Fenway.

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