I my piece on lefty anti-intellectualism today, I related an observation from P. J. O’Rourke:
“There’s also a whiff of highbrow in Siberia. For a hick town, Irkutsk had too many opera houses, theaters, museums, and academic institutes. This is because, for hundreds of years, the smarty-pants reformers, annoying idealists, and know-it-all do-gooders were sent here for life. It’s as though everyone who voted for George McGovern was packed off to Lubbock, Texas.”
You could not make the same joke about Obama voters or Occupiers — or, especially, about Jon Stewart’s audience — because nobody expects any of them to start an opera house or an academic institute.
In the comments, there was a lot of lefty haw-hawing to the effect that nobody on the right gives a damn about things like opera.
I suppose I should have noted that the New York City Ballet performs in the David Koch Theater.