Local political “know-it-all’s” definition of “elitist” perfectly describes Mike Pence

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Local Barry Pruett — our local, self-described political know-it-all (who also lost the race for county clerk-recorder in every precinct against Greg Diaz) — has returned to the blogosphere now that Trump-Pence has prevailed, enlightening us with his bull on hard-right activist George Rebane’s blog — the de facto finger painting project for local right-wingnut rants.

Pruett said he was a poll watcher for the Trump campaign in Reno this week. But rather than celebrating, Pruett ought to be ashamed of his candidates — by his very own definitions.

Like most “hard-righties,” Pruett’s favorite scare word is “elitism.” According to Pruett, an “elitist” one who arrogantly believes that they are “better than” and “know better how to run others’ lives.” He continues: “The elitist truly believes that he is ‘better than’ and therefore should be able to dictate to others how to live.”

I wonder if it occurred to Barry that this perfectly describes Mike Pence, the Vice President elect and former Governor of Indiana, where Pruett has lived (and earned a law degree from Valparaiso University).

In “Here’s What Mike Pence said on LGBT issues over the years,” Time reports: “A self-described “Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,”the former member of Congress was a prominent conservative figure in battles over marriage equality and equal rights in the last decade.”

Time continues: “Pence said gay couples signaled ‘societal collapse’

“He opposed a law that would prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace.

“He rejected the Obama administration directive on transgender bathrooms.”

I can’t think of anyone who more perfectly fits Pruett’s definition of a person who wants to “dictate to others how to live” than our incoming Vice President. You go Barry!

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

11 thoughts on “Local political “know-it-all’s” definition of “elitist” perfectly describes Mike Pence”

  1. That said I was surprised when Barry said he liked Bernie Sanders on facebook. Bernie definitely is not an elitist like tRump, Pence, Clinton, McConnell, LaMalfa, Ryan, and the rest of those nuts “on the hill”.

    1. He said “liked” Bernie of Facebook for whatever reason, but he volunteered to be a poll watcher for Trump’s campaign. That speaks volumes.

      1. Now Pruett thinks he is a “doer” because he shows up in Reno as a poll watcher for Trump’s campaign on Election Day. Sounds more like a really lonely guy to me.

      2. Thank you Jeff. He said he liked him because Bernie tells it like it is. For that part he is correct. I do agree with what you’re saying however.

  2. Then there’s George Boardman, whose stock market acumen equates to his family’s skills at managing restaurants.
    He wrote on Rebane’s blog: “After learning Sunday that the Trump mask is the most popular political mask this Halloween, I sold the rest of our stocks this morning.”
    Ha! The stock market is now at record highs. George’s mantra: “sell low, buy high.”

  3. And then there’s Gregory Goodknight, going apoplectic when Rebane and Paul state the obvious: that our County went purple, even blue, in this election. This guy hasn’t gotten it right since Prop. 23 (which even lost in our County).

    1. A tough afternoon for local Gregory Goodknight, whose “job” is “independent software engineer at my place” whatever that means. And up to eight people endorse his “skills.” https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-goodknight-6466466?authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=JlLk&locale=en_US&trk=tyah&trkInfo=clickedVertical%3Amynetwork%2CclickedEntityId%3A19503126%2CauthType%3ANAME_SEARCH%2Cidx%3A1-1-1%2CtarId%3A1478847473000%2Ctas%3Agreg%20goodknight

      Does that “career” get published in his Harvey Mudd college alumni magazine? ROFLOL!

      Gregory just can’t accept that his beloved County is going blue, right out from under him! Paul Emery and even George Rebane have recognized that.

      Here’s what Gregory had to say about Proposition 23, which was soundly defeated in California, including Nevada County.

      Some examples:

      – “Greg Goodknight September 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm
      You missed the biggest reason for big business to be against Prop 23… Carbon regulation *is* big business. Anything that creates billion dollar money streams will have its own built in constituencies.”

      – Greg Goodknight said…
      “No on 23 was sold on the promise of affordable, renewable energy. At some point prices will be rising in California, and we will be in a political silly season with campaigns in high gear. There had better be a burning heat wave lasting a very long time before that election. If it’s cold and raining, the perps won’t be popular.
      Reply June 05, 2011 at 01:24 PM”

      1. Poor Gregory. He resorts to bragging about his family (and his usual personal attacks) because he has so little to brag about himself. lol.

  4. “The dark lord of liberal lament land just got Trumped! 😉
    Posted by: Don Bessee | 10 November 2016 at 04:12 PM”
    Ha! No, Don, I’ve enjoyed the run-up in the stock market! I was a buyer last week, not a seller. You got “Hillary’d” in western Nevada County. Ouch!
    BTW, what are you going to do now that recreational marijuana passed in California? Move. ROFLOL!

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