Speaking as a native New Yorker, may I say there’s perhaps nothing more absurd than watching a former mayor of New York City sneer at people who like cosmopolitan towns.
Well, I disagree — Giuliani was sneering at people who sneer at towns that aren’t cosmopolitan enough, and he can do this comfortably because he is so closely identified with America’s biggest, (arguably) most cosmopolitan city. The message: wait, you think Wasilla isn’t cosmopolitan enough? Funny. I think you’re a snob and an ass. But at least Matt is referring to the speech that I saw.
Andrew, on the other hand, seems to be referring to another speech entirely:
The one moment that stays with me tonight, oddly enough, was not Palin’s speech. It was a line from Giuliani, a New York mayor with a young second third wife and gay friends, mocking a “cosmopolitan” who was brought up by a single mother. It was that Barack Obama’s rise could “only happen in America.” And it was designed to mock him, the first African-American candidate for the presidency of the United States.
This strikes me as a misreading of the “not cosmopolitan enough” line. I find the second sentence perplexing. Yes, Giuliani has a colorful personal life and he is tolerant of lesbians and gays, to his great credit in my view. But given that Giuliani never referred to Obama’s upbringing as the child of a single parent, I don’t get how he was “mocking a ‘cosmopolitan’ who was brought up by a single mother,” rather than the media elite.
The post also implicitly suggests that one is not permitted to poke fun at the first African-American candidate for the presidency of the United States. Or you can’t poke fun at someone who was raised by a single mother. Which is convenient.