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Quote of the Day

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 5:51 am

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; send your tips here.]

Katie Couric, she is just a regular person, and she likes regular people.  Don’t trust me?  Well, read on:

That’s why Couric has spent recent weeks in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is touring what she calls “this great unwashed middle of the country” in an effort to divine the mood of the midterms.

(emphasis added)  Isn’t that sweet the way she looks at us so condescendingly?

Also for bonus points, um, in what sense is Boston, New Jersey and Philadelphia the “middle” of America?  I guess Chicago counts, but that is about it.

Update: Jim Treacher has the best snark: “Katie Couric, the Great Unwatched.”

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

25 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. How quaint! How droll!

    She could have just consulted with Thurston and Lovey, but it speaks of her good breeding that she’s willing to speak to those of us beneath her station.

    I suspect the “mood of the midterms” is going to be a frightful shock to her.

    RedHatRob (9ea67f)

  2. To be 100% honest about it, I really don’t wash that often. But I’m the only person who works in this Rust Belt office, so I don’t feel like I need to.

    gp (72be5d)

  3. This is an appropriate post to insert the famous New Yorker cover art (by Saul Steinberg) of The New Yorker’s View Of The World (see

    A.S. (23bc66)

  4. As long as the flyover country is a foreign country to Katie and CBS/CNN/etc…the dino media will be unable to know why they are losing audience. Actually in the short term-its better that she doesn’t know.

    ukuleledave (e546ca)

  5. The only thing that surprised me about this was that she was so frank about her haughty condescending arrogant view of those outside of her bubble. If Boston, Philly, and Chicago are the great unwashed, imagine the disdain and revulsion she would have for ST Louis, Indianapolis, Kansas City, or some other hicktown.

    JD (ffe6ea)

  6. “In what sense is Boston, New Jersey and Philadelphia the “middle” of America?”

    Each of those cities are between Manhattan and Washington DC. When your entire view of the US is centered around those cities, it actually makes sense.

    Sean P (6f6c60)

  7. Was she wearing her Big Girl Serious Glasses when she said it to make more authoritative?

    daleyrocks (940075)

  8. I guess it would have been too gauche to visit places like Ft. Morgan, CO; Cedar City, UT; Murfreesboro, TN; and Wichita Falls, TX.

    Got to make sure you can still get a $100/plate dinner at night.

    Another Chris (2d8013)

  9. Katie’s a “let them eat cake” type
    of girl, isn’t she?

    I bet she doesn’t beat her servants,

    Jack (f9fe53)

  10. Daley

    > Was she wearing her Big Girl Serious Glasses when she said it to make more authoritative?

    Its called the “librarian look” and i think Client Number 9 often paid extra for that.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  11. I hope the FAA guys out here in unwashed country remember our motto:
    “Keep flying. Our airport’s broken.”

    Richard Aubrery (59fa91)

  12. With that kind of outlook on her own country, I wonder what news mags Couric reads on a regular basis?

    Dmac (ad2c6a)

  13. “Katie Couric, don’t know who that is, better check the cables”

    ian cormac (6709ab)

  14. Hey I have been in Chicago all week and Katie didn’t call me!!! I am bummed. I also find it amusing that she would think that this is some backwater right wing ghetto. Hey didn’t Chicago give the world our beloved President? (Peace Be Upon Him-and all of you as well) How about Hillary and Rahm and Deval Patrick amoung other Leading Liberal Lights? Katie thinks that the stock yards are still going and most of us kill cattle to make a buck when if fact what we do is supply the US with Liberals who what little good is left in our country.

    BT (74cbec)

  15. Correction: when in fact what we do is supply the US with Liberals who kill what little good is left in the country.

    BT (74cbec)

  16. Well, at least she’ll avoid her husband’s tragic end of (too late discovered) colon cancer. She spends so much time up her own, she’d see anything wrong straightaway.

    rtrski (c69273)

  17. Let’s see. Katie Couric is going to three large cities filled with Democratic voters, two of which are in the Northeast and the other of which is Barack Obama’s hometown. She’s also going to a small Northeastern city in a state which has no election for Senate or governor this year and where the Democratic congressman is strongly favored to win re-election.

    Somehow I suspect that these travels are not going to shed a lot of light on the national results of the midterm elections.

    Joshua (9ede0e)

  18. Katie is the “Pauline Kael” of our generation/time!

    AD-RtR/OS! (c987f6)

  19. Somehow I suspect that these travels are not going to shed a lot of light on the national results of the midterm elections.

    Katie dislikes a lot of “light” as it requires (in her case) such a higher degree of soft-focus that everything in the picture just disappears.
    HDTV is not kind to crones aging female celebrities.

    AD-RtR/OS! (c987f6)

  20. “Middle America” is a more a state of mind than a specific geographic location. There are parts of parts of New Jersey that could well be “middle America” (the farther you get from NYC, Phila., or Trenton, like Sussex, Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset Counties, and all of “South Jersey” except Camden County).

    But New Brunswick is a small city, and the home of Rutgers University. (Go RU!)

    And that is not middle America.

    NJ Mark (ebc589)

  21. There’s no “light” at the end of Katie
    Couric’s tunnel. I doubt that she could find middle America with both hands and a searchlight.

    Mike Myers (0e06a9)

  22. You know what I learned today from Howie Kurtz and Katie Couric? In 2006 and 2008 when the left is angry and organized then the country is apparently in desperate need of “change” and “a new direction.” In 2010 when the right is angry and organized then it is just a trivial matter of “Republicans fighting Democrats” and “Democrats fighting Republicans.” You see, only the left ever has legitimate reasons to be angry and motivated to go to the ballot box.

    JVW (041cdf)

  23. This entire meme was first propogated by noted NewsAnchor/Canadian/Doofus Peter Jennings, who declared that the American Public “had a temper tantrum today,” after the big wave in 1994. Some things never change.

    Dmac (ad2c6a)

  24. NJ Mark

    And unlike alot of people i don’t have a problem with NJ. i mean my parents are from the greater newark area. i still swear there is an “R” somewhere in the word “washington.” 🙂

    Honestly, i am sick of the anti-jersey stereotyping, which unfortunately is being perpetuated by a certain idiotic shot on MTV… sigh.

    but there is a narrow point, its not middle america. that is to the east of the original 13, and stops before the west coast.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  25. Unwashed is just that – unwashed. No getting around it like she attempted to on the Treacher link. And God, if I click another link and see her desperate cougar dance again, I’m going to be forced to chuck a Jimmy Choo at my screen.

    Dana (8ba2fb)

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