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Timothy Egan writes a guest column in the NY Times in which he whines that Joe the Plumber got published. He starts off the article saying "I don't want you writing books," and goes on to rip the plumber to shreds, rhetorically.

And yeah, I'm not going to buy the guy's book, but... who is Timothy Egan, anyway? The "about the author" section for this column just says "Maureen Dowd is off today." Hm, looks like he's written some books, or something. What were his credentials before his first book was published, anyway?

No true progressive tells someone "I don't want you writing books." Grr.

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firstfrost
Dec. 9th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay. I am not sure whether Egan is a technocrat or an elitist from that particular column (which in and of itself suggests that he's not a great writer). His objection to Palin does seem to be grounded in her being an incoherent user of the English language (which sounds like an attack on competence as a writer); his objection to Joe the Plumber seems to be more that Joe is an all-around loser. The complaint about credentials was an attack on his not having a plumber's license, which might be back towards elitist again, but I've always been told to make sure that contractors who work on my house are licensed...

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