Kathleen Parker offers this advice for media elites who are trying to figure out why they are so disconnected from the rest of the country: Study Sarah Palin.
These are the folks who have found light in Sarah Palin and who have been a major part of the Palin frenzy. They will vote the McCain ticket regardless of whether Palin can rattle off Supreme Court cases with which she disagrees. They recognize themselves in her. To them, her lack of polish and knowledge feels like an absence of slickness and glibness.
McCain’s hunch that Palin would catapult him into the White House ultimately may prove wrong, but the Palin phenomenon and the mainstream media problem are of a piece. Therein lies the answer to the media’s self-inquiry.
Contempt for one’s audience is not a sure way to its heart. Palin’s people feel that contempt and they have identified its source as the enemy.