Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Arrogance of the Left

Now this is rich! If anything, it should prove more liberal bias in yet another print medium.

Book chief: Conservatives want slogans

Liberals read more books than conservatives. The head of the book publishing industry's trade group says she knows why — and there's little flattering about conservative readers in her explanation.

"The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple slogans: 'No, don't raise my taxes, no new taxes,'" Pat Schroeder, president of the American Association of Publishers, said in a recent interview. "It's pretty hard to write a book saying, 'No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes' on every page."

I didn't realize that Pat Shroeder was such a simplistic thinker. Here are the results as relayed by the AP. Shall we try to decipher them? (or just cipher, as some say)

The AP-Ipsos poll found 22 percent of liberals and moderates said they had not read a book within the past year, compared with 34 percent of conservatives.

Might I suggest another reason. More conservatives actually work for a living. I suspect if you removed the self help/self pity books from this equation, the numbers would be even.

Among those who had read at least one book, liberals typically read nine books in the year, with half reading more than that and half less. Conservatives typically read eight, moderates five.

OK, so all of this fuss over a difference of ONE, yes 1, book per year (among those that read at all). One book per year is all it takes in the liberal mind to verify their own brilliance and superiority. Moderates appear to be lucky if they can read.

By slightly wider margins, Democrats tended to read more books than Republicans and independents. There were no differences by political party in the percentage of those who said they had not read at least one book.

Let's weed through this. Liberals read more than Conservatives, but Democrats read about the same amount as Republicans? I'm trying to reconcile that, but it could mean several things. Either there is a massive number of liberal Republicans reading up a storm, or there are a bunch of Conservative Democrats that never crack a book. I think that we can only conclude that this poll has no meaning whatsoever, and that Pat Shroeder shouldn't be the the head of anything.

I suspect the real reason for these differences, if they exist at all, is that more conservatives are raising a family. How many parents are able to actually sit for any length of time and read? Anyone?

In any case, its nice to see Schroeder doing such a good job at highlighting her own arrogance, as well as that of the left. As Dirty Harry once said, "You're a legend in your own mind."