20 December 2013

While a political journalist can’t plausibly claim to actually be a regular American, he can channel regular Americanness through skillful managing of his personal brand. Working-class friends or relatives can be flaunted, so as to absorb their regularness vicariously. (A soldier or a firefighter, is the jackpot, but a mundane blue-collar job can serve in a pinch.) Displaying working-class personal habits, like hunting or a strong rooting interest in the old hometown team, also helpfully conveys a grasp of the regular American manly virtues.