Stranger Name Checked in The New Republic
The New Republic cites the Stranger’s Urban Archipelago piece today. I think they’re making fun of us.
Similar, if more refined, sentiments popped up in print publications as well. The editors of Seattle’s popular newsweekly, The Stranger, wrote:
“Citizens of the Urban Archipelago reject heartland “values” like xenophobia, sexism, racism, and homophobia, as well as the more intolerant strains of Christianity that have taken root in this country. And we are the real Americans. They—rural, red-state voters, the denizens of the exurbs—are not real Americans. They are rubes, fools, and hate-mongers.”
Using the Washington Post’s conerservative Ben Domenech Red America blog debacle, the TNR article is about how “elitist” liberals shoehorn and stereotype Republicans.
It’s kind of ironic that they name check us on that score, given that we also hired a conservative blogger to do a weekly column last year—Sound Politics’s Stefan Sharkansky. Ask Stefan, and I’m sure he’ll confirm, that I asked him to defy conservative stereotypes and buck the GOP establishment. Notably, he did that for the Stranger in a column dinging Bush for ignoring GOP values.