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  •  Who are 'villagers'? (7+ / 0-)

    We're ALL better off when we're ALL better off!

    by susanWAstate on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 09:12:13 AM PDT

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    •  Villagers (24+ / 0-)

      Susan the villagers are those Very Important People residing inside the beltway around Washington DC Who set the tone, frame the arguements and are essentially clueless as to what the rest of the real world think or live.

      They range from the baseball-watching bow-tie wearing George Will to the sputtering suck-on-this (machine gun) Thomas Friedman.

      "What? Me worry?"

      by Himself on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 09:30:00 AM PDT

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    •  it's a derisive term for the Inside the Beltway (26+ / 0-)

      pundents and other hangers-on who tend to think Washington DC was created for them and is their special little town. It's the permanent political/media/lobbying elite in Washington DC.

      David Gregory.
      Tom Brokaw.
      Tom Friedman.
      George Will.

      Liberals: Taking crap for being right since before you were born. - Driftglass (and the amazing Professional Left Podcast at

      by briefer on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 09:35:47 AM PDT

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      •  But...didn't Tom Brokaw bring us the ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ..."greatest generation" and all the good stuff that goes along with it?  No disrespect implied or intended to the Americans of the World War II (my parents) era.  But the sometimes "saintly" image bestowed on him does get to be a bit much. I do appreciate his part in raising awareness of their deeds...but I'm sure he did not do it to gain over-the-top recognition. just saying

        Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

        by kalihikane on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 08:18:19 PM PDT

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    •  they used to call it the "A" list (10+ / 0-)

      The people who get invited to the right parties.

      fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

      by mollyd on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 10:55:22 AM PDT

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    •  Its good to know the origin of the term. I knew (4+ / 0-)

      some of this, but it was kind of hazy so I looked it up.

      The true origin is from a Sally Quinn Article deriding how awful it was that the Clintons upset the "Village" that is Washington DC.

      Here's a taste...

      . THE LYING OFFENDS THEM. For both politicians and journalists, trust is the coin of the realm. Without trust, the system breaks down.

      "We have our own set of village rules," says David Gergen, editor at large at U.S. News & World Report, who worked for both the Reagan and Clinton White House. "Sex did not violate those rules. The deep and searing violation took place when he not only lied to the country, but co-opted his friends and lied to them. That is one on which people choke.

      "We all live together, we have a sense of community, there's a small-town quality here. We all understand we do certain things, we make certain compromises. But when you have gone over the line, you won't bring others into it. That is a cardinal rule of the village. You don't foul the nest."

      It really looks even worse from around 15 years in the future doesn't it?

      More detail from Digby.

      it stems from the notorious Sally Quinn article about the Clintons. But it's more than that. It's shorthand for the permanent DC ruling class who have managed to convince themselves that they are simple, puritanical, bourgeois burghers and farmers, even though they are actually celebrity millionaires influencing the most powerful government on earth.

      It's about their phoniness, their pretense of speaking for "average Americans" when it's clear they haven't the vaguest clue even about the average Americans who work in their local Starbucks or drive their cabs. (Think Tim Russert, good old boy from Buffalo, lately of Nantucket.)It's about their intolerable sanctimony and hypocritical provincialism, pretending to be shocked about things they all do, creating social rules for others which they themselves ignore.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

      by CTMET on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 06:26:02 PM PDT

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      •  Washington, DC (0+ / 0-)

        is the largest small town in America.

        Really.  I live here. I hate it most of the time.  I moved here from NYC.  And I grew up (at least part of my childhood) in a town of less than 1000 people. So I know both small towns and big cities.  

        Washington, DC is a great big small town.  

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 07:15:58 PM PDT

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      •  This: (1+ / 0-)
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        It's about their phoniness, their pretense of speaking for "average Americans" when it's clear they haven't the vaguest clue even about the average Americans who work in their local Starbucks or drive their cabs.

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 07:29:26 PM PDT

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