Writing about the recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll on the number of books Americans read in the previous year, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Sauders pounced on how AP reported the findings – specifically, that “liberals read more books than conservatives”:

The poll found that among people polled who read at least one book in the last year, liberals read nine books and conservatives read eight.

When I called Michael Gross, associate vice president of Ipsos public affairs, to find out more about the Ipsos poll, he told me the one-book difference “is within the margin of error, it’s not a statistically significant difference.”

This statistically insignificant finding was enough to give former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder (D-CO), now the president of the American Association of Publishers, an excuse to crow about how much smarter liberals are, as compared to conservatives:

“The Karl Roves of the world have built a generation that just wants a couple of slogans: ‘No, don’t raise my taxes, no new taxes.’ It’s pretty hard to write a book saying, ‘No new taxes, no new taxes, no new taxes,’ on every page.”

She also told AP that liberals “can’t say anything in less than paragraphs. We really want the whole picture, want to peel the onion.” …

Notes Saunders, “[a]ccording to Schroeder, as a conservative, I’ve got a bumper sticker for brains.”

Brevity – not bloviating – is the soul of wit. The reason liberals can’t say anything in less than paragraphs is because they are smug, self-satisfied windbags.

That’s why The Stiletto thought it was more than a bit of a stretch for people to “worry that [the new ABC sitcom “Cavemen”] will reinforce racial stereotypes by encouraging viewers to identify the maligned Cro-Magnons with African-Americans,” as Stanley Fish put it in a recent column, “A Fictional Minority” (TimesSelect subscription required).

Though the writers and producers all disavowed any equivalency between the proto-humans and blacks, Fish insisted on insisting, “[o]f course it’s a show about minorities and racism.”

As a conservative, perhaps The Stiletto is being too literal but she believes the show is not about racial prejudice at all. It’s about prejudice against people who are – or are perceived to be – intellectually inferior by the elites. Clearly those Cro-Magnons are conservatives.

Note: The Stiletto writes about politics and other stuff at The Stiletto Blog.

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