Beltway Pundits, Obama's Vacation, and the Danger of the Spite Vote

Digby says:
Cokie Roberts said today that Obama shouldn't be going on vacation anywhere that has the "look of a foreign exotic place" and should go to Myrtle Beach instead. Apparently, Hawaii isn't quite American enough for Cokie and her provincial pals in the beltway, even though it's one of the 50 states.
I remember that Clinton got dinged right after he was elected for vacationing in Santa Barbara because it was too "California." Unless you're a Republican presidential candidate apparently you shouldn't go to any western beach, much less to Hawaii, unless you want to be called a foreign fag.
Basically, yes. This is a fine illustration of how spite voting works.

You see, "elitism" in this country isn't defined by how much money you have, but whether you ever enjoy your life.
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