Video: Looking for McCain supporters on the Upper West Side

posted at 12:35 pm on October 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

In which the apocryphal Pauline Kael quote about Nixon and McGovern comes magically to life. A fun clip but easy pickings; doubtless you’d get similar reactions wearing Obama gear in some red-state counties. Still interesting, though, for the same reason this is — as a taste of political culture inside the Big Blue Apple. Note to Geist: Next time conceal the camera and see how people treat you then.

Lucky for him that he works for MSNBC. This sort of “unhelpfulness” is apt to get you named Worst Person in the World.


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Ahhhhhh…a mid-day palate dirtier.

ManlyRash on October 31, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Why I left NYC. The place is full of sophomoric, self-righteous assholes that think they know better because they haven’t walked on a patch of grass their entire lives.

Dr. Manhattan on October 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Not that its a big deal but I have seen many many many more people in NYC and surrounding areas with McCain/Palin pins (Even a pair of young African American woman over on the Jersey side of the river)

Yesterday too as I left work in Time Square there was a nice little rally of about 30 people on the Island infront of the military recruiter, more people there had Democrats for McCain signs then just normal generic signs.

Sure its not gonna be close in the city, but its nice to see people here trying.

Rbastid on October 31, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Love the Vanderbilt shout-out Joe gives there at the end.

warrenmr on October 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

My old neighborhood for many years. Looks the same, except the liblezbians look older.

JiangxiDad on October 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

MSNBC tells the truth about the culture of hate embraced by the left?

Whats next? Dogs and cats living together?

csdeven on October 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

This will on Olbermensch tonight… headline news…..

Mcguyver on October 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Howard Stern did another search and destroy man on the street. They asked a bunch of Obama supporters if they agreed with his selection of Palin as VP. They all said yes and thought she would do a great job. lol!

Blake on October 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

And also, depending on the neighborhood in Nashville, you may get that kind of response if you had McCain t-shirts. Very blue area here in Music City proper.

warrenmr on October 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Yeah, “similar.”

Grow Fins on October 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Willie should have held a poster with a wuote by someone who’s allegedly seen the Khalidi tape:

Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can’t release it is because statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast. He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying “Israel has no God-given right to occupy Palestine” plus there’s been “genocide against the Palestinian people by Israelis.”

I’d like to see those retards on the upper west side (where I used to live) deal with that. Idiots.

Meanwhile, absentee voting from Israel is going 3:1 for McCain …

progressoverpeace on October 31, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Those are the nicest west siders i think i’ve ever seen, jeez

Defector01 on October 31, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Its nice to know where all the losers are.

mindhacker on October 31, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Grow Fins on October 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Yes, and all Obama supporters are misogynists.

Slublog on October 31, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Watch the monkeys dance

LimeyGeek on October 31, 2008 at 12:50 PM

He shoulda asked “But why do you like Obama” I’d expect silence.

Rbastid on October 31, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Hey! I’m down in the Village right in the heart of NYU country.

Help! and….

VOTE REPUBLICAN ALL THE WAY DOWN THE LINE!

J.J. Sefton on October 31, 2008 at 12:50 PM

This is why I hate going to work every morning– I have to ride with these crusty know-it-alls on the subway. UWS is the worst section in Manhattan. Politics aside, all life and fun has been sucked out of it (if it ever had any to begin with).

Pasalubong on October 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

You could do the same thing in Boston. My sister-in-law lives there and doesn’t know anyone who is voting for McCain.

rockmom on October 31, 2008 at 12:52 PM

J.J. Sefton

I’m in the Village all the time, JJ. More than once I’ve walked into some vinyl record stores and heard Rush or Levin. Swear to God. There’s weird pockets of resistence in the Village/SoHo. No such thing in the UWS, though.

Pasalubong on October 31, 2008 at 12:53 PM

I have known many people like this, from a few years ago, when I was a “leftie”. We would talk like this all of the time. Now I’m in recovery.

gxpgxp on October 31, 2008 at 12:53 PM

MSNBC tells the truth about the culture of hate embraced by the left?

Whats next? Dogs and cats living together?

csdeven on October 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

Yeah, I have to admit to being shocked to see this, and give them credit for it. Maybe some of them at that network aren’t beyond all hope, given the proper perspective.

I’ll be watching for the apocalypse when I leave work today.

MadisonConservative on October 31, 2008 at 12:55 PM

Yes, diversity is so needed, surely is, yolp, yepper…

benrand on October 31, 2008 at 12:57 PM

That video of the McCain parade is pretty shocking. Is there any wonder people look at NY and New Yorkers as uppity arrogant jerks? You wouldn’t get that kind of treatment for any political rally in any other place in America.

I would think that if the view was so superior, they wouldn’t need childish gestures and comments to defend their position. That was disturbing. The most disturbing thought is that these people generally think they are ‘BETTER’ than other Americans. It is sad.

ThackerAgency on October 31, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Grow Fins on October 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

No comparison. The idiots in your clip are brain dead moron’s that were drawn to that event from all over.

The clip from MSNBC are folks just going about their business in their own neighborhood. We would expect there to be a modicum of rationality, but it appears that the entire upper west side is inhabited by the lefts version of brain dead moron’s.

csdeven on October 31, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Tolerance? Nope
Open-mindedness? Nope
Bitter Leftist clinging to their politics? Check

Tim Burton on October 31, 2008 at 12:58 PM

UWS is the worst section in Manhattan. Politics aside, all life and fun has been sucked out of it (if it ever had any to begin with).

Pasalubong on October 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

It’s like some weird backwards Calvinist Switzerland or leftist Stepford world. It’s so uptight it’s creepy. Actually, all of Manhattan sucks now. It’s more like epcot-manhattan than a real place anymore. Truly weird, in an uncool way.

JiangxiDad on October 31, 2008 at 12:58 PM

McCain definately has supporters in Manhattan, they just know to keep a low profile in this sea of PDS.

vdocam on October 31, 2008 at 1:00 PM

What a parade of asshats. I would bet so many of them grew up in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten island, etc and now consider themselves elitists because they live in The City. Place most of them out West (except Hollywood and San Fran) and they come across as weird aliens with ignorant sounding accents. The image a New Yorker has of himself vs what his identity is as others see him is vastly different.

Note to New Yorkers: when you’re visiting Cali (as they call it) tevas with black socks and white legs just don’t look cool in those LL Bean, Bermuda shorts. Panther!

PC14 on October 31, 2008 at 1:02 PM

And also, depending on the neighborhood in Nashville, you may get that kind of response if you had McCain t-shirts. Very blue area here in Music City proper.

warrenmr on October 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Speaking as a resident of Nashville, you couldn’t be more accurate.

The truth in the video is that southern hospitality would be the reason why people wouldn’t be so rude to you, regardless of your politics. But just as in any city in the US there still would be some idiots. The difference is that the obnoxious folks in Nashville are the ones who just moved here from the Northeast.

Tman on October 31, 2008 at 1:04 PM

I like the one lady trying to rationalize that the same treatment would be given to an Obama supporter in a heavy republican area

UM NO, not quite and the point is all the smart, tolerant people are supposed to be in New York

Topsecretk9 on October 31, 2008 at 1:08 PM

The truth in the video is that southern hospitality would be the reason why people wouldn’t be so rude to you, regardless of your politics. But just as in any city in the US there still would be some idiots. The difference is that the obnoxious folks in Nashville are the ones who just moved here from the Northeast.

Exactly, native Nashvillian here and although you would find some Obama supporters here I don’t think anyone on either side would be so rude. Manners still goes a long way down here. And most democrat or republicans down here know that no matter what age they are if they are that rude to people their momma would slap the crap out of them for it still.

Darksbane on October 31, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Truly weird, in an uncool way.

JiangxiDad on October 31, 2008 at 12:58 PM

I’m really trying hard to find a reason to come up to NYC for a visit. This isn’t helping.

No. I won’t be going to ground zero….

LimeyGeek on October 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Howard Stern did another search and destroy man on the street. They asked a bunch of Obama supporters if they agreed with his selection of Palin as VP. They all said yes and thought she would do a great job. lol!

Blake on October 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Heh. I love those gigs but they scare the hell out of me. Sometimes it’s more comforting not to know.

a capella on October 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Fifty-four years on the planet and never been to New York City. My whole life has been wasted in the heartland. I could have been a snooty libtard. What a shame.

SKYFOX on October 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

My collie says:

Proving once and for all, that when the native Americans sold Manhattan for beads/trinkets, THEY got the better end of the deal.

Bring back Rosie vs.The Donald — maybe THAT would make NYC interesting again.

CyberCipher on October 31, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Fifty-four years on the planet and never been to New York City. My whole life has been wasted in the heartland. I could have been a snooty libtard. What a shame.

SKYFOX on October 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

A suggestion. It’s an amazing physical site to see, built and created by people long dead, and peopled by temporary residents lacking the slightest sense of what made it all possible.

So visit one day. It’s like going to see the Forum in Rome, even while knowing that the current inhabitants likely don’t even know who the ancient Romans were.

Don’t pay the slightest attention to anything or anyone that’s alive. It’s a trip into history.

JiangxiDad on October 31, 2008 at 1:19 PM

AP

I totally disagree that you’d get a similar reaction from red-states. The far right would be a lot more courteous and willing to chat, in an effort to convince you to switch to the right.

The left just think they’re intellectually superior to you, therefore you’re a waste of their time.

iamse7en on October 31, 2008 at 1:20 PM

I’m really trying hard to find a reason to come up to NYC for a visit. This isn’t helping.

No. I won’t be going to ground zero….

LimeyGeek on October 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Sorry, missed this. Well, read above, and enjoy.

JiangxiDad on October 31, 2008 at 1:20 PM

Say hello to my neighbors.

Yep, that’s my neighborhood all right. Just call it LIBTOWN, USA.

Lucky me. And No, I didnt see this guy doing his schtick or I would have gone over and said HI. But I was in Fairway the other day and saw TONS of people with OBAMA buttons on. And somehow they were all surly and nasty and mean and looked pissed. No surprise, huh….

Always Right on October 31, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Not just in NY, try the West Coast and it would be MUCH WORSE. MUCH MUCH MUCH WORSE.

In the wrong neighborhood, the guy would be lucky if he didn’t have something thrown at him, more than one someone would inevitably confront him. If he had a sticker on his car, it would probably have slashed tires. Definitely nastiness that couldn’t be put on television would be shouted from a distance. At the very least they would laugh sarcastically in his face.

This is from someone that lived there a lot of years. They’re incredibly tolerant, as long as you think just like them. Are there conservatives there? Yeah, but they don’t talk about it much.

GeeWhiz on October 31, 2008 at 1:25 PM

I was in Fairway the other day

me too! baguettes.

JiangxiDad on October 31, 2008 at 1:29 PM

If that dude was doing the same thing in a street in my town as an Obama supporter I wouldn’t be nice. I would do my chant: ‘OoohbamaOoohbamaOoohbama’…while bowing like a crazy cultist from an ashram or a mosque. I would have a copy of ‘Audacity’, ObamaNation and Freddoso’s book to ‘enlighten’ him, but that would be a waste, unless he read them and passed them on…
Whatever, the people in this video made me physically ill, but I was surprised that MSNBC was a bit ‘generous’ to our side; as if it makes the situation any better.

Christine on October 31, 2008 at 1:40 PM

New York is such a wonderful place, but it’s a shame how infested it is with libnuts. It’s like the biggest college dorm on the planet, in the best and worst sense.

Kensington on October 31, 2008 at 1:43 PM

“Not just in NY, try the West Coast and it would be MUCH WORSE. MUCH MUCH MUCH WORSE…
…This is from someone that lived there a lot of years. They’re incredibly tolerant, as long as you think just like them. Are there conservatives there? Yeah, but they don’t talk about it much.” GeeWhiz
I’ve been in San Diego County since ’83 and I’ve been up north and to LA, so i know exactly what you mean. The people who would slash your tires are from UC Santa Cruz and certain areas of LA, San Francisco and any major city. A lot of them are suffering from white guilt or black entitlement.
Sadly, my family in Ohio could have been among those people on the West Side of NYC, even tho my bro would try to appear tolerant. He hates Sarah Palin; altho he hasn’t told me why I know…boy, do I know.

Christine on October 31, 2008 at 1:47 PM

The biggest libtards and their descendants from all over the planet come to live in NY. If people didn’t think it was a Daily Show style thing, he would have got beaten.

Speedwagon82 on October 31, 2008 at 1:50 PM

If Olbermann had any balls, he would at least acknowledge this.

Speedwagon82 on October 31, 2008 at 1:51 PM

“It’s not surprising, then, they [Upper West Side voters] get bitter, they cling to Starbucks or the United Nations with antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-conservative sentiment or anti-tax sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Fixed it for Barry.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 31, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Who was rude in that video? I thought most everyone was pretty reasonable.

Constant Parrhesia on October 31, 2008 at 1:55 PM

typical…

Kaptain Amerika on October 31, 2008 at 1:56 PM

These people would see us all killed if they had their way.

ronsfi on October 31, 2008 at 1:59 PM

He shoulda asked “But why do you like Obama” I’d expect silence.

Rbastid on October 31, 2008 at 12:50 PM

As Hannity likes to ask the libs, “Name one accomplishment of Obama.” Usually the response is silence.

I finally came up with a response for the libs. It’s this:

Barack Obama’s major accomplishment is the inspiration of those who believe in him to commit voter registration fraud, campaign finance violations and journalism intimidation.

I’m sure the list can grow.

shick on October 31, 2008 at 2:01 PM

If BHO gets elected, then New York is going to return to its state in the 70’s (which most of these west side retards don’t know or remember). A little refresher course: Apartments on West End Ave were going for $1 so that people would just be released from their maintenance payments.

Back then, it took Felix Rohatyn and an improving American economy to keep New York from total insolvency. This time, there won’t be any outside help, since BHO’s programs will drive the US to insolvency – which is a situation that no one wants to come face-to-face with, since it is really, really, really bad stuff that the Earth has never seen in its history (the collapse of the world’s reserve and trade currency).

People are playing with fire, here, and they don’t even know what fire is.

progressoverpeace on October 31, 2008 at 2:14 PM

SKYFOX on October 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

You should visit. I’m a Sandhills guy and have been there a couple of times on business. I enjoyed it tremendously. It has a whole different feel than any other city, but I couldn’t keep up with the pace for very long. I would really enjoy a bus tour or something similar through the 5 boroughs.

a capella on October 31, 2008 at 2:25 PM

UWS is the worst section in Manhattan. Politics aside, all life and fun has been sucked out of it (if it ever had any to begin with).

Pasalubong on October 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

The UWS is mostly about the Park, and it works well if you have kids and like outdoor exercise. Otherwise, things are probably more interesting below 23rd street.

dedalus on October 31, 2008 at 2:58 PM

maybe i should move from jacksonville to the UWS, seems like a very nice place to live.

custer on October 31, 2008 at 3:12 PM

This is why I hate going to work every morning– I have to ride with these crusty know-it-alls on the subway. UWS is the worst section in Manhattan. Politics aside, all life and fun has been sucked out of it (if it ever had any to begin with).

Pasalubong on October 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

I am a New Yorker and face the same problem every day. I think at times that I am living an underground life – people just assume I am a leftist.

Hilts on October 31, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Fifty-four years on the planet and never been to New York City. My whole life has been wasted in the heartland. I could have been a snooty libtard. What a shame.

SKYFOX on October 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

A suggestion. It’s an amazing physical site to see, built and created by people long dead, and peopled by temporary residents lacking the slightest sense of what made it all possible.

So visit one day. It’s like going to see the Forum in Rome, even while knowing that the current inhabitants likely don’t even know who the ancient Romans were.

Don’t pay the slightest attention to anything or anyone that’s alive. It’s a trip into history.

JiangxiDad on October 31, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Agreed. I love New York but rather dislike a lot of New Yorkers. The Museums, restaurants, theaters, parks – all worth seeing.

Hilts on October 31, 2008 at 3:19 PM

That one woman at 1:23 made my blood boil. A self righteous typical Upper West Sider.

Hilts on October 31, 2008 at 3:21 PM

When I went to FIT and started College Republicans there (ha, you can imagine how successful that was. NOT.) I did a few things like this around midtown and around my campus and let me tell you, people were not happy.

I would not do this in my neighborhood of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn though. I would get shot.

mboprey on October 31, 2008 at 3:32 PM

Robin Williams said it best in a joke about New Yorkers.

What’s a New York hello? Shut the F’up!

Kini on October 31, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Try it on the upper west side of Philadelphia and you would get your throat slashed. Ahh the freshness of Obamaites wafting across America’s fruited plain. I’m afraid God has had a enough and we are going to get what so many wanted but it won’t be what’s the best for us as a nation.

wepeople on October 31, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Fifty-four years on the planet and never been to New York City. My whole life has been wasted in the heartland. I could have been a snooty libtard. What a shame.

SKYFOX on October 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Having grown up there until 1987 (pre- Rudy Guiliani days).On return visits I have found that the city has been transformed for the better. I wouldn’t even bother understanding a NY Lib. Then again, I spent most of my youth in the east village experimenting with different substances. Nevertheless, NYC does deserve a visit due to its rich history and great landmarks.
BTW, I’ve always envied folks who live in the heartland.

gzelmiami on October 31, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Yeah, “similar.”

Grow Fins on October 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Yeah, unlike Revs. Wright and Pfleger and their Marxist tool Obama who knows all about “typical white people” and the white trash who “cling to guns and bibles”. The Republicans have a small minority of supporters who are racist. The Democratic Party IS OWNED AND RUN BY RACISTS.

Django on October 31, 2008 at 5:58 PM

These people must loathe layovers in “flyover country”.

Black Adam on October 31, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Those people are the reason I specify I am from UPSTATE when I tell them I am from NY. I remember when I was young there was a rumor of NYC breaking from the State. Then they realized they would loose have their income from the state taxpayers and have to import all the city’s water.

cobrakai99 on October 31, 2008 at 8:08 PM

I spent 5 years in Nashville, and agree with Joe and the other commenters here… You’d never see such snobbery there.

Can you believe the tolerance of the tolerant left? These people openly saying they don’t have friends who support McCain and wouldn’t be friends with someone who was? Way to bring the country together Barry!

RightWinged on October 31, 2008 at 9:08 PM