One of the accusations the right tend to throw at their opponents in Western countries is that they are out of touch with "real people". In the US that means that Democrats are portrayed as Middle Class snobs who spend more time discussing policy over mineral water and lattes in plush New York cafes, instead of downing beer with the Good Ol' Boys and empathising and identifying with Blue Collar workers over their problems. As well as showing a total failure to understand what your average Blue Collar worker thinks.
Well yesterday Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, showed distain for policy support for the more economically vulnerable in our society, when she sneered at Senator Obama's experience as a community organiser
Being a community organiser is not just about whether one is an elected official or not. It is about being in a position to help those who are on the margins of society achieve something better for their lives. So Governor Palin was not just insulting Barack Obama, she was insulting the people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed in Chicago in the 1980s. People who Obama helped as a Community Organiser.
One wonders just who is out of touch here!