This morningâ€™s Washington Post includes an amusing piece of apocrypha, in which George Will recounts Prius-bound liberals locked in combat within the constrained parking area of a Bethesda Whole Foods.
Â As someone whose secret shames include a succession of Subway cards, I have been inside Whole Foods precisely once in my life. I own an old subcompact rather than a Prius. I take no personal umbrage at any specifics of Willâ€™s piece.
Will is a prolific contributor to a familiar genre: Liberals as Goofy Other. This should not be confused with several related Liberal Other genres: Liberals are Ungrateful Children, Liberals are Greedy Seniors, Liberals are NaÃ¯ve Do-Gooders, Liberals are Hypocritical Rich People Sticking it to Working-Class People, Liberals are Envious Nonsuccesses Seeking to Exploit Americaâ€™s Entrepreneurs, Liberals are Atheists or Jews,* Liberals are Anti-Semites, Liberals Hate White People,** Liberals are Implicit Racists Calling Other People Racists, Liberals are Libertines, Liberals are Anti-Straight-Sex Prudes, Liberals are Gay, Unless They are Named Clinton,*** Liberals are Cultural Elitists, Liberals are Enemies of Meritocracy, etc.
These genres are a tad inconsistent. Thatâ€™s ok. Anti-liberalism is a big tent. Anyway,Â these stories are meant to be enjoyed rather than scrutinized or seriously believed.
*These categories are interchangeable.
**Republicans try to keep Liberals Hate English-SpeakingÂ People confined to the talk radio circuit, given political imperatives.
***Make that Bill Clinton.