Out Of Touch Urban Liberals

Liberals are having a field day discussing the supposed irony of Rick Perry verbally bashing gays while supposedly dressing like one. See here, here, and here, for example.

OK, I get that politics is all about finding any way you can to mock your opponents, but all this shows me is that urban liberals don’t get Carhartts. Of course the gay cowboys in Brokeback Mountain (a decent, but over-rated, film) wore Carhartts; not because they were gay but because they were cowboys. For christ’s sake, everybody in rural areas wears Carhartts, whatever corner of the country they’re in. Conservatives tend to think liberals are out-of-touch with rural American, and lord how liberals are demonstrating it here.

Look, my liberal friends, Rick Perry is a Texas farmer. You might be hard pressed to find a farm in Texas that doesn’t have a Carhartt’s jacket hanging in the mudroom. One Hollywood movie just ain’t sufficient to make Carhartt’s a symbol of gay culture in America.

Grow up. Deal with the offensive content of Perry’s ad. But stop making yourselves look like effete urban pansies to whom flyover country is a foreign land, a place where you need a passport and a series of shots before you travel there. If you want to win America, you’d do well not to openly show your disdain for such a large part of it.

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21 Responses to Out Of Touch Urban Liberals

  1. Matty says:

    OK was wrong, in my defence.
    1. I thought it was amusing not evidence of anything
    2. America is a foreign country

  2. Lance says:

    Yeah, I get tired of every state that isn’t California, Massachusetts or New York being the punch line of some liberal writer.

    Remember the yokel character Woody from Cheers? He was supposedly from Hanover, Indiana. Once Carla was asked what she would do if she woke up in Indiana.

    “Run screaming to the nearest airport.”

    I always thought that Hanover was fictional but it is actually a lovely little town along a scenic and hilly stretch over looking the Ohio river.

    Ever been to Boston, especially Southie or Mattapan? I’ll take Hanover any day of the week.

  3. James K says:

    In New Zealand the brand of choice is Swanndri, but the principle is the same. For farmers clothing options will be driven by practicality more than anything else.

  4. James Hanley says:

    I’ve had Carhartts pants for work pants in the past. They’re fantastically durable. And every time I see a Carhartt’s coat in the store I want to buy one, then I remember that I hardly ever wear a winter coat anyway, and because of that I already have two that aren’t worn out because they’re rarely worn, and then I realize that it doesn’t make sense to spend the $100. But damn, they’re just great, and someday I’ll buy one just because.

  5. Michael Heath says:

    It’s Carhartt, not Carhatts.

  6. Michael Heath says:

    Even I did it. I meant to correct Carhartts to Carhartt, not correct Carhatts.

    That’s what I get for being pedantic on my phone, without my reading glasses.

  7. James Hanley says:


    You’re right of course, but everyone I know calls them Carhartts. I think that’s just part of the culture.

  8. D.A. Ridgely says:

    Worse yet, Carhartt became popular in the 90s with crack dealers, then hip hop musicians and then, worst of all, introduced a line of — OHMYGAWD! — women’s clothing around five years ago obviously pandering to the lesbian feminist element (largely one and the same, or so I’ve been told). So, you see, in reality Perry was sending out subliminal messages to the urban poor, rich African American musicians and lesbians that, in his heart, he’s their man!

  9. Michael Heath says:

    I live in northern Michigan, a sparsely populated, heavily wooded, area where two of our biggest industries are oil & gas and timber (the other being tourism). Carhartt dominates here, to the point you rarely see discounts on their clothing unlike all other clothing lines I see marketed with the exception of Orvis. They don’t penetrate much here since we’re also lower-working class though we have some world-class fly-fishing here which caters to a tiny crowd.

    Duluth Trading Co. seems to be looking to crack the market Carhartt now dominates and are getting great name recognition with some highly entertaining ads I’ve heard on local radio along with some memorable TV and Internet video ads. They can be seen here: http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/dtc-shared/about-duluth-trading-company/advertisements/advertisements.aspx, this one is particularly funny: http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/dtc-shared/about-duluth-trading-company/advertisements/features/Ad_beaver.aspx The radio ad for how to fix plumber’s crack is far funnier than the video.

  10. Dr X says:

    As ignorant ridicule goes, this is a rather trivial abuse of a person quite worthy of ridicule. Considering that a fair amount of criticism of urban blue state denizens is directed toward the generally more decent attitudes on diversity of religious, cultural, racial and sexual orientation, I’m willing to overlook a little tit for tat. Would I rather people be well-informed and less biased? Sure; I also reacted negatively to the stupid characterization of the jacket. There are people even around here that where it and I can’t imagine anyone bats an eye.

    But let’s not pretend this is some sort of one-side bias. Widespread conservative, white, rural attitudes toward non-rural American life often betray ignorant hostility. It isn’t all just a defensive reaction to elitist provocation. Especially in the US South, a crappy attitude based on their own history in the wrong survives quite independently of non-Southern provocation. You want to see some serious unwarranted attitudes of superiority, just check out comments on Obama in a typical conservative blog.

  11. D.A. Ridgely says:

    Thank goodness Dr X saved us from pretending “this is some sort of one-sided bias”!

    I, for one, am also thankful he was not only willing to overlook a little tit for tat but to engage in it as well!

  12. Dr X says:

    Well, I hope you didn’t really need rescue from what’s obvious, but if I helped you out, you’re welcome.

  13. BSK says:


  14. Lance says:

    Yeah, mudroom is kind’a slang for enclosed porch, vestibule or laudry room here in the midwest.

  15. Lance says:

    Oops, I of course meant laundry room not laudry room, sometimes also called utility room.

  16. James Hanley says:

    I had no idea “mudroom” would be confusing. It’s one of those words that’s so much a part of the vernacular where I’m from that I didn’t think twice, but suddenly I’m seeing it from an outside view, and it is an odd-sounding thing. But basically it’s a small room where you take off your shoes and hang your coat before entering into the house proper. It’s usually a back entrance, where you’d come in from the garage or back yard, not the front where guests would come in

    Dr. X–I don’t disagree, and obviously I’m not defending rural bigots. But I think even if we’re willing to let a little tit-for-tat go, it’s worth pointing out just silly this particular tit is.

  17. BSK says:


    I know what a mudroom is. However, it is never a word I used growing up (in the shadows of NYC on the Jersey side of the river). I live up in the “sticks” now which, by my standards, is 45 minutes northwest of Manhattan. I was making a joke about just how out-of-touch urban liberals are. I doubt most of my friends from home know what a mudroom is.

  18. James Hanley says:


    Jersey? Now I’m picturing you as a Jersey Shore type! (We all have our provincialisms, sad to say).

    But I am glad you’re enough of a hick to know what a mudroom is.

  19. BSK says:

    Jersey Shore? HA! I actually grew up in a bit of a nexus. For all intents and purposes, we were an extension of New York City. But we’d never consider ourselves New Yorkers since we didn’t even live in that state. I lived far enough north that I considered Newark to be Central Jersey, the shore to be South Jersey, and everything beyond that was either Atlantic City or Philly.

    For a long time, I considered myself a “suburbanite” (in fact, the local town newspaper was called “The Suburbanite”). I mean, we didn’t live in mid-town Manhattan, so we had to be the suburbs, right? Where I live now would have been considered the sticks. Anything beyond that would have been uninhabited. Traveling to the middle of the country, I realize how skewed my baseline was. Where I am now is much more of a suburb in the traditional sense of the word. Of course, chasing deer of my lawn and not having a good Pho place in walking distance makes me feel like I’m on the moon.

  20. James Hanley says:

    chasing deer of my lawn

    Hah, suburban deer! Civilization’s self-inflicted curse.

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