My friend Bret (see below) was getting his quote from this WSJ column by Jame Taranto. It is a must read.
There is one important difference between the American oik and his European counterpart. American patriotism is not a blood-and-soil nationalism but an allegiance to a country based in an idea of enlightened universalism. Thus our oiks masquerade as–and may even believe themselves to be–superpatriots, more loyal to American principles than the vast majority of Americans, whom they denounce as “un-American” for feeling an attachment to their actual country as opposed to a collection of abstractions.
The article contains this excellent observation from Charles Krauthammer:
a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.
Of course I could point out how neocons like Krauthammer have long practiced this same elitist slur campaign against paleos, but I’ll save that for another post.