In Pennsylvania Obama was characterized as an elitist. I referred to his “clinging” and “voting against their best interest” comment as “liberal elitism”. While Obama’s elitist comment got a lot of attention, this one didn’t.
Fred Barnes, representing conservative, corporate, elitist thought, attempts to explain that working class is just the politically correct way to say lower class, or even less politically correct white trash.
Corporate, conservative, elitist thought has always been more comfortable with the notion of upper class, middle class, and lower class, than working class and capitalist class. The latter are concepts of populism and socialism.
Thomas Frank’s general thesis is this type of “conservative elitism” generally goes unchallenged because Democrats and liberals are uncomfortable with the language of class, populism.