Do right-wingers hate eggheads as much as they sometimes claim?
Since the word “egghead” is no longer as widely used as it once was, I’m going to play it safe here and tell you at the outset that the word is a reference to an intellectual.
Now, to the matter at hand:
Taken as a whole, our friends on the right side of the political spectrum seem to be divided on the issue of eggheadism. When Ivy League degrees are sported by the likes of Barack Obama or Bill and Hillary Clinton, your typical wingnut merely scoffs at such credentials. But when a right-winger has a similar academic pedigree…well, that’s different.
Snarky progressive blogger Steve M. has more to say about this stuff HERE:
The Republican base loves to denounce “elitist” liberals and Democrats, but, for some on the right, that contempt derives from a barely concealed envy. Right-wingers may praise the common people, but what many of them really want is for one of their own to give us stuck-up lefty eggheads a taste of what they regard as our own medicine. The ones who love [Ted] Cruz think it’s wonderful that he has Harvard and Princeton degrees, and love the fact that he tosses out allusions to philosophers they’ve never heard of, because they think he might be the one to deal out that sort of payback.
The right alternates between egghead envy and embrace of the Noble Primitive — Sarah Palin, Phil Robertson, George W. Bush right after 9/11, and Saint Reagan, of course. It may be that the latter is more in fashion for 2016, which mean the voters will embrace the gee-whizzy college dropout Scott Walker rather than Cruz. But some will always want to believe that conservative Doctors of Thinkology will trump those on the evil left. And they’ll be in Cruz’s corner.