More: Balloon Juice has a thread on totebaggers. I believe totebaggers are reasonable and fair-minded, affluent, well educated people who vote for Republicans sometimes and Democrats other times. I know a lot of people like this. They carry around those tote bags you get for contributing to PBS. Frequent PBS commentator David Brooks seems like a fair minded individual to a totebagger, if somewhat conservative in his inclinations. His voice is well modulated and soothing. It is hard for a totebagger to discern the difference between the calm and reasonable tones of David Brooks and those of, say, Bill Moyers, even though Moyers is saying completely different things from David Brooks.
However, NPR's Corey Flintoff, a similarly well spoken person, has been caught out in an off-guard moment, as a Balloon Juice commenter reports.
Remember the late Louis Rukeyser? We loved to watch Wall Street Week. That was our Friday evening treat! (I know, I know. Pathetic.) All those Wall Streeters would tell us with great authority how, where and why to invest. Ruckeyser made us feel very safe. I can hear his voice and see his face before me as I type this. It was the way it all seemed so solid, you know. And many people lost a lot of assets as they indulged in the warm fantasies of financial security and even wealth these people promised.