This being Murray, cultural gaps loom large as well. His hypothesis is that elites and others are growing ever farther apart along cultural dimensions, and the book even has a test so you can see how out of touch you are. Here it is with my answers.
John McCain can't remember how many houses he has, and immediately he's hit by some with the charge of being an elitist. And so, this is our public conundrum: what exactly is the elitist tipping point?
The barbecue media script for this election has crow-barred Sen. Obama into the incongruous frame of the exotic effete elitist, irrespective of the fact that, on all counts, he's absolutely none of those things.
In Communist Poland, even when the government told the truth, the public had been conditioned not to believe anything it said. If the Republican propaganda machine isn't careful, it risks the same fate.
Obama is being described as unelectable, as incapable of connecting with working class voters, and as someone who might be uncomfortable with patriotism. Obama is being defined by others. It's time for him to do the defining.